Research Headlines - Tapping the full potential of Europe's health data

Health and life sciences - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:00
An EU and industry-funded project is helping researchers tap into Europe's treasure trove of electronic health data, saving them time and money in their quest to cure and develop better drugs for debilitating diseases. The effort has already led to promising findings linked to Alzheimer's and obesity.
Categories: European Commission

Events - UKRO Conference 2018 - 21-22 June 2018, Southampton, United Kingdom

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 02:00

Each year the UK Research Office organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers.

The 2018 edition will take place from Thursday 21 until Friday 22 June at the National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton, UK. The UKRO Conference 2018 will include a number of expert speakers, predominantly from the European Commission and its Executive Agencies in Brussels, but also from the UK Research Councils.

EU funding practitioners and evaluators will also help to inform and stimulate discussions with the participants. Registration is now open!

Book your place before 20 April 2018 for the early bird rate.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Trialling tailored treatments for colorectal cancer

Health and life sciences - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 02:00
An EU-funded project completing pan-European clinical trials on a molecular approach to bowel cancer diagnosis and treatment marks a further step towards personalised and better medical care for patients - potentially saving lives.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Faster future vaccine design

Health and life sciences - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 02:00
Glycoconjugate vaccines provide highly effective protection against disease. But so far, they have been developed by time-consuming trial and error. Now, an EU-funded project is building up knowledge and skills to better design these vaccines in a bid to bring treatments to patients faster and keep European pharmaceutical innovation competitive.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Open Research Data to Support Sustainable Health Initiatives - 24 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 02:00

The open science platform - Frontiers - is pleased to announce its second Data Services Workshop organized in collaboration with the EU Horizon 2020 projects OpenMinTed and OpenUp, in which Frontiers is a full partner, and SwissCore, the Swiss contact office for European research, innovation and education in Brussels.

This year’s workshop focuses on the application of open research data to support sustainable health initiatives. Drawing lessons from recent successes in the use of big data and artificial intelligence in data-intensive health research, it aims to discuss policy challenges and actions necessary in Europe to unleash the full potential of open research data in health for the benefit of society.

The event features panelists from leading institutions and companies specializing in this data-driven health research, together with representatives from academic libraries, patient advocacy, research funders, universities and the European Commission.

Categories: European Commission

Events - Open Research Data to Support Sustainable Health Initiatives - 24 April 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 01:00

The open science platform - Frontiers - is pleased to announce its second Data Services Workshop organized in collaboration with the EU Horizon 2020 projects OpenMinTed and OpenUp, in which Frontiers is a full partner, and SwissCore, the Swiss contact office for European research, innovation and education in Brussels.

This year’s workshop focuses on the application of open research data to support sustainable health initiatives. Drawing lessons from recent successes in the use of big data and artificial intelligence in data-intensive health research, it aims to discuss policy challenges and actions necessary in Europe to unleash the full potential of open research data in health for the benefit of society.

The event features panelists from leading institutions and companies specializing in this data-driven health research, together with representatives from academic libraries, patient advocacy, research funders, universities and the European Commission.

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Medicine: a view from the Andes

Health and life sciences - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 01:00
What are health, illness and healing? An EU-funded project focusing on indigenous communities in Ecuador is exploring traditional perceptions and the ways in which other cultures affect them. New insights could help inform the design of policies to support migrant or marginalised populations from traditional backgrounds.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Counting carbs from smartphone photos of food

Health and life sciences - Tue, 03/13/2018 - 01:00
Have you ever taken a photo of your meal in a restaurant? Aside from sharing what you are eating with friends on social media, this habit could significantly improve your quality of life if you suffer from diabetes, thanks to an innovative smartphone app developed by an EU-funded project.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge - 28 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Wed, 03/07/2018 - 01:00

The Brussels-based European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), sixth annual Presidency conference, which will take place under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union March 28th 2018, entitled 'Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge'.

This will take place in the Belgian capital, at the prestigious Bibliothèque Solvay, close to the Brussels seat of the European Parliament.

As was the case last year, the conference will be highly interactive with roundtable sessions and several Q and A opportunities to enhance involvement from the floor. The mix of its members provides extensive scientific, clinical, caring and training expertise in personalised medicine and diagnostics, across patient groups, academia, health professionals and industry.

Relevant departments of the Commission have observer status, as does the EMA. This conference, albeit under the Big Data umbrella, will also have a focus on disease areas and see the following sessions among others:

    • Broad picture of profiling/genomics/personalised healthcare • More data to treat more diseases • Commissioners' discussions • Haematology/Oncology • How can the region and national level integrate this
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Kidney regeneration...science and song

Health and life sciences - Fri, 03/02/2018 - 01:00
Leading scientists and cutting-edge SMEs in Europe and Australia teamed up in the EU-funded STELLAR project. Their mission? Explore the regenerative potential of new cell types for tackling chronic kidney disease, develop methods to exploit it, and tools to promote the findings, including a dedicated song, of all things!
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Faster access to better and safer medicines

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 01:00
A potential drawback of clinical trials of new drugs is that they do not always reflect how well these will work in the 'real world'. EU and industry-funded research brought together key stakeholders to help add more such evidence into the design of trials, increasing confidence in new medicines and helping to get them to patients more quickly.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Scaling up neuroscience: High performance computing and modelling the brain - 18 April 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria

Health and life sciences - Tue, 02/27/2018 - 01:00

The human brain produces, processes and transmits information in an incomparable manner. Researchers and scientists from all over the world strive to decode the mechanisms underlying this multi-layered and unique system.

The Human Brain Project is a major driving force in the field of neuroscience research in Europe, aiming to model the brain and reproduce its complexity on computing platforms.

This one-day event especially targets early career researchers and provides an overview of elements of brain modelling tools both from software and hardware perspectives.

The programme comprises several sessions where participants get ample opportunities to exchange information and knowledge with peers as well as renowned experts working in the Human Brain Project. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Co-organised by: Human Brain Project Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Registration deadline: 9 April 2018

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - ELF is leading the way to discovering new medicines

Health and life sciences - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 01:00
An EU-and industry-funded project has created an integrated platform which is providing an innovative range of free services, expertise and a huge collection of compounds for researchers who are developing new drugs to treat all types of human diseases.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - A shot in the arm for vaccine manufacture

Health and life sciences - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:00
Using innovative nanotechnologies, an EU-funded project is developing more efficient and sustainable vaccine manufacturing processes. The cost of vaccines puts a brake on wider immunisation, so these new processes will find broad application - especially in developing economies.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Science Café with František Štěpánek - 15 March 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:00

Science Café with František Štěpánek is an unconventional open discussion with theme "Future of microscopic robots".

Prof. František Štěpánek is a recognized scientist in the field of chemical engineering. His research is focused on microscopic chemical robots that mimic single-cell organisms. One of the main drivers for the development of chemical robots is the area of oncology, and especially controlled and targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics to tumours, along with the related diagnostics and control.

Currently Prof. František Štěpánek leads the Chemical Robotics Laboratory at the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague. In 2008, Prof. Štěpánek became the first ERC grantee in the Czech Republic.

Science Café is a forum for discussion of current work and interesting scientific issues. It aims to be informal and accessible. Anyone can participate; speaker is there to be questioned and to talk about his work.

Categories: European Commission

Press Centre - Commission awards a €1 million Horizon prize to a solution that saves lives of mothers and their newborn

Health and life sciences - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:00
Research team from the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in France, led by Prof Alexandre Dumont, won the first €1 million Horizon Birth Day Prize for their work that has cut the number of deaths of new mothers in hospitals in Mali and Senegal by as much as a third.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Airbag bike helmet seeks to bolster safety

Health and life sciences - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has created an airbag bike helmet that is eight times safer than its traditional counterparts. It is both comfortable and attractive in a bid to motivate more people to cycle responsibly.
Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Targeting leukaemia with personalised treatment

Health and life sciences - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 01:00
EU-funded researchers are developing a personalised dosing solution for chemotherapy targeting leukaemia using advanced microfluidic chips to meet the precise medical requirements of individual patients.
Categories: European Commission

Events - Second international awareness session for international regulators, academia and NGOs - 8-9 March 2018, London, United Kingdom

Health and life sciences - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 01:00

This two-day awareness session for international regulators and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will give an insight into how the European medicines regulatory network works, the role of European Medicines Agency (EMA), scientific aspects of EMA's work and its interaction with scientific experts.

It will address topics including the role of experts and benefit-risk evaluation. It will also provide networking opportunities with academics, NGOs staff and regulators from and outside the European Union.

The event will be broadcast live. EMA will publish further material after the event

Categories: European Commission

Research Headlines - Gaming technology can help stroke patients recover at home

Health and life sciences - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 01:00
An EU-funded project has created easy-to-use, active computer games that can help build new nerve cell connections in stroke patients' brains and allow for a more flexible and cheaper home-based recovery.
Categories: European Commission

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