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Special Edition of the Societal Impact of Pain (SIP) newsletter

Prof. Bart Morlion – Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium

Dear Reader,

we are excited to update you on the progress of the SIP Thematic Network and how you can be involved over the next few months to have your voice heard in this crucial area of pain policy.

On Thursday, 4th October 2018, the SIP Thematic Network co-hosted a webinar with the European Commission on the Draft Joint Statement on the Societal Impact of Pain.

Thank you to the more than 50 participants who attended and contributed to an informative conversation.

For those who could not make the webinar, a recording of the session is available here.

The presentation and the full report are availabel on the website.

What’s next? We need your endorsement now!

We need to gather all pain stakeholders around the recommendations we put forward in our SIP Joint Statement. Only in this way we can make sure that policymakers take note of all our hard work.
If you have not yet contributed to the SIP Joint Statement and Framing Paper, there is still time. Here are our two upcoming milestones:

  • 31st October 2018: Contributions to SIP Joint Statement closed, but endorsements remain open
  • 12th November 2018: Presentation of the SIP Joint Statement to the European Commission

To endorse the Joint Statement send us the logo of your organisation via email to .

We will continue with endorsement and implementation beyond the Joint Statement presentation at the European Commission on 12th November 2018, however we wish to collect most of the endorsement prior to that date to give visibility to our supporters at the European Commission event.

For any question or contribution, please do not hesitate to contact or .

For a summary of the Joint Statement, see the section below.
The complete Framing Paper providing context and background to our Joint Statement is available here.

Thank you again for your support and contributions. We look forward hearing from you very soon.


Prof. Dr. Bart Morlion

Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre of the University of Leuven, Belgium
President of the European Pain Federation EFIC®

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