Special Issue "Drug Therapies for Fibromyalgia: On the 30th Anniversary of the American College of Rheumatology 1990 Criteria"

A special issue of Biomedicines (ISSN 2227-9059).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kim Lawson
Guest Editor
Department of Biosciences and Chemistry, Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK
Interests: fibromyalgia; pain; potassium channels; drug design/discovery
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In 1990 the American College of Rheumatology developed the criteria for the classification of fibromyalgia, a common complex persistent widespread pain condition. Treatment is often difficult, usually involving an empiric approach to drug therapy focused towards the individual symptoms of pain, fatigue, sleep disorder and cognitive dysfunction. Current medications are often limited in their effectiveness due to patients discontinuing use as a consequence of a high incidence of adverse effects. Drugs targeting a diverse range of molecular mechanisms have demonstrated modest improvement of health status in patients with fibromyalgia. Thus, the heterogeneity of fibromyalgia, suggesting existence of patient subgroups, central and peripheral aspects of the pathophysiology and a requirement of treatments targeting multiple molecular dysfunction need to be considered in the identification of new or improved therapies for the condition. For the 30th Anniversary of the ACR 1990 criteria authors are invited to submit original or review articles of preclinical and clinical findings contributing to the understanding of drug therapies for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Dr. Kim Lawson
Guest Editor

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  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Central sensitization
  • Drug targets
  • Novel molecular mechanisms
  • Fibromyalgia animal models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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