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TSE research in Europe
- a first complete inventory now finalised -


Brussels, 10 April 2001

Key words: Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), BSE, Health

TSE research is ongoing in many laboratories in Europe. But so far no complete picture did exist as to what research is carried out by whom in different parts of Europe. At the suggestion of research Ministers in their meeting of 16 November 2000, Commissioner Busquin asked a high level expert group to produce such an inventory describing the type of research on TSE which is currently carried out in Member States and at European level. The expert group included leading TSE scientists, TSE research managers, officials and some members of the Ad-hoc Group on TSE which is linked to the Commission's Scientific Steering Committee. The inventory describes TSE research objectives, achievements and challenges in Europe. On reception of the document, Commissioner Busquin underlined that the inventory should help to introduce more coherence in a field of research that is essential for citizen's well-being. As such, it is a practical illustration of the European Research Area.

On the basis of the inventory's conclusions, the Commission's DG Research intends to publish a call for proposals which are aimed at a better co-ordination of research efforts and capacities in Europe and which might be selected for financial support from the EU's research budget.

At a press briefing on
Monday 23 April 2001 starting at 12:30 in Brussels
(Breydel Building, Avenue d'Auderghem 45)
Commissioner Busquin will present the inventory's conclusions to the press
in the presence of two eminent European scientists on TSE research.

Brussels 23 April 2001

Press Conference Programme

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

12:30IntroductionCommissioner Busquin
12:40Human TSEs and the European Surveillance NetworkProf. Robert Will
National Creutzfeld-Jacob-Disease (CJD) Surveillance Unit
Western General Hospital
Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
12:50Research on diagnosis of TSEsProf. Hans Kretzschmar
Institute for Neuropathology University of Munich (DE)
13:00TSE Expert Group
Lessons from the inventory & follow-up
Dr B. Hansen
Director, Life Sciences
European Commission
13:30Buffet lunch 

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Michel Claessens, Press officer, Research DG
Fax: + 32 2 295 82 20


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