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Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing

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Responding to this challenge, research and innovation (R&I) under Horizon 2020 is an investment in better health for all. It aims to keep older people active and independent for longer and supports the development of new, safer and more effective interventions. R&I under Horizon 2020 also contributes to the sustainability of health and care systems.

During the first two years of Horizon 2020 (Work Programme for 2014/15), the EU will invest some €1 200 million in this Challenge.

Personalising health and care

Research & Innovation supported by this call will:

  • improve our understanding of the causes and mechanisms underlying health, healthy ageing and disease;
  • improve our ability to monitor health and to prevent, detect, treat and manage disease;
  • support older persons to remain active and healthy;
  • and test and demonstrate new models and tools for health and care delivery.

Coordination activities

R&I supported by this call will leverage Member State activities in areas including neuroscience, cancer, systems medicine. It will contribute to European and international initiatives such as the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, the Joint Programming Initiative "More Years, Better Lives - the Challenges and Opportunities of Demographic Change" and the Joint Programming on Neurodegenerative Diseases Research.

Other activities

Several activities not included in the 2014/15 work programme will also be part of the 'Health, demographic change and wellbeing' challenge, notably the Innovative Medicines Initiative, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), and the Active and Assisted Living Programme.

Scientific Panel for Health

The Scientific Panel for Health is a science-led expert panel, whose role will be to:

  • analyse and propose solutions to bottlenecks that prevent improvements in health
  • identify long term trends influencing health through foresight and recommend research and innovation priorities to respond to them
  • aid in the translation and implementation of research and innovation results into practice

Horizon Prize for better use of antibiotics

antibiotics prize bannerThis €1 million challenge prize addresses the issue of the unnecessary use of antibiotics, which is contributing to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. The challenge is to develop a rapid test that will allow healthcare providers to distinguish at the point of care between patients with upper respiratory tract infections that require antibiotics and those that can be treated safely without antibiotics.

R&I performers

R&I supported by this societal challenge will enable the translation of findings from the laboratory into the clinic and other health and care settings, by engaging all relevant R&I performers. For instance,

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Events

From 12/10/2015 - 02:00 to 15/10/2015 - 02:00
Leuven, Belgium,

The Annual Conference of EPoSS, the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, will be a joint event with the MNBS Consultation and Concertation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio Convergence Systems.

A Call for Presentations was launched for the EPoSS Annual Forum 2015 on 13 October 2015 under the motto “State of the (Sm)Art: Smart Systems Responding to Demand Side Requirements”.

The Call is open until 14 August 2015

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From 12/10/2015 - 02:00 to 14/10/2015 - 02:00
Dublin, Ireland ,

The European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine, with the support of the ENATRANS Coordination and Support Action, will hold its 2015 Annual Event & General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland.

The event will take place from 12-14 October, kindly co-organised and hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

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From 22/09/2015 - 02:00 to 24/09/2015 - 02:00
Ghent, Belgium,

The AAL Forum is the annual platform for the European Ambient Assisted Living community. Its purpose is to exhibit and demonstrate ICT solutions, promote networking, foster the interest of other sectors, provoke debate on various topics and highlight new developments to increase the well-being of older adults.

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Multimedia

20/06/2014 - 12:13

In 30 years’ time, there will be 150 million older people living in the EU. Where will you live? What kind of shape will you be in? Will you still be healthy and independent? Society is ageing. But making sure our golden years are happier and healthier is not just down to the individual, it’s also down to the whole society, public and private sectors together. Improving the quality of life of older people is a priority for the European Commission. Read more

19/11/2013 - 15:33

The goal of the Human Brain Project is to build a completely new information computing technology infrastructure for neuroscience and for brain-related research in medicine and computing, catalysing a global collaborative effort to understand the human brain and its diseases and ultimately to emulate its computational capabilities.

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04/12/2013 - 12:22

Coralie Chanvillard is an early stage researcher undertaking a PhD in Berlin, under the ITN Grant of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme. This grant gave her the opportunity to gain plenty of scientific experience and to do part of her research in other European Union Member States. She is researching her PhD in Immunology in Berlin at the Hospital Charité. Her research is on multiple sclerosis. Read more

News

21/08/2015 - 17:11

The Active Assisted Living (AAL) Programme invites members of the AAL community and stakeholders to share their expertise and support the choice for the challenge that will be addressed in the AAL Call 2016. Read more

21/08/2015 - 16:30

Robot-Era is an EU-funded research project which develops and demonstrates the general feasibility, effectiveness and acceptability of a set of advanced robotic services. The services are integrated in intelligent environments and will actively cooperate with older people to help them live an independent life. The project has set up a short survey to collect stakeholders' opinions on introducing robotic services in healthcare facilities. Read more

20/03/2015 - 13:15

The European Summit of Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing took place in Brussels on March 9 and 10. Over 1200 visitors swamped the Brussels Square meeting centre, took part in over 32 sessions, workshops, sandpits and the Pioneer Village with its 20 exhibition booths. Read more

Project stories

27/08/2015 - 20:06

EU-funded researchers are advancing a novel form of cancer therapy described as a ‘magic bullet’ against certain types of tumours. Their work promises to lead to more personalised and effective treatments for breast, ovarian and other forms of cancer over the coming years. Read more

27/08/2015 - 20:00

Chemotherapy can have a considerable impact on patients’ quality of life, causing nausea or hair loss as well as depression and anxiety. More personalised care could help many patients and even improve outcomes. The EU-funded project eSMART is putting a mobile phone-based remote patient monitoring system to the test. Read more

27/08/2015 - 19:24

Africa is particularly vulnerable to disease outbreaks, and the continent has large gaps in preventative healthcare. So it makes sense to build regional capacity to find solutions to these health problems. An EU-funded project trained new graduates in Africa to develop health research programmes and share scientific knowledge. Read more

Publications

01/04/2015 - 13:30

For three decades, the EU Framework Programmes have been funding breakthroughs across Europe. RTD’s Horizon Magazine looks at the people and events that have helped shape European research policy, taking you behind the scenes during the pivotal moments from the last 30 years of research funding. These articles have been brought together into a special Horizon supplement to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Framework Programmes. Read more

Press Release

08/04/2015 - 18:50

Researchers, businesses and innovators from Ukraine will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with EU Member States and other associated countries. Read more

16/01/2015 - 15:55

The European Commission is today announcing eight research projects into Ebola that will be funded with a total of €215 million. These projects will develop vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests, which are key to overcoming the current Ebola crisis.
The projects are run under the new Ebola+ programme of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and funded jointly by the European Commission and the European pharmaceutical industry. Read more