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39th Edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

Dr. Brona Fullen & Ms. Deirdre Ryan – European Pain Federation EFIC & Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), Belgium

Dear Reader,

We hope you are well and are enjoying the Summer.

From 1st July the Czech Republic took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). The priorities of the Czechia presidency are reflected in its motto: 'Europe as a task: rethink, rebuild, repower'. This motto is both a testimony and a reminder of the need to work continuously towards a modern and functioning Europe. The motto expresses a commitment to strengthen common freedom, responsibility, security and prosperity.

Later this year (31st October 2022), SIP will organise its Annual Stakeholder Forum meeting. The Stakeholder Forum will bring together National Platforms, as well as other stakeholders with an interest in pain from various sectors, to co-develop the strategy of SIP, and identify specific objectives and policy goals for the following year.

However, the Stakeholder Forum is not the only event you can look forward to this Autumn. SIP would also like to invite you to its virtual event entitled ‘Pain in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11): a SIP Event’ on 29th November 2022. SIP is currently focusing on ICD-11, and is revisiting the SIP Road Map Monitor from 2019. The results from the Road Map Monitor will officially be launched in this event, and you can already register here.

In line with one of our 2021-22 priorities (cancer pain policy), SIP continues its engagement and recently joined the thematic group “Quality of Life” of the Stakeholder Contact Group on the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. SIP will be participating in the work of the “Quality of Life” thematic group and will provide input to the Commission on the implementation of the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the Horizon Europe Cancer Mission in areas under the remit of the thematic group.

In other news, the EFIC-Grünenthal Grant (E-G-G) 2023 is now open for applications until the 31st January 2023. The aim of the E-G-G is to provide early-career scientists and clinicians in EFIC member countries, with support in starting independent clinical and human experimental research projects in the area of chronic pain, including educational initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment.

We would also like offer a warm welcome to Talia Goode who has recently joined the EFIC team as the new Communications and Advocacy Trainee. Talia will support the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP), as well as the European Pain Federation (EFIC) activities.

The winners of the BMP Patient-Centered Innovation Grant will be announced at the virtual award ceremony on July 22nd 2022. If you haven’t received your invitation please contact The 3rd Edition themed, Healthy Sleep for those living with brain mind and pain conditions received applications from across Europe. PAE would like to thank all of the applicants, the jury and steering committee and look forward to celebrating the winner(s) with you all on the 22nd.

In other news, Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) joined the Psychedelic Access and Research European Alliance PAREA. PAREA has been established to raise awareness, provide evidence-based policy recommendations and accelerate scientific and policy response, leading to the adoption of a holistic approach to psychedelic novel treatments in Europe. PAREA's official launch was on 23rd June 2022 with its Call to Action making headlines in the Parliament Magazine and Politico Pro, to name a few.

Finally, please remember to visit our website, and social media channels, in order to be up-to-date with our most recent activities! Be sure to also check out our events section of our website!

Once again, we would like to thank you for your continued collaboration and support.

We wish you a great summer.

Best wishes,

Dr. Brona Fullen, President of European Pain Federation EFIC &
Ms. Deirdre Ryan, President of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE)

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