Research Headlines - Cell-free heart valve offers promise of normal life

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers have developed and tested a way to make human heart valve implants more tolerable and longer lasting, enabling recipients of all ages to avoid follow-up surgery and live largely normal lives, cutting hospital stays and healthcare costs.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - How good gut health benefits mind and body

Health and life sciences - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers have achieved a deeper understanding of how microbes in the gut can influence energy balance and behaviour. This could lead to new ways of tackling weight gain, eating disorders and even psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Putting lesser-known cereal crops on the table

Health and life sciences - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 02:00
Minor species of cereals - such as spelt, oat and rye - could provide European consumers with healthy, nutritious food that is sustainably produced. An EU-funded project is looking to bring these underused crops from farm to table by improving their genetic and commercial viability.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Saving Europe's fruit crops from invasive pests and disease

Health and life sciences - Tue, 10/03/2017 - 02:00
Increasing global trade and climate change have helped the spread of non-native pests and diseases across Europe, posing major challenges to plant health. The EU-funded Dropsa project is working with 26 partners in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and North America to find safe and sustainable ways to protect Europe's fruit industry.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Directorate-General Research & Innovation at the European Health Forum Gastein - 4 October 2017, Bad Hofgastein, Austria

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/29/2017 - 02:00

DG Research & Innovation invites you to take part in the two interactive sessions organised at the European Health Forum Gastein.

    • Workshop on 4 October: "Personalised healthcare: How rare diseases pave the way", will focus on rare diseases research and care in Europe, the use of "omics" & Real-World Data, health data infrastructures and health data policy. • Session on 5 October: "Environment & Health: Building the evidence base for policy", will highlight the important role research plays in establishing and maintaining a strong evidence base for policy-making in the steadily evolving area of environment and health.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Big Data for Better Outcomes in Healthcare - 9 October 2017, Berlin, Germany

Health and life sciences - Thu, 09/28/2017 - 02:00

The big data revolution promises transformational potential for healthcare through data-driven improvements in research & development, care delivery, and policy-making.

As health systems around the world routinely collect a wealth of data every day, we are facing the question: how can we use big data to improve patient’s lives?

In a public lecture, Dr Jem Rashbass (National Director Disease Registration and Cancer Analysis at Public Health England) will outline how health systems can turn big data into information.

A high-profile panel will comment on how this information ca be put to use, implications of big data for healthcare system transformation, and patients’ perspectives on the collection and use of highly personal data.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Improving heart health with a single pill

Health and life sciences - Wed, 09/27/2017 - 02:00
An EU-funded project is carrying out the first clinical trial among elderly cardiac patients of a novel multi-medication pill to prevent recurrent heart attacks, improve the efficacy of care and save lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - 'Green chemistry' for pharmaceuticals

Health and life sciences - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 02:00
An EU-funded project is exploring techniques to produce key ingredients required for pharmaceuticals through more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly processes.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Better understanding of colon cancer to help guide treatment

Health and life sciences - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:00
EU-industry funded researchers have worked to identify and characterise signs of cancer, particularly colon cancers, and patients' responses to different types of treatment. The aim is to help doctors choose the best possible treatment for an individual patient's condition, potentially improving and saving lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - How biomarkers can speed-up drug development

Health and life sciences - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 02:00
EU and industry-funded researchers have gathered data on new biological indicators that could help to identify - accurately and early - the potential side effects of certain drug treatments. The research could help speed up drug development and improve diagnoses and patient care.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Stem cell bio-bank could lead to new drugs

Health and life sciences - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:00
Europe has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Faster testing for deadly Ebola

Health and life sciences - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 02:00
EU and industry-funded researchers have developed a portable device to test in the field whether a person has caught the deadly Ebola disease. It gives reliable results in 75 minutes, which can help contain outbreaks and save lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Focusing on the next major advance in medical imaging

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Medical-imaging technologies have revolutionised healthcare, enabling doctors to safely peer deep inside the human body to diagnose disease. The EU-funded BE-OPTICAL project is helping to train the next generation of researchers in the field, contributing to the development of even more advanced life-saving imaging systems.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Translational Medicine 2017: Enhancing Predictivity in Medicines Development, organised by EATRIS - 24-26 September 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Health and life sciences - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 02:00

The European Research Infrastructure for Translational Medicine (EATRIS) organises its third bi-annual conference, “Translational Medicine 2017” on September 24-26 2017 at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague.

This event, open to a wide range of stakeholders from academic researchers, funders to industry players and regulators, will bring together international experts to discuss the latest advancements in translational medicine.

The theme of this third edition, “Enhancing Predictivity in Medicines Development” will focus on bringing together the latest technologies to increase success in drug development, from novel in vitro systems to new biomarkers or clinical trial methodology for patient selection and stratification.

Categories: European Commission

Events - Info Day, Horizon 2020 – 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' - 8 December 2017, Brussels (Charlemagne building), Belgium

Health and life sciences - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 02:00

Save the date!

With the principle of better health for all at its core, Horizon 2020's Societal Challenge 1 (Health, demographic change and wellbeing) focuses on personalised health and care, infectious diseases and improving global health, innovative and sustainable health systems, decoding the role of the environment (including climate change) for health and well-being, digital transformation and cybersecurity in health and care.

Horizon 2020' Societal Challenge 1 Work Programme 2018-2020 will be expected to offer calls for proposals with an overall budget of about €2 billion.

Draft programme and registrations to follow at the end of September.

Related to the Health Open Info Day, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation supports the following two events which will be organised on 7 December 2017 in Brussels:

Satellite event on Innovation Procurement in health care

      • limited to 80 participants - First come, first served basis

Partnering Event organised by the EU-funded project Health-NCP-Net 2.0

      • the event aims at helping you find the right project partners for the upcoming 2018 health calls
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Citizen scientists take cutting-edge research beyond the lab

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 02:00
Amateur inventors, health hackers and DIY technology enthusiasts are at the forefront of an EU-funded initiative to help make cutting-edge science accessible, engaging and interactive for the public, blurring the lines between citizen and scientist to spur dialogue, collaboration and innovation.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Meet the robot designed to look after our elderly relatives

Health and life sciences - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 02:00
You're old, you live alone, maybe you lose your glasses a lot or you forget to take your medicine on time. So what do you need? Zacharias the prototype robot of course - at least that is what an EU funded research consortium are banking on.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Modelling the essential genes of microbial life

Health and life sciences - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 02:00
An EU-funded researcher has helped define the core set of genes a cell needs to survive, advancing novel bioengineering approaches for bacteria and other microorganisms with applications in healthcare, food and nutrition.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Modifying gene expression for healthy ageing

Health and life sciences - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 02:00
Weaker bones, impaired immune functions and increased susceptibility to disease are just some of the many consequences of ageing, but the precise genetic and molecular processes involved are not clearly understood. Ground-breaking EU-funded research is attempting to determine why and how we age, potentially leading to new treatments and dietary guidelines to slow down the process.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Metamaterials: revolutionising modern medicine

Health and life sciences - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 02:00
The EU-funded ABIOMATER project is developing new metamaterials with properties that can be changed remotely using a magnetic field. This could revolutionise biomedicine and biotechnology, particularly in the fields of optical devices, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to name but a few.
Categories: European Commission

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