Successful launch of the MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain in Brussels

The MEP Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain was officially launched in Brussels on Tuesday, February 24th.

‘Public awareness, research and funding for these disease areas is not equivalent to the burden and impact,” said MEP Harkin, ‘In fact, public research funding for brain disorders equated to only 0.2% of the cost, with the industry investing just a further 0.8%.’

She commended the publication of the Book of Evidence: a document which outlines the challenges faced in this field from a multi-stakeholder perspective. It also includes case-studies of good practice and possible solutions which will be explored and advanced as the group is rolled-out.


Subsequent meetings will be based around four themes: stigma, quality of life, research and patient involvement.

The next meeting will focus on health promotion and prevention. It will take place on June 24th and will be hosted by MEP Daciana Sarbu.

Speaking at the event, she said, “I am especially convinced of the need for preventive measures and information campaigns for the general public. Some of these disorders can be prevented with the right lifestyle choices.”

She continued, “I believe that health care policies which give due consideration to prevention are the I look forward to working with you all so we can tackle neurological conditions and deliver better health outcomes for European citizens most effective for patients, and the most cost-effective for national healthcare systems.”

Following this, there will be an interactive meeting on stigma/social inclusion on October 14th. And, in early 2016, MEP Jeroen Lenaers will host a meeting looking at employment issues for those affected by neurological and chronic pain disorders. He stressed the need to look at how we can link health and social policy.

A full report of the meeting will be available in the coming days, so please check back soon. The Interest Group website is currently in development and will soon be available at:

Read the report, browse the photos, watch our introductory video, download the Book of Evidence and save the date for the next meetings of the Brain, Mind and Pain Interest Group of the European Parliament at:

Watch also these videos:

Need for improved training in Pain Medicine: Bart Morlion

Importance of Patients and Patient Associations: Giustino Varrassi

Benchmarking and defining neurological care in Europe: Wolfgang Oertel

Pain box and simulating neuropathic pain as a teaching tool: Roberto Casale

Building a bridge between patients with chronic pain and their physicians: Roberto Casale

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