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Brussels, 13 December 1999

Invitation to the press
European advances in fighting major diseases

Biomed press briefing: PRESS PACKAGE

On 7 January, Philippe Busquin, Commissioner responsible for research, will introduce a presentation of recent advances in biomedical research, which have been made in European research projects. These projects have major implications in the fight against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and aids.

The research projects to be presented are tackling major diseases affecting human health. They are specifically concerned with examining the effectiveness of Aids therapy; identifying the genes involved in diabetes; using gene therapy to treat cardiovascular disorders; and looking at the control of metastatic growth in cancer. The press meeting will take place on 7 January 2000, from 10:30 to 12:00, at the Breydel building, avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1040 Brussels. Journalists interested in attending the event are urged to notify Michel Claessens or Stéphane Hogan as soon as possible so that practical arrangements can be made. This initiative of European Commission's Research Directorate General is part of a series of press meetings designed to highlight the advances made in the framework of the EU's research programmes which are implemented by the Commission services.

For further information, please contact:

Stéphane Hogan
Quality of Life programme, Research DG
Fax : +
E-mail : Research Contact

Michel Claessens
Communication Unit, Research DG
Fax: +32-2-295.82.20

Brussels, 7 January 2000 - Press meeting programme

(Simultaneous interpretation into English, French and German will be available)

Time Title Speaker
10:30 · From European research programmes to European research area Philippe Busquin, Member of the Commission
10:40 · Effectiveness of Aids therapy (EuroSIDA) Dr. Jens Lundgren Huidovre Univ. Hospital, (DK)
10:55 · Identifying genes involved in diabetes Dr. P. Froguel, CNRS, Institut Pasteur de Lille (FR)
11:10 · Gene therapy for cardiovascular disorders Prof. John Martin, Univ. College London (UK)
11:25 · Control of metastatic growth in cancer Prof. P. M. Comoglio, Institute for Cancer Research, University of Turin (IT)
11:40· Conclusion -
12:00 · Buffet -

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