February launch for MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain

The official launch of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain will take place on February 24th, 2015 at 18.00hrs in Brussels.

The group – a joint initiative of the European Federation of Neurological Associations and Pain Alliance Europe – will be co-chaired by MEPs Marian Harkin, Jeroen Lenaers and Daciana Octavia Sârbu.

The aim is to encourage research into and access to innovative treatments, promote prevention and self-management approaches, decrease stigma and work together to improve quality of life for people living with these disabling conditions.

To achieve these goals we are calling on European policy-makers – via the Institutions and Members States – to:
1. Support patient-led campaigns to educate, eradicate stigma and raise awareness of neurological and chronic pain disorders
2. Support research into the development of innovative prevention and treatment options within a regulatory framework which facilitates equitable access to affordable therapies
3. Strengthen patient involvement in this research, and in policy-setting and decision-making
4. Implement relevant European social legislation to ensure appropriate support for people living with neurological and chronic pain disorders

In advance of the launch EFNA and PAE are preparing a Book of Evidence which will outline why brain and pain disorders should be a political priority; highlighting the current challenges/barriers but also exploring possible solutions. This document will be presented and distributed at the launch with contributions from representatives of the aforementioned groups – including the President of the European Academy of Neurology, Prof. Gunther Deuschl.

There will be lots of time for networking, discussion and debate – so if you are interested in this topic please come along and contribute your expertise!

To register your attendance or for more information, please email euaffairs[at]efna.net