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The European Pain Federation EFIC is delighted to confirm Daniele Battelli and Indre Bileviciute Ljungar as new Exam Director and Deputy Exam Director for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM).

Daniele Battelli, MD, EDPM has been working in Pain Medicine since 2007, when he graduated at Bologna University with a focus on both interventional and non-interventional pain management techniques in a multidisciplinary and multi-professional environment. He has been a European Pain Federation EFIC Councillor since 2010 and has served on the EFIC Education Committee as well. His interests involve in particular intrathecal drug delivery for chronic neuropathic pain, prescription patterns of analgesic drugs and the education on Pain Medicine in European medical schools. Currently, he is responsible for the local Pain Unit which provides specialized care to acute and chronic pain patients on an outpatient as well as inpatient basis. “As Exam Director, I will be focusing my efforts on continuing to enhance the scientific content and the professional value of the EDPM. I will also encourage active contributors to be play a role in this important educational activity which is creating interest and gaining popularity beyond the European level”, says Daniele Battelli of his new role.

Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar is the Associated Professor in physical and rehabilitation medicine at Karolinska Institutet and a consultant in pain and rehabilitation medicine at Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, St. Göran Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. She is also the Vice-President of the Lithuanian Pain Society since 2022 and has completed EPDM in 2019. Originally from Lithuania and educated in Estonia, she have been involved in pain research at Karolinska Institutet since 1991 and defended PhD-thesis in the field of experimental pain research in 1998. Since 2005, she has been involved in physical and rehabilitation medicine with particular interest in pain rehabilitation. In her clinical career, rehabilitation of chronic fatigue syndrome, stress-related exhaustion syndrome and postCOVID-19 condition, particularly regarding to pain and autonomic dysfunction, have been her clinical challenges together with chronic pain on its own. “It is an honor to serve as the EDPM Deputy Director together with Exam Director Daniele Battelli. By joining the EPDM Exam Committee, I will continue to promote a multidisciplinary approach in chronic pain management according to the EFIC Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine.”, says Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar of her new role.

As he steps down from his role as chair of the EDPM Exam Committee (2019-2022) we would like to thank Professor Bart Morlion for his leadership of this committee which has seen the EDPM diplomate numbers increase significantly. Bart brought the Exam to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where it now has a home and exceptional support from their Exam faculty.

Dr Chris Wells is also stepping down from the EDPM Exam committee, the last of his formal EFIC commitments, after many years of service following the creation of the EDPM curriculum. The launch of both the EDPM and European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP) curricula took place under his Presidency. Chris has been tireless in his support for these projects, which are now central to EFIC’s present and future. We hope Chris enjoys his retirement.