Research Headlines - Green manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry

Health and life sciences - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:00
An EU and industry-funded project has developed environmentally friendly chemistry processes for drug manufacturing. As well as being better for the planet, the new processes will also enable the industry to cut costs and could lead to cheaper medicines for patients.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Stimulating the development of new antibiotics

Health and life sciences - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:00
Many advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.
Categories: European Commission

Success Stories - Finding better and quicker ways to tackle TB

Health and life sciences - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 01:00
Tuberculosis is a silent killer. According to the World Health Organisation more than 10 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2016. The previous year, some 1,8 million people died from it making TB one of the top ten main causes of death globally.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Developing a fast, local test for deadly Ebola

Health and life sciences - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:00
Rapid diagnosis is vital for controlling outbreaks of the deadly Ebola virus. Currently this can only be done in complex laboratories and samples from infected patients are dangerous to handle and transport. Faced with this challenge, an EU and industry-funded project is developing fast, local tests to spot infection quickly and safely, helping to contain its spread and saving lives in the process.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - HIV study finds no sign of accelerated ageing

Health and life sciences - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:00
Do people living with HIV age more quickly, despite the fact that their infection is well controlled? Concerns have emerged in recent years, and an EU-funded study was launched to look into the matter by exploring links with age-related conditions, with a specific focus on cognitive impairment. No acceleration was observed.
Categories: European Commission

Events - EuroScience Open Forum - 9-14 July 2018, Toulouse, France

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 01:00

ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people, media and the general public.

Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4 000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science.

More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers. The 8th edition of ESOF will take place in Toulouse, France, from 9 till 14 July 2018.

    • Taking part in ESOF is a unique opportunity to: • Further knowledge on the challenges and breakthroughs in research, innovation and their relation to society; • Create links, exchange and debate with leaders of the scientific community worldwide in an interdisciplinary context; • Communicate the latest news on scientific research and innovation to an international audience; • Develop a network in view of building a research career.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New tumour models could lead to more effective treatments

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 01:00
The incidence of cancer in Europe is increasing but many potential new drug treatments are found to be ineffective when tested on patients. An EU and industry-funded project has investigated new models of tumours to help researchers discover more effective treatments and boost survival rates.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Better drug design: bioengineering and chemical synthesis duo

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:00
The EU-funded SWEETOOLS project aims to improve our understanding of the role of sugars in human biology. Exploring optimised versions of biosynthesised proteins combined with chemically synthesised drugs could help the development of novel biomedicines and vaccines targeting, for example, influenza.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Breathe easier - smart sensors for healthier indoor air

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:00
Stuffy office environments and poor air quality in schools, hospitals and factories could soon be a distant memory thanks to low-cost smart sensor and ventilation-control technology capable of intelligently detecting and removing hazardous airborne substances. The technology was developed through EU-funded research.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Unleashing the power of T-rays

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:00
Radio waves, microwaves, X-rays - electromagnetic radiation that we can't actually see is exploited in a number of familiar technologies. But there is still a lot of potential to unlock, notably in the terahertz part of the spectrum. An EU-funded project is conducting research into innovative semiconductors that could open up exciting new possibilities.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Training young researches to create waves in imaging

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:00
From understanding earthquakes to medical imaging, wave-based imaging is already extremely valuable. If the imaging could be done at an even higher resolution, it would be even more valuable. An EU-funded project is training 15 young researchers in the techniques involved, and creating a truly multidisciplinary network in the process.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Making sun-blessed Cyprus a solar energy leader

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:00
Basking in more than 3300 hours of sunlight per year, Cyprus has the highest solar power potential in the European Union but currently imports most if its energy. An EU-funded project is helping the Mediterranean country better harness the power of the sun to meet its growing electricity needs and spur research and innovation linked to this renewable - and clean - resource.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Eye scans provide early warning of chronic disease

Health and life sciences - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:00
A quick and efficient eye scan could soon provide early warning of serious chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, dementia and stroke thanks to EU-funded research combining the latest advances in computer vision and mathematical modelling.
Categories: European Commission

Events - IEEE Summit on Technology for Health: Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing - 5 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 01:00

The IEEE Summit on Technology for Health: Transforming Healthcare and Wellbeing, is the fourth IEEE Summit in Brussels, as part of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative (EPPI).

The Summit will bring together policymakers, leaders in the healthcare, medical technology and electronics industries, and expert patients; in order to facilitate a dialogue on healthcare enabled by connected technologies, such as smart wearables, bio-sensors and implantable technologies.

Four high-level keynote speakers including Roberto Viola - Director General, DG CNECT, European Commission, Joost Felix, Global Head of Integrated Care Solutions, Agfa HealthCare, Ilias Iakovidis, Adviser to the Director General of DG CNECT for Societal Challenges, European Commission, and Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho, Head of Unit for eHealth, Wellbeing and Ageing in DG CNECT, European Commission will deliver addresses that capture the key issues at stake in the current debate about innovation in technology-enabled healthcare, from both the policymaker and industry perspective.

Overall, the Summit will approach the area of technology-enabled healthcare from different perspectives, focusing on the technological advances themselves and the transformative role they have, the challenges in terms of data management, and the need for a paradigm shift in how health and well being is (self) managed at the human level to accommodate this technological change.

Should you require more information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Marios Skouras at marios.skouras@interelgroup.com

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Deciphering dynamic gene expression

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has generated key insights into how gene expression is regulated dynamically in certain cells of the immune system, opening up novel avenues for research to advance understanding of disease progression.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New materials could lead to breakthroughs in healthcare and energy

Health and life sciences - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are developing innovative materials that could herald improvements in energy efficiency and the environment, as well as the fight against bacterial infections in patients.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Novel material for managing liver disease

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers have developed a carbon with tiny pores that could prevent infection of livers by intestinal bacteria - a common complication in chronic liver disease. The material could improve patients' quality of life and chances of survival, while reducing the use of antibiotics in managing the disease.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Novel contrast agents to enhance medical imaging

Health and life sciences - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are working on novel, more effective contrast agents - the substances that make the contrast between, for example, muscle and bone, in MRI scans. This new level of detail will improve diagnostics and help ensure people receive the right treatment.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Study offers promise for treating neuro-psychiatric disorder

Health and life sciences - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 01:00
EU-funded scientists have conducted groundbreaking research into brain cells that control memory formation and recollection, offering the promise of novel treatments for a potentially fatal disease that has a particularly devastating impact on the lives of children and young adults.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - New microscope technologies light up vital medical research

Health and life sciences - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 01:00
New photonic microscopes, systems and techniques developed within the EU-backed PHOQUS project are shining a light on vital medical research bringing life sciences and physics closer together. Findings will have direct applications in medicine, especially for better disease diagnosis.
Categories: European Commission

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