Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) – in conjunction with the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) – will launch and coordinate a Member of the European Parliament Interest Group on Brain, Mind and Pain.
Co-chaired by MEPs Marian Harkin, Jeroen Lenaers and Daciana Octavia Sârbu – the group will explore issues of common interest to those affected by neurological and chronic pain disorders. These will include stigma, quality of life, research and patient involvement.
With 1 in 3 Europeans affected by a neurological disorder and 1 in 5 by chronic pain, PAE and EFNA are confident of collecting a large number of signatures when the register opens for signing.
Those who sign will show their support for the Interest Group as it calls on European policy-makers – via the Institutions and Member States – to:
- Support patient-led campaigns to educate, eradicate stigma and raise awareness of neurological and chronic pain disorders
- Support research into the development of innovative prevention and treatment options within a regulatory framework which facilitates equitable access to affordable therapies
- Strengthen patient involvement in this research, and in policy-setting and decision-making
- Implement relevant European social legislation to ensure appropriate support for people living with neurological and chronic pain disorders
To learn more about why brain and pain disorders should be a political priority and how this Interest Group will help to achieve this goal, download our short two-page briefing here.
With your help and support we can make a difference to the lives of the millions of European affected by these debilitating disorders!