SIP Symposium 2014 - November 17-18th


The EU council under the Italian Presidency to prioritize Pain and Palliative Care in 2014!

Four interactive panel discussions involving key stakeholders in Europe will define what needs to be done now to ensure that chronic pain and palliative care become long term EU and National Health priorities as well !

The SIP programme committee announced earlier this year that SIP symposium 2014 will be hosted on November 18th . The decision to move the annual SIP event to the second semester this year is due to the exciting news that the Italian department of European Affairs announced that it intends to list pain therapy and palliative care as priorities to be addressed during their presidency of the EU council . This means that for the first time ever during the Italian Presidency of the EU Council all EU Health Ministers will be discussing the societal burden of Chronic Pain and Palliative Care and will be debating how to address this priority in the years to come.

Here you can find the link to the official document where it is stated on page 100 ( translated from Italian) : During the Presidency semester the themes of pain therapy and palliative care will be tackled: topical issues thanks to the progresses in medicine and on which our country wants to share its own experience with other member states.

Considering the importance of this announcement it was also decided to celebrate the 5th SIP symposium by inviting Nick Ross, one of the most renowned European journalists and scientific moderators to lead four interactive panel discussions. Nick Ross has a long interest and involvement with healthcare policy and an interest in pain management ( you can find a brief CV below* and here a link to his website)

Therefore policy makers and those who influence EU Health Policy i.e. politicians , insurers , economists , patient advocates , industry , journalists and all other key stakeholders are invited to join an intense and exiting debate to define what needs to be done now to ensure that chronic pain and palliative care will become an EU and National Health Policy priority also in the long term.

If you would like to attend the SIP 2014 Symposium on Tuesday November 18th in the SQUARE - Brussels Meeting Centre you may register via this link : Please note that this is the link for the 'open registration' and that you would need to make own arrangements for hotel and transport. Due to limited seating capacity the organisers can only accommodate a limited number of non-invited guests to participate in the symposium and it is recommended that you register your interest to attend early. On the day of the event you will be able to participate in the two refreshment breaks and the lunch that will be provided.


Please also join the discussion on the  SIP Group on LinkedIn !


* Nick Ross : Chairman Wales Cancer Bank, President of HealthWatch (UK charity promoting evidence-based medicine), trustee Sense About Science (promotes scientific literacy), Chairman Evidence Matters (promotes evidence-based public policy), trustee UK Stem Cell Foundation (funds stem cell research), Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow UCL, adviser London Health Review, patron various health charities, etc. Former member: UK Gene Therapy Advisory Committee, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Royal College of Physicians Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine, NHS Review Team, Academy of Medical Sciences Review of Non-Human Primate Use in Medical Research, etc



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