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Research Headlines - A crystal-clear way to make crucial drugs more affordable

Health and life sciences - Fri, 07/06/2018 - 02:00
Monoclonal antibodies have emerged as a powerful weapon in the fight against a variety of diseases, including several types of cancer - but producing them remains a costly process. Crystallisation is the way forward, say EU-funded researchers working on an innovation that could make it easier, greener and far more affordable.
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Research Headlines - Repairing cartilage damage with a little help from 3D printing

Health and life sciences - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:00
Roughly 151 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, meaning that they experience chronic pain, reduced mobility and limited quality of life. Attempts to repair cartilage thus far have offered limited functionality and only temporary pain reduction. The usual course of action is therefore to replace the entire joint, rather than repair the damaged cartilage. A team of researchers from the EU and Australia is however working on a promising alternative in which 3D printing plays a key role.
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Research Headlines - Quicker diagnoses thanks to medical imaging boost

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 02:00
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a routine medical technique used to form pictures of the inner workings of the body for diagnosis. An EU-funded project seeks to massively boost the information MRI can deliver to doctors - potentially helping them to better diagnose and treat patients.
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Research Headlines - Unlocking the door to oncology and neuropsychiatry data analysis

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/28/2018 - 02:00
A huge amount of biological knowledge and clinical data is incrementally generated, but this wealth of information is not fully exploited - while bioinformatics tools exist, they are currently underused. EU-funded researchers are now developing applications that will make it easier for translational scientists to access the data and use it for research that will improve healthcare.
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Research Headlines - Joint research tackles smoking and TB, a 'colliding epidemic'

Health and life sciences - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 02:00
Tuberculosis (TB) and tobacco-related lung disease kill millions around the world every year. What if programmes to stop one could target the other, too? An international initiative, including partners from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal is doing just that, blending effective yet affordable tobacco cessation strategies with TB control programmes.
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Research Headlines - What the heart wants ...smarter monitoring systems

Health and life sciences - Tue, 06/26/2018 - 02:00
Abnormal heart rhythm is a major cause of cardiovascular disease and death in Europe. An EU-supported programme has made several advances in wearable technology to more comfortably monitor the heart over longer periods, in the hope of saving lives and cutting treatment costs.
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Research Headlines - Could older antibiotics help tackle drug resistance?

Health and life sciences - Mon, 06/25/2018 - 02:00
EU-funded researchers have analysed the efficacy and required dosage of several antibiotics licensed decades ago. Their findings could enable doctors to prescribe certain drugs with greater confidence and strengthen EU efforts to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance.
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Research Headlines - Better management and treatment of neurological diseases

Health and life sciences - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 02:00
Management and treatment of neurological diseases is one of the biggest challenges facing medicine today. EU-funded researchers are developing computational tools to improve understanding of how such diseases progress as a means to help treat patients.
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Research Headlines - Speeding up the search for tuberculosis vaccines

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 02:00
An EU-funded project aims to identify and maximise the potential of novel vaccines to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. These could save lives, stem the spread of infection and shorten treatment for the often deadly, airborne disease.
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Research Headlines - Getting to grips with autoimmunity

Health and life sciences - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 02:00
Why does the body attack itself? EU-funded researchers have discovered new details about how faults in a specific gene trigger such activity, increasing our understanding of the roots of autoimmune diseases like arthritis and lupus and raising hopes of finding new treatment approaches.
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Research Headlines - New approach to advance drug pipeline for cystic fibrosis

Health and life sciences - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 02:00
For patients with rare genetic mutations of the debilitating disease cystic fibrosis, there are few options for effective treatment. EU-funded researchers are working to meet their needs, using new developments in personalised medicine to advance the testing of novel and promising drugs.
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Research Headlines - Mobile technology solutions to monitoring medicines

Health and life sciences - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 02:00
An EU- and industry-funded project has developed a mobile app enabling patients and healthcare professionals to more easily report suspected adverse drug reactions. It has also analysed social media to assess drug safety. Both initiatives have shown potential for strengthening the monitoring of medicines.
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Research Headlines - Arming Europe to fight iodine deficiency

Health and life sciences - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:00
An EU-funded project has established a data-collection and evaluation infrastructure to monitor iodine deficiency across Europe. The project's database and EU-wide monitoring system will feed into national efforts to ensure Europeans get enough iodine to stay healthy.
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Events - Info Day, Horizon 2020 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' - 12 July 2018, Brussels, Belgium

Health and life sciences - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:00

Save the date! The European Commission is organising an Information Day to present the 2019 funding opportunities of the Health, demographic change and wellbeing societal challenge.

This half-day event (9:00-12:00) will only be webstreamed. The link will be published on this page a week before the event.

The programme will be online in the coming days.

Please send your questions preferably in advance at this address: RTD-HEALTH-INFODAY@ec.europa.eu.

Questions - which can also be sent to this address during the webinar - should concern the WP 2019 topics of Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 1 (Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing).

They may be related to the text of specific topics or to other questions of practical relevance for applicants to these SC1 2019 call topics. We ask for your understanding that we will at this event not respond to questions on 2020 call topics, on issues outside the scope of H2020 SC1 or on Horizon Europe.

Connected to the Open Info Day, the EU-funded projects Health-NCP-Net 2.0 is organizing a free of charge Brokerage Event on Sept. 3-4 2018 in Oslo which is meant to assist you in finding the right project partners for the upcoming 2019 Health calls.

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Research Headlines - A meditative approach to active and healthy ageing

Health and life sciences - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:00
EU-funded research is exploring how meditation training and other preventive programmes can help Europe's ageing society stay mentally active and physically healthy for longer. The findings can help shape a variety of programmes and policies.
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Research Headlines - Protecting unborn babies from Zika

Health and life sciences - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:00
A loan supported by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is helping France-based biotech company Valneva develop a Zika vaccine that is safe during pregnancy. This could protect unborn babies from birth defects linked to the mosquito-borne virus.
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Research Headlines - Pooling resources to make better diagnoses of rare diseases

Health and life sciences - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 02:00
By pooling patient data and applying state-of-the art genetic methods, EU-funded research is improving the diagnosis of rare diseases that affect the lives of tens of millions of EU citizens.
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Research Headlines - Fertile research on the causes of pre-eclampsia

Health and life sciences - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 02:00
Pre-eclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that can develop in pregnant women. A number of factors are known to increase the risk, but the actual causes of this hypertensive disorder remain unclear. Researchers in Kazakhstan were involved in an EU-funded project that discovered an exciting lead: the baby’s genes also appear to play a role.
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Research Headlines - A faster way to spot the tell-tale signs of cancer-causing drugs

Health and life sciences - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:00
An EU- and industry-funded project has identified potential biomarkers that could indicate how likely a drug is to cause cancer at an earlier stage of testing than is currently possible, which could save drug companies time and money - and lead to safer drugs reaching patients faster.
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