The European Pain Federation, EFIC®, is sad to hear of the death of our founder, Professor Ulf Lindblom, MD, PhD. Professor Lindblom was born in Sweden, in 1927, and passed away on January 25th 2017, just before his 90th Birthday. He worked at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden from 1975 onwards. He was president of IASP- the International Association for the Study of Pain- from 1990 to 1993, and his great idea was to join all the European pain societies. He initiated EFIC, the European Federation of IASP Chapters, in 1993, and was our first President from 1993 to 1996. His obituary will appear in the next issue of the European Journal of Pain.
He was an outstanding scientist and innovator, a great administrator and networker, and a warm and humorous friend. The now named European Pain Federation has thrived and is pleased to be holding our first meeting in Denmark, in Scandinavia this year, but Ulf will be sorely missed. We already have a lecture in his honour, the Ulf Lindblom Distinguished Lecture, which this year will be given by Mary-Anne Fitzcharles from Canada, on the Medical use of Cannabis. Ulf would have been delighted that we are keeping up with modern treatment developments, and also amused in having a lecture on Cannabis given in his name. We invite everyone to attend and give Ulf the respect he is due.