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At the beginning of the year, EFIC kicked off the work on our pain research strategy working with a multidisciplinary steering committee. The pain strategy will serve as a foundation stone for European pain research plans for years to come. The overall vision will be to optimise understanding and management of pain through promoting high-quality, collaborative basic, pre-clinical, translational, and clinical research. For any questions, please feel free to reach out to EFIC Research Projects Advisor Mary O’Keeffe here:
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The following papers and roadmaps were used as the basis to develop our own pain research strategy:

Challenges and Opportunities in Translational Pain Research

Our understanding of pain has increased significantly over the past 40 years, allowing us to understand basic pain mechanisms and develop treatments for improved pain management. However, there are many challenges preventing us from applying basic science towards improved clinical outcomes. Likewise, our assumptions of what works for patients are sometimes difficult to validate with preclinical modelling. The European Pain Federation EFIC position paper on challenges and opportunities in translational pain research attempts to define what is holding back our understanding and point towards solutions. The paper, developed by the EFIC Translational Research Working Group under chair Thomas Graven Nielsen, should act as a touch stone for the scientific community and has recommendations for the conduct of both basic and clinical research. Read the full paper here.

SIP Position Paper on the 9th Framework Programme

This is a position paper on the research priorities for Europe in the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework, developed with the partners of the Societal Impact of Pain. Read the full paper here.

Versus Arthritis Pain Roadmap

Co-produced by people living with pain, healthcare professionals and researchers, this paper sets out a research roadmap, drawing together the 14 most vital challenges to address in future pain research. Read the roadmap here.