Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg (ZOL), Belgium / Dr. Jan Van Zundert
The hospital Oost-Limburg is a large teaching hospital with 850 beds. The
multidisciplinary pain centre of the hospital Oost-Limburg is a third line referral centre for the
management of chronic pain patients. This centre was appointed as one of the 9 reference centres in
Belgium that fulfil the criteria for the multidisciplinary patient evaluation and management, for research
and for education. The centre received the comprehensive Excellence in Pain Practice Award from the
World Institute of Pain.
The chairman, of the Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Jan Van Zundert, MD, PhD obtained his PhD
with the thesis on: ‘The use of pulsed radiofrequency in the treatment of chronic pain’ In this thesis he
presented animal and clinical research. He published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and
several book chapters. He has a scientific affiliation with the University Medical Centre of Maastricht. He
is the editor of the Dutch and English guidelines on “Interventional Pain Management, according to
clinical diagnoses”. He is also the section editor of the section “Evidence-based Medicine” in Pain
Practice. He is the co-promotor of several PhD students. He was coordinator of a study commissioned
by the Federal Knowledge Centre on how LBP is treated in Belgium and what is the cost. He participated
in the elaboration of evidence based guidelines on the diagnosis and management of atypical LBP.
The work forms the basis for recommendations to decision makers in terms of treatment funding. The full
work can be downloaded at: https://kce.fgov.be/publication/report/chronic-low-back-pain .
The team of the multidisciplinary pain centre of the hospital Oost-Limburg is doing research on: Brain-Derived
Neurotrophic Factor and neuropathic pain. The group of the MPC of the Hospital Oost-Limburg is very
active as speakers during international congresses.
Contributing samples for retrospective study(WP2), recruiting patients for a prospective
study (WP7), collection of samples and clinical diagnostics.