About the Lab

The Chronic Pain Laboratory at Mayo Clinic, led by Andreas S. Beutler, M.D., uses computer science, molecular techniques and neurobiology to investigate chronic pain and improved pain management options and medications.

Chronic pain ranks among the most common medical problems, yet analgesic treatments frequently fail. Chronic pain affects millions of Americans, including those with cancer, and often results in disability and poor quality of life.

Dr. Beutler's Chronic Pain Lab has three main areas of pain research:

  • Transcriptomics and epigenetic mechanisms of chronic pain
  • Bioinformatics methods in chronic pain
  • Gene therapy for chronic pain

About Dr. Beutler

Dr. Beutler is an associate professor of oncology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Beutler, also a consultant in medical oncology, has a special interest in pain management and symptom control in patients with cancer.

Dr. Beutler obtained his medical degree and research doctorate from Hanover Medical School in Germany in 1994. He came to the U.S. in the early 1990s to explore the use of gene therapy for pain, training as a visiting graduate student under the mentorship of Fred "Rusty" Gage, Ph.D., of The Salk Institute and Tony Yaksh, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California at San Diego.

Dr. Beutler was a European Molecular Biology Organization postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Neuropathology in Zürich, Switzerland, from 1995 to 1997. He returned to the U.S. to train in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York and in oncology-hematology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. Dr. Beutler served as an instructor from 2003 to 2004 and as an assistant professor from 2004 to 2009 at Mount Sinai before moving to Mayo Clinic in 2009.