On 6 September 2017, Belgian Professor Bart Morlion will officially become the new President of the European Pain Federation (EFIC), a multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain research and medicine with close to 20,000 members from across Europe.
Morlion will be sworn in at the opening ceremony of EFIC’s 10th biannual conference in Copenhagen, Denmark that will take place from September 6-9 2017 and will serve until EFIC’s council meeting in 2020. Morlion will succeed Doctor Chris Wells from
the UK, who headed the organisation from 2014 to 2017.
Morlion, has been serving as EFIC’s President Elect since the organisation selected him to be the next president in 2014. During this period, Morlion held the role of Deputy Editor of the European Journal of Pain and represented the European Pain
Federation when meeting high-level policy makers via the Societal Impact of Pain Campaign that raises awareness of the impact that pain has on our societies, health and economic systems and tries to improve pain care in Europe.
Morlion is the current Director of the Leuven Centre for Algology and Pain Management at the University Hospital Leuven in Pellenberg and a clinical Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. He was also the President of the Belgian Pain
Society from 2006 to 2012.
“As President of EFIC, It is my ambition to strengthen the collaboration between healthcare providers and patients” says Morlion. He hopes to achieve this by strengthening EFIC’s educational activities and recruiting more active pain physicians into the European Pain Federation’s activities.
Morlion also emphasises the multi-disciplinary nature of the European Pain Federation: “In relation to pain, no single medical specialisation can claim ownership, apart from the patient.”