The LUXCOR health event gathered around 50 participants in Brussels on 19 June 2017. This first edition was co-organised by the Luxembourg Contact Office for Research & Innovation in Brussels (LUXCOR) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH). The topics addressed included Clinical and translational medicine, Big Data, eHealth and next-generation healthcare.

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After an overview of the Luxembourg biomedical and health research ecosystem (by FNR), there were two presentations of the European Commission – by DG CNECT on eHealth and by DG RTD on personalised medicine – followed by a round table with the European Commission, LIH, the University of Luxembourg, Agence eSanté Luxembourg and the Luxembourg-based company ITTM. The three presentations of the event can be accessed here.

Key messages

  • The fact that Luxembourg is very strong in IT, infrastructure and data security, positions it as a data hub for biomedical data e.g. the National Centre for Excellence in Research in Parkinson’s Disease (NCER-PD) or the genomics data hub.
  • For the European Commission and DG CNECT, the Digital Transformation of health and care is a top priority. The three pillars are:
    1. Citizen's secure access to and use of health data;
    2. Advancing research, disease prevention and personalised medicine;
    3. Citizen empowerment and patient-centred care.
  • Two initiatives of the European Commission were highlighted regarding personalised medicine: the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine (ICPerMed) and the European Rare Diseases Research Initiative (ERNs for European Research Networks).
  • Discussions highlited the importance of interoperability and cross-border solutions, cybersecurity and trust as well as the collaboration between all the health care providers and medical research stakeholders.

As a follow-up of this event, LUXCOR would like to best prepare the future H2020 2018-19 and IMI calls. If you are interested in collaborating with Luxembourg organisations in health-related topics, please contact Charles Betz, who is the Luxembourg H2020 Health NCP.

In addition, a follow-up health event will be organized at the end of 2017 in Brussels in co-organisation with other Brussels Offices. If you are interested in this initiative, please contact Younis Hijazi, Head of LUXCOR.

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