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Professional Partners

The MUPS-MUSIC Project is carried by the efforts of our professional partners:

Ghent University Hospital / UZ Gent

Ghent, Belgium

The Ghent University Hospital is one of the largest and most specialized hospitals in Belgium, offering high quality care to a wide range of disease, illness and disability. Each day about 3000 patients can rely on the skills of over 6000 staff members, both in ambulatory and hospital care in a 1061 bed facility. Innovation and translational clinical research, from bench to bedside, are key features, resulting in significant scientific output. The University Hospital closely interacts with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences within the same campus hosting 8200 students in medicine and health care sciences. Furthermore, Ghent University welcomes 6200 foreign students. This integration represents a critical opportunity facilitating the joint effort towards improved health care. Within the department of General Internal Medicine a dedicated unit focuses on improved diagnosis and care of patients with medically unexplained symptoms as well as on research and education of this important field.

Erasmus University Medical Center

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam is committed to a healthy population and excellence in healthcare through research and education . Erasmus MC is a top referral center with a catchment area of about 5 million habitants. The Erasmus MC hospital is brand-new and contains about 1000 single bed rooms and is located in the city of Rotterdam, which has a multi-ethnic and multicultural divers population. Around 50,3% of the population are of non-Dutch origins or have at least one parent born outside the country. Erasmus MC is the largest medical school in The Netherlands, with about 4,500 students. Erasmus MC has the most research-focused medical education in the Netherlands, with a result that 50% of its medical students has international experience. Erasmus MC is the only medical school in the Netherlands that offers programs in all available medical specialties and it hosts both about 1000 residents for clinical training and 1000 PhD students for research training.

Szegedi Tudományegyetem / University of Szeged

Szeged, Hungary

The University of Szeged (Hungarian: Szegedi Tudományegyetem, SZTE http://www.u- is located in Hungary's third-largest city, Szeged. Today, the University comprises 12 faculties with more than 2000 faculty members, and about 21,000 students. The number of international students exceeds 3700, of 112 nationalities. In its Medical School, besides the Hungarian language medical programmes, the University offers full time Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Graduate programmes also for international students, both in English and in German. In these international graduate programmes students are mainly from Europe (58%), but also many from the Middle-East (21%), the Far-East (12%), from Africa (7%) and America (2%). The University of Szeged has its own regional Medical Centre with about 2000 beds for inpatients, and a huge variety of outpatient clinics in all fields of medical care. The Centre successfully coordinates health care related activities in the areas of research and development, clinical examinations, basic and further training in medical disciplines, and patient therapy. The Medical Centre regularly runs communication trainings, and counseling and support programmes for medical students and healthcare professionals.


HSME combines knowledge and expertise in the field of medical education and health science in Hungary and plays an active role in different dissemination activities on a national and international level. HSME involves universities, hospitals, regional and national authorities. In the graduate and postgraduate education and training of medical professionals in Hungary, intercultural professional skills and communication competences are highly relevant. In different national and international courses special attention is being paid to communication with minority groups such as Roma and other cultural groups


The Hungarian Pain Society (HPS) was founded in 1996 as member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and of the European Pain Society. The Hungarian Pain Society is committed to represent the multidisciplinarity and the multimodal approach of the management of the chronic pain population in Hungary. The purposes of the HPS are: To develop the complex care (clinical, surgical, rehabilitation) of the acute and chronic pain syndrome patients. To coordinate researchers, clinicians and health care providers on the field of pain. To educate the population living with pain how they can cope with their devastating symptoms. To support the preclinical and clinical research in the field of pain issues.


The Hungarian Family Therapy Association is the integrating organization for couple and family therapy practice and training in Hungary. The Association has more than 1000 members. Its trainers teach the theory and practice of family therapy at universities and in the Associations own training program. They also organize training courses for general medical practitioners, social workers, teachers, family counselors. A significant proportion of family therapists are medical doctors who are confronted with complex health issues, including medically unexplained syndromes, and the related family dynamics. Due to the growing number of intercultural couples in Hungary, family therapists encounter the challenges of intercultural communication in their everyday practice and are seeking professional support in this field.

Patient Organisations

The MUPS-MUSIC Project works closely with different patient organisations.

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    Prof. Dr. Jon Stone and Prof. Dr. Alan Carson (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK) are contributing to the activities of the MUSIC project by providing information, advice and feedback from a neurology/neuropsychiatry point of view on the training models based on clinical practice and research.


    FND Hope is the first and largest patient organisation for Functional Neurological Disorders (FND). FND are symptoms such as black-outs and paralysis that show similarity to the symptoms present in a wide range of neurological conditions. However, the symptoms are not due to a neurological disease. Bridget Mildon, founder of FND Hope, contributes to the MUSIC project by testing information for patients in the online community and database.


    EACH is the International Association of Healthcare Communication and has a network of over 30 communication trainers throughout Europe and beyond. Dr. Geurt Essers, co-chair of this teachers network is member of the Advisory Board of the MUSIC project and convinced that patient- centered communication skills training programs will help and support both patients and healthcare providers.


    The outcomes of the MUSIC project are of key interest to us in terms of offering new educational programs for medical specialists, encouraging them to improve Healthcare for ethnic minority patients with MUPS by strenthening their professional skills", says Jolande Verhulst, director.

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