AACHEN, Germany, February 25 /PRNewswire/ --

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Young scientists from across Europe now have the chance to apply for grant support for carrying out projects on innovative and exploratory clinical and human experimental pain research. These annual grants totalling EUR100,000 are provided by Grunenthal GmbH in cooperation with the European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (EFIC). Submissions will be accepted up to April 30th, 2008.

Interested young scientists can submit their application online. The application form and more information on the EFIC-Grunenthal Grant are available at: http://www.e-g-g.info.

The decision on the awarding of grants is made entirely by the EFIC Research Committee, consisting of internationally renowned specialists in the field of Pain Science and Medicine. The winners will be announced in summer 2008.

"This grant has been decisive in providing key funding at an early exploratory stage of our research. It has enabled us to develop a novel area of high-resolution brain stem imaging that we can now take forward into patient related research. We are very grateful to the EFIC-Grunenthal Committee for providing the necessary support", comments Professor Irene Tracey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science, Departments of Anaesthetics and Clinical Neurology, Oxford University, United Kingdom and EFIC-Grunenthal Grant winner in 2005.

One of the winners in 2006, Dr. med. Christian Maihöfner of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute for Physiology & Experimental Pathophysiology, Germany, said "As a young scientist the funding was very helpful to expand my research, and furthermore, it was a great chance to meet renowned international experts at the occasion of the prize award ceremony and talk to them in depth."

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About EFIC

The European Federation of IASP Chapters (EFIC) is a multidisciplinary professional organization in the field of Pain Science and Medicine, made up of the 30 European chapters of IASP (the International Association for the Study of Pain). Established in 1993 by Prof. Ulf Lindblom, EFIC's 30 constituent chapters represent 33 countries and close to 18,000 scientists, physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and other healthcare professionals across Europe, who study pain and treat patients in pain. http://www.efic.org

About Grunenthal

Grunenthal is an expert in pain therapy and gynaecology and a pioneer in intelligent, user-friendly drug delivery technologies. The company discovers, develops, produces and markets high therapeutic value pharmaceuticals that contribute to patients' ability to control their own lives. Grunenthal is an independent, family-owned German company with companies in 29 countries all over the world. Founded in 1946, the company employs 1,900 people in Germany and 4,800 worldwide. In 2006, Grunenthal achieved revenues of 813 million Euros. More information: http://www.grunenthal.com

Kontakt: Anke Krüger-Hellwig Tel: +49-241-569-2858 Fax: +49-241-569-1486, anke.krueger-hellwig@grunenthal.com Grünenthal GmbH 52099 Aachen Germany

Kontakt: Anke Krüger-Hellwig, Tel.: +49-241-569-2858, Fax: +49-241-569-1486, anke.krueger-hellwig@grunenthal.com, Grünenthal GmbH, 52099 Aachen, Germany