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5 December 2017

EU-funded project TRANSCAN-2 – Launch of the Fourth Joint Transnational Call

The 4th Joint Transnational Call 2017 on 'Translational Research on Rare Cancers' was launched by TRANSCAN-2 on 5 December 2017. 23 funding organisations from 17 countries are participating with a total earmarked budget of €16,78 million. The ERA-NET: Aligning national/regional translational cancer research programmes and activities – TRANSCAN-2 is a five-year project which aims at providing a critical financial and scientific mass for tackling large-scale problems, relevant for improving translational cancer research globally.

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4 December 2017

Innovation Procurement in health care – videos

Related to the Health Open Info Day, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation organises on 7 December a satellite event on Innovation Procurement in health care. The event aims to focus on innovation procurement topics of the current Horizon 2020 Work Programme that bring innovation closer to patients and answer unmet needs of clinical care in diagnostics and integrated care as shown in the videos below.

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1 December 2017

World AIDS Day

HIV/AIDS remains a global challenge: despite great progress, today more than 36 million people are living with HIV. Over 1.8 million have been newly infected and 1 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2016 alone. In the face of this ongoing epidemic for which there is still no preventable vaccine nor cure, the European Commission remains at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS, including a reinforced commitment to support HIV/AIDS research. In Horizon 2020, the Commission has already invested so far over 116 million EUR on HIV/AIDS research including 52 million EUR for the development of a HIV vaccine. Dedicated calls are foreseen in the recently published Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020.

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29 November 2017

Personalising healthcare: Focusing on citizens' health – new video out now

The European Commission's research programmes provide the means for collaboration between different partners in different European countries and internationally. This video showcases recent success stories and highlights projects funded by the EU in the personalised medicine area, including the Commission’s commitment to foster international collaboration.

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23 November 2017

Horizon2020 project developed a new fast–field cycling MRI scanner

Many diseases are inadequately diagnosed, or not diagnosed early enough by current imaging methods. The EUR 6.6 million IDentIFY project aims to bring Fast Field-Cycling, a novel magnetic resonance imaging technique, to the stage where it can be used as a routine tool for clinical diagnosis, a solution which can measure quantitative information that is invisible to standard MRI.

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15 November 2017

European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2017

Today we mark the 10th anniversary of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day, by raising awareness once more about the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – one of the biggest threats to global health. Launched in June, the goal of the new One Health action plan is to preserve our ability to effectively treat infections in humans and animals. The key objectives are: 'Making the EU a best practice region'; 'Boosting research and innovation'; and 'Shaping the global agenda'. In addition, the Innovative Medicines Initiative is expected to call for research to understand the value of diagnostics and the obstacles to their uptake.

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Possible new vaccines against bacterial infections

Little happy girl get an injectionEU-funded research has shown how skin cells can warn our immune systems of an impending bacterial attack, offering the potential for vaccines against antibiotic-resistant infections that could save lives.

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