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Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

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Responding to this challenge, research and innovation (R&I) under Horizon 2020 is an investment in better health for all. It aims to keep older people active and independent for longer and supports the development of new, safer and more effective interventions. R&I under Horizon 2020 also contributes to the sustainability of health and care systems.

During the first two years of Horizon 2020 (Work Programme for 2014/15), the EU will invest some €1 200 million in this Challenge.

Personalising health and care

Research & Innovation supported by this call will:

  • improve our understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease;
  • improve our ability to monitor health and to prevent, detect, treat and manage disease;
  • support older persons to remain active and healthy;
  • and test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery.

Coordination activities

R&I supported by this call will leverage Member State activities in areas including neuroscience, cancer, systems medicine. It will contribute to European and international initiatives such as the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives - the Challenges and Opportunities of Demographic Change" and the Joint Programming on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research.

Other activities

Several activities not included in the 2014/15 work programme will also be part of the 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' challenge, notably the Innovative Medicines Initiative, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), and the Active and Assisted Living Programme.

Scientific Panel for Health

The Scientific Panel for Health is a science-led expert panel, whose role will be to:

  • analyse and propose solutions to bottlenecks that prevent improvements in health
  • identify long term trends influencing health through foresight and recommend research and innovation priorities to respond to them
  • aid in the translation and implementation of research and innovation results into practice

Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics

antibiotics prize bannerThis €1 million challenge prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

R&I performers

R&I supported by this societal challenge will enable the translation of findings from the laboratory into the clinic and other health and care settings, by engaging all relevant R&I performers. For instance,

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Events

From 12/10/2015 - 02:00 to 15/10/2015 - 02:00
Leuven, Belgium,

The Annual Conference of EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, will be a joint event with the MNBS Consultation and Concertation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio Convergence Systems.

A Call for Presentations was launched for the EPoSS Annual Forum 2015 on 13 October 2015 under the motto “State of the (Sm)Art: Smart Systems Responding to Demand Side Requirements”.

The Call is open until 14 August 2015

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From 22/09/2015 - 02:00 to 25/09/2015 - 02:00
Ghent, Belgium,

The Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) Forum is the annual platform for the European AAL community to meet and discuss several topics, relevant for improving the AAL Programme as well as the adoption of AAL solutions in the market. This year's event will combine interactive sessions and workshops with an interesting exhibition area. Initiatives from the Flanders care sectors and care living labs will be showcased while end users will be heavily involved. Read more

18/09/2015 - 02:00
Brussels, Belgium,

Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the EU funding programme for research and innovation, puts emphasis on tackling societal challenges, including Societal Challenge 1 (SC1) related to Health Demographic Change and Wellbeing. Read more

Multimedia

20/06/2014 - 12:13

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

19/11/2013 - 15:33

The goal of the Human Brain Project is to build a completely new information computing technology infrastructure for neuroscience and for brain-related research in medicine and computing, catalysing a global collaborative effort to understand the human brain and its diseases and ultimately to emulate its computational capabilities.

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04/12/2013 - 12:22

Coralie Chanvillard is an early stage researcher undertaking a PhD in Berlin, under the ITN Grant of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. This grant gave her the opportunity to gain plenty of scientific experience and to do part of her research in other European Union Member States. She is researching her PhD in Immunology in Berlin at the Hospital Charité. Her research is on multiple sclerosis. Read more

News

20/03/2015 - 13:15

The European Summit of Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing took place in Brussels on March 9 and 10. Over 1200 visitors swamped the Brussels Square meeting centre, took part in over 32 sessions, workshops, sandpits and the Pioneer Village with its 20 exhibition booths. Read more

16/03/2015 - 16:27

How do influenza viruses become able to jump from one species to another? Under which conditions does our immune system protect us against influenza as opposed to making it easy for the virus to develop? How do farmers react when faced to signs of disease? These were some of the questions on which answers are still needed from research to fight animal influenza. Read more

02/03/2015 - 19:04

The European Union has been active in the response to the Ebola emergency from the start. Ahead of the high-level conference on Ebola taking place in Brussels on 3 March, the European Commission has published a state of play of its actions. The EU's total financial contribution to fight the epidemic is over €1.2 billion. Read more

Project stories

17/07/2015 - 16:41

Human papillomavirus has long been associated with the vast majority of cervical and anogenital cancers diagnosed worldwide, but its role in head-and-neck cancers has been less widely researched. In a landmark case study, EU-funded researchers are characterising the connection in order to advance the development of new screening and diagnostic techniques. Read more

09/07/2015 - 16:13

With her ERC grant, the 5000th awarded to a leading scientist in Europe, Dr Iva Tolić wants to push forward the frontiers of knowledge on the mechanical principles of cell division. To reach her goal, after spending several years in the USA, Denmark, Italy and Germany, she has moved back to Croatia where she is setting her new research team. The results of her ERC-funded project could lead to new insight in cell and molecular biology, potentially opening novel ways to treat cancer. Read more

06/07/2015 - 11:41

A major contribution to eradicating Ebola has been made by the EU-funded EVIDENT project. It has confirmed that the Ebola virus has mutated at a lower rate than feared during the recent outbreak in West Africa. This means that the new diagnostic methods, treatments and vaccines under development should still be effective in the fight to eradicate the disease. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

16/01/2015 - 15:55

The European Commission is today announcing eight research projects into Ebola that will be funded with a total of €215 million. These projects will develop vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests, which are key to overcoming the current Ebola crisis.
The projects are run under the new Ebola+ programme of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and funded jointly by the European Commission and the European pharmaceutical industry. Read more

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