BMP-logo5Pain 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:

  1. Support patient-led campaigns to educate, eradicate stigma and raise awareness of neurological and chronic pain disorders
  2. Support research into the development of innovative prevention and treatment options within a regulatory framework which facilitates equitable access to affordable therapies
  3. Strengthen patient involvement in this research, and in policy-setting and decision-making
  4. Implement relevant European social legislation to ensure appropriate support for people living with neurological and chronic pain disorders

Please help us to spread the word by retweeting the posts from @brainmindpain and @pain_europe with #BrainMindPain

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.

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With your help and support we can make a difference to the lives of the millions of European affected by these debilitating disorders!