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The "Societal Impact of Pain" (SIP) is an international platform created in 2009 as a joint initiative of the European Pain Federation EFIC® and the pharmaceutical company Grünenthal GmbH.

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The national SIP representatives and endorsers have started to build up national Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) platforms in Europe.

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The CHRODIS+ conference this year is taking place in Budapest on the 14th and 15th of May. SIP is represented by our partner Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and is particularly involved in the Work Package (WP) 8 on Employment and Chronic Conditions.

Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) at Chrodis Plus Conference in Bud…

The CHRODIS+ conference this year is taking place in Budapest on the 14th and 15th of May. SIP is represented by our partner Pain Alliance Europe…

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On 26 April representatives of SIP Europe, national stakeholders and members of the SIP Partners at national level met to build on the existing collaboration among pain healthcare professionals and patient groups active in Finland and to discuss first steps create a Finnish SIP national platform and the next steps in the process of pursuing common pain policies in Finland.

SIP Finland kick-off meeting

On 26 April representatives of SIP Europe, national stakeholders and members of the SIP Partners at national level met to build on the existing collab…

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Pain Alliance Europe is happy to announce the second edition of the Brain, Mind, and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation Grant with the support of Grünenthal and partner organisations. The launch last year was very successful – see report of the award ceremony.

Patients, and the people associated with them, will know that there is a need to raise awareness of the social and psychological impact they will experience regarding the various aspects of living with chronic pain or neurological conditions. This second edition of the Brain, Mind, and Pain Grant will look into ways of reducing the stigma associated with these conditions.
The BMP Grant team will be supporting innovative ideas designing new solutions to meet the need for a more understanding society. They expect the grant submission to be based on knowledge, tolerance and empathy towards brain, mind and pain patients at all possible levels of interaction.
The 2019-2020 Call for Proposals will be available online for a period for 6 months starting 1st July 2019.
Visit the website of BMP Grant regularly for updates or join their News Flash mailing list to stay abreast of the next steps.
For more information on this topic:
- The Brain, Mind and Pain Grant award ceremony 2018

Second edition of the Brain, Mind, and Pain (BMP) Patient-Ce…

Pain Alliance Europe is happy to announce the second edition of the Brain, Mind, and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation Grant with the support of Grünent…

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SIP EVENTS

Upcoming Events

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Sunday, 16th June 2019
Children and families as partners in pain management. Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood.
You can find the Scientific Programm and other additional information here.

12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain - ISPP 2019

Children and families as partners in pain management. Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood. You can find the Scientific Programm and other addi…

Monday, 24th June 2019
Updates and Practice Recommendations to Optimize the Assessment and Treatment of Pain
Headache, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic, Myofascial, Cancer, Abdominal, Pelvic, Musculoskeletal, Spinal Pain
Relieving pain is one of the most challenging, yet important responsibilities in the practice of medicine. Whether we are addressing spinal, fibromyalgia, headache, abdominal, neuropathic, musculoskeletal or cancer pain, achieving optimal outcomes requires up-to-date treatment approaches.
In the past year alone, there have been significant changes in how we address pain related to these conditions. This program, Evaluating and Treating Pain, expediently and effectively ensures you are current with these changes and can incorporate them into practice to better assess pain complaints and develop an optimal course of action to relieve patient suffering. 
The evidence-based recommendations provided in this program cover:

Medications
Injection Therapies
Implantables
Acupuncture
Meditation
Surgery
Cognitive Therapy
Interventional Techniques
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

NEW STRATEGIES, GUIDELINES, AND UPDATES
Highlights of the 2019 program include:

Updates on the evaluation and treatment of pain: spinal, neuropathic, cancer, musculoskeletal, visceral, headache, fibromyalgia
State-of-the-art approaches to opioids:

How to recognize addiction
Alternatives to opioids
Weaning patients off of opioids
Patient selection
Dosing
Legal guidance for prescribing


Medical marijuana in clinical practice
Risk stratification, screening, and addiction psychopharmacology
Advances in pharmacologic treatments, injection therapies, and implanted devices
When and how to utilize acupuncture, mind/body interventions, and other complementary and alternative medicine techniques
Guidance for combining treatment options to assure adequate pain control
Techniques to improve examination and evaluation of the patient in pain: neurologic, musculoskeletal, psychosocial
Advances in complementary and alternative approaches to pain medicine
Interventional techniques for cancer patients
Measuring outcomes
Treating back pain: pathophysiology, imaging, interventional techniques, surgical management

TECHNIQUES AND BEST PRACTICES FOR MANAGING THE DIFFICULT PATIENT

Disabled or deceiving? Best practices for disability evaluations
Resolving difficult encounters with patients
The best methods to deal with patients when discontinuing opioids

You can find more information here.

Evaluating and Treating Pain

Updates and Practice Recommendations to Optimize the Assessment and Treatment of Pain Headache, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic, Myofascial, Cancer, Ab…

Saturday, 29th June 2019
If you are one of the 6,700 visitors who attended our 4th congress in Lisbon last month, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. If you were unable to participate this time, save the date for next year’s EAN congress in Oslo. 
We invite you to watch the Lisbon congress sessions via live webcasts.
During the congress, many participants applied for EAN membership and we were delighted to welcome our 1,000th member. If you are interested in meeting like-minded people and becoming part of our great community, pick your perfect membership package.

The 5th EAN congress takes place in Oslo, June 29 – July 2, 2019 with the overarching theme Neuroinflammation – Science. Synergies. Solutions.
The role of neuro-inflammatory processes is a hot topic for both understanding neurological diseases and developing new therapies for them. Oslo, the cosmopolitan capital of Norway, is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities. And with Norway’s longstanding traditions in neuroscience and clinical neurology, we look forward to another dynamic and memorable event. 


Registration and abstract submission open in Autumn 2018. Being a Full Member brings many advantages, also for the congress, click here to find out more about their benefits. Please be sure to always use the official EAN congress website for registration and travel planning.


Find the scientific programme with the first three sessions on the official EAN congress page. We are pleased to announce the Named Lectures 2019: 


Brain Prize Lecture with Bart De Strooper from Leuven, Belgium.Edouard Brown-Séquard Lecture with Ulrich Dirnagl from Berlin, Germany.Moritz Romberg Lecture with Pamela Shaw from Sheffield, United Kingdom.


Refer your colleagues here so they can also register for regular updates on the Oslo congress.

5th European Academy of Neurology Congress

If you are one of the 6,700 visitors who attended our 4th congress in Lisbon last month, thank you for joining us and we hope you enjoyed it as much a…

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