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  Speeding up the search for tuberculosis vaccines
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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  Getting to grips with autoimmunity
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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  New approach to advance drug pipeline for cystic fibrosis
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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  Mobile technology solutions to monitoring medicines
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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  Arming Europe to fight iodine deficiency
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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  Clean energy from building façades
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 (EIB) is enabling German firm Heliatek to boost production of an organic solar energy-generating film that can be used on office blocks.

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  Pioneering food packaging
EU-funded researchers are pilot testing a pioneering, nano-based packaging material that releases antimicrobial oils to slow food spoilage and prevent foodborne illnesses. This could bolster Europe's efforts to tackle food waste and food safety.

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  Printing up the perfect plate of food
Picture a mouth-watering meal. Are you thinking of assorted mounds of mystery mash? Probably not - and if you rely on pureed food, that is an issue. EU-funded researchers have turned to 3D printing to find a way to prepare appealing food for people who cannot chew, in a bid to help preserve their nutritional status and quality of life.

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  Battery factory to cut Europe's reliance on imports
A loan guaranteed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank is enabling Swedish company Northvolt to build a battery demonstration plant. The plant will help to reduce Europe's dependence on oil and imported batteries.

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  Nature-based solutions for urban dwellers
Big city life can mean a lack of green living spaces, especially in more crowded, less affluent urban areas. TURAS, an EU-funded project, demonstrated ways to add green to the grey - transforming stressful urban areas into more liveable and sustainable spaces where local communities can thrive.


  Developing liquid biopsy tests to diagnose cancer
Liquid biopsies can help to diagnose cancer in its early stages, and assist clinicians in monitoring the impact of treatment at any point. An EU- and industry-funded project has validated a series of tests for cancer cells to help develop more effective methods of diagnosis and more personalised treatments for lung and breast cancer - two of the most frequent malignancies in Europe.

  Protecting unborn babies from Zika
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.

  A meditative approach to active and healthy ageing
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.

  Advanced technologies for agribusiness innovation
An EU-funded business accelerator has led to the successful launch of 10 European businesses in the agrifood sector. These now provide key technology products and services - fostering innovation and competitiveness.

  From prosthetics to recycling, 3D printing makes its mark
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 has helped Dutch 3D printing company Ultimaker strengthen its R&D and release new products. This will add to Ultimaker printers' already wide range of uses which includes making prosthetics and recycling plastic.

  Bio-based, biodegradable packaging for convenience foods
An EU and industry funded project has developed game-changing food packaging material that is rapidly biodegradable. The material is a means to replace the plastic packing used for ready meals and reduce pollution.

  Pooling resources to make better diagnoses of rare diseases
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.

  Increased production of revolutionary touch sensor film
A EUR 12-million loan backed by the InnovFin-EU finance for innovators initiative under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme and extended by the European Investment Bank (EIB) is helping Finnish firm Canatu to further develop its materials for flexible and foldable touch sensor display screens used in consumer electronics and motor vehicles.

  High-tech farms for a sustainable future
An EU-funded project is striving to help farms become more resource-efficient, productive and environmentally-friendly by facilitating their use of modern technology.

  Fertile research on the causes of pre-eclampsia
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.

  A faster way to spot the tell-tale signs of cancer-causing drugs
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.

  Breakthrough paves way for better plastics recycling
EU-funded researchers are working on an industrial-grade pilot plant to demonstrate a new way to break down common plastics for recycling. This pioneering process using microwave technology could contribute to Europe's efforts to curb plastic waste.

  Mapping climate change impacts on tropical diseases
An atlas developed by an EU-funded project maps the risk in eastern Africa of three tropical diseases. Now used in teaching and research, it could one day support models that better predict how environmental changes might impact public health.

  Wave and tidal-power design and analysis tools make a splash
EU-funded researchers have developed new tools for designing and analysing the economic reliability and environmental performance of wave and tidal-energy power farms. These are currently being implemented and validated in real-life situations, while the DTOCEAN consortium has secured further EU funding.

  Renewable energy gets a boost from smarter electricity grids
Connecting many small renewable energy sources to electricity grids is vital for EU environmental and energy goals. EU-funded research has shown how this can be achieved more efficiently through advanced functionalities that ensure grid stability.

  Fever pitch: improving the management of febrile patients
EU-funded researchers are seeking to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with fever through the identification of new biomarkers that can differentiate between bacterial and viral infection. Once found, the biomarkers will be evaluated across different European healthcare models.

  How best to help people stop smoking?
The dangers of smoking are widely recognised, but what interventions work best to help people quit this deadly habit? EU-funded researchers are assessing a range of existing approaches and new cessation treatments. The results will inform public health policy in Europe and the wider world.

  Tackling depression with digital tools
Internet-based services can treat people with depression, improve access to therapy and raise the quality of care, according to an EU-funded project that has conducted the first large-scale trials of a novel blended treatment approach using standard therapy sessions combined with digital tools.

  Island life: laying the foundations for a fossil-free future
The award-winning EU-funded TILOS project is tackling the sustainable energy challenges facing Mediterranean islands with practical solutions for storing, sharing and better managing power generated locally from the wind and sun.

  New hope for children with thalassaemia
An international group of EU-funded researchers has investigated the safety and efficacy of using the drug deferiprone to treat children with the blood disorder beta-thalassaemia major. The news is good.

  Flagship ecosystems... serve nature 'and' people
Environmental imperatives aside, healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity are essential to human populations too! This is especially true in developing countries, where more people rely directly on 'ecosystem services' for their livelihoods. But little is known about the complex links between human well-being and the state of biodiversity and ecosystems. An EU-backed international study takes up the challenge principally in Tanzania and Kenya.

  Cost-effective solutions to saline waste water
Salty effluents from the food and drink industry are difficult and expensive to clean. An EU-funded project is using a combination of bacteria and algae to treat waste water effectively and economically while generating commercially valuable biomass.

  Updating air traffic management to make flying safer
An EU-funded project has developed an integrated IT platform to identify and manage threats to the air traffic management system. This is helping to build a comprehensive and harmonised European framework to make air transport safer for everyone.

  Linking Europe's logistics information systems
Logistics processes typically involve a multitude of actors, all of whom are likely to use different IT systems and solutions to organise the relevant tasks. Enabling these systems to connect across Europe would help boost efficiency, productivity and sustainability, say EU-funded researchers who are working to make this happen.

  Protecting drinking water from farm pollutants
An EU-funded study is exploring agricultural practices and EU policies related to drinking water quality and the use of pesticides and nitrogen. Results will inform an integrated EU response to a major environmental and health challenge.

  Moroccan and EU researchers set their sights on more efficient renewable energy systems
Many consider renewable energy systems to be the way forward. However, before such systems can power the future, they first need to demonstrate their viability. Researchers from Europe and Morocco have teamed up to make one specific energy system a reality - dispatchable concentrating solar plants.

  Leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance
EU-funded researchers have shown how nanoparticles can deliver drugs directly to the site of an infection. This preclinical research promises more effective treatments and the prospect of bypassing the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

  Understanding the power of art on the brain
The power of a painting to trigger myriad emotional and cognitive responses has been recognised throughout history. But how and why art has such a profound effect on our brains is a mystery that is only now starting to be unravelled, thanks to EU-funded research.

  Conscious awareness... Think about it!
What is conscious awareness? An EU-funded study went looking for answers to this eternal question using advanced technology. The findings provide insight into what motivates or interests people, and the perception process behind powerful neurological drivers of human behaviour.

  Next-generation optical networks: more with less
Part of tomorrow's optical transmission networks may no longer require repeaters to boost the signal every 60 km or so. An EU-funded project has identified cost-effective ways to increase the capacity of optical networks using unrepeatered links, a potential boost to industry's competitiveness.

  Overcoming grid constraints for renewable energy provision
The Orkney Islands' entire electricity needs are met from renewable sources but further generation is hampered by grid constraints. EU-funded researchers are looking at how to overcome this and how to transfer the solutions to other regions.

  E-health solutions to support cancer rehabilitation
Active rehabilitation has emerged as a powerful tool in cancer care. However, its full potential to help restore survivors' functional capacity, boost their quality of life and possibly even reduce the risk of recurrence has yet to be tapped. EU-funded researchers are looking into e-health solutions to take the technique another step further.

  EU and Asian researchers join forces to learn lessons on coastal flooding
Could holistic flood risk assessment have mitigated the 'Great Flood' that hit Thailand in 2011? The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) - in Thailand - is on the case. The project team hopes to reduce the likelihood of coastal areas around the world experiencing the catastrophic flooding that wiped out 20 000km2 of farmland.

  Advancing composites, and the careers that shape them
Composites are used for a wide array of demanding applications. Planes made mostly of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer have, for example, existed for several years. An EU-funded training network is helping to hone the skills of 12 young researchers who are striving to take composite design another step ahead.

  A study in gesture interactions
The EU-funded GETUI project is developing ways to assess how gestures fit into the communication skill set needed for collaborative problem solving.

  Vitamin D trial results breakthrough
EU-funded researchers have delivered the first internationally comparable data providing firm evidence of a significant risk to public health in Europe from vitamin D deficiency.

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