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BrainMind&Pain Award

Putting patients at the forefront of our actions

On June 20th 2018, the inaugural Brain, Mind, and Pain (BMP) Patient-Centered Innovation Grant has announced its three winners in Brussels. Grünenthal is actively supporting and funding this Grant in order to foster innovative patient projects to improve access to treatment.

The BMP Grant is the first pan-European grant into pain research and innovation that judges applications based on how patient-centered they are. The BMP Grant is developed in collaboration with Grünenthal and partner organizations: European Pain Federation (EFIC), the European Academy of Neurology (EAN), and the European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA). The BMP Grant is the first grant into chronic pain that is run by patients, for patients. Winners were judged by a jury of patients and patient representative, with the support of scientific experts.

Joop van Griensven, President of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), the initiator of the BMP Grant, explains: “We are convinced that PAE’s initiative will encourage other patient organizations to take a similar approach in the way they organize their grant programs. This is needed in order to give patients a voice at every step of their journey”.

The three grants were given to these innovative, patient-centred projects:

  • Master Your Pain by Groningen University – an e-health platform to help patients with rheumatic pain self-manage their Symptoms
  • ASPERGA Association for their prototype auditory aid that aims to reduce sensory pain in people with autism spectrum disorder
  • MyBrainNet by Dystonia Europe – a central platform for neurological brain diseases, providing information to patient groups and patients to help improve their quality of life. 

“Patient voices are essential to drive the research and innovation agenda. Our lived experience should be at the centre of every research project because no one knows the disease better than the person living with it,” says patient jury member Joke Jaarsma.

The grant received over 19 applications from over 8 European countries.

The Grant ceremony was attended by over 100 people, including:

  • MEP Danuta Jazlowiecka (EPP, Poland)
  • MEP Marian Harkin (ALDE, Ireland)
  • MEP Nessa Childers (S&D, Ireland)
  • Pain Alliance Europe President Joop van Griensven
  • EFNA Executive Director, Donna Walsh
  • Mark Fladrich, CCO Grünenthal
  • EFNA President Joke Jaarsma
... More information you can find on the BMP website.

“Patient voices are essential to drive the research and innovation agenda. Our lived experience should be at the centre of every research project because no one knows the disease better than the person living with it”.

Joke Jaarsma,

Patient Jury Member, BMP Grant

Putting patients at the forefront of our actions

During the inaugural Brain, Mind and Pain Patient-Centred Innovation Award Grant ceremony (Brussels, 20 June 2018), Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Fladrich, explained the importance of patient involvement in clinical studies and the significance for Grünenthal of supporting such a patient-driven project to improve the overall societal impact of outcomes for patients.

More information: BMP website.

Improving the quality of life for patients with chronic pain

Joop van Griensven, President of the Pain Alliance Europe (PAE), explaining goals and action of PAE initiatives, aiming to promote awareness for chronic pain, to promote a European policy on chronic pain and to reduce the impact of chronic pain on the European society on all areas.

More information: www.pae-eu.eu