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EUROPA - Research What's New in Health and life sciences. This RSS feed includes the most recent updates to the European Commission's Research and Innovation web site on Europa in the area of Health and life sciences. The last (or, in some news readers, the first) item of this feed will take you to the Health research and innovation web site. For more RSS news feeds visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=rss
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ImageWhile lifespans have been steadily increasing, age-related diseases are also on the rise. EU-funded research is looking at ways to help prevent illness in later years and pave the way to a happier and healthier old age.

Climate change, digital revolution and demographic trends are transforming European economy and society, defining huge challenges for the industrial ecosystem and deeply affecting citizens’ way of life. The next five years will be crucial to set the Europe’s role on the world stage: as outlined in the President von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines, the new EU leadership is called to adopt and implement a wide set of very ambitious policies, that will enable the EU to lead the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world and to remain innovative and competitive at global level.

I-Com will organise on February 18 (h14:30 – h18:45) at The Office in Brussels (Rue dArlon 80) the Public Conference “Innovative Europe: The Way Forward. Taking Stock and Thinking Ahead”.

The event will give the floor to EU institutions, trade and consumer associations, companies, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the future agenda for an Innovative Europe through three different panels – Setting the Future Digital agenda, Connecting EU Health and Industrial Policies and Towards the European Green Deal – designed to reflect the main political guidelines of the new European Commission.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for ‘Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth’, has already confirmed her participation. Further details on the program will follow soon.

Innovative Europe: The Way Forward is the final event of the I-Com 2019/2020 Brussels Flagship Initiative Back to the Future. Therefore, the conference will be the occasion to present the I-Com Blueprint and a related Manifesto, which finally aim at informing the new EU institutions about the state of innovation in three sectors (Digital, Healthcare and Energy & Mobility) and making recommendations for the new institutional cycle to contribute to a social and economic agenda oriented to innovation.

ImageA team of EU-funded researchers has developed an accurate and non-invasive way to detect cancer through a person's breath. The hand-held sensor can be used by anyone without medical supervision in combination with their smart phone. Tests reveal the accuracy of the sensor is about 93 %.
ImageTinnitus, the perception of hearing noise when no external sound is present, affects more than 40 million people across Europe. Many could benefit from an EU-funded project that is exploring innovative personalised solutions to quieten the often debilitating and chronic condition.
The final workshop of the 3rd HBP Curriculum Workshops Series invites researchers interested in measuring and modelling brain states at multiple scales.

At the cellular level, the appearance of different brain states (such as wake, sleep, anesthesia) are reviewed at the scale of neurons, from extracellular recordings in both, human and animal models. At a larger scale, it will be discussed how brain states differ from the viewpoint of the whole brain, using electro-encephalogram and intracranial recordings in humans.
From a modeling perspective, workshop participants will learn how cellular data can be used to build model networks of spiking neurons and how mean-field techniques are used to derive population models of different brain states from those network models. Such population models can be integrated in The Virtual Brain environment to yield simulations at the level of the whole brain.
Together, these techniques can bridge scales, from neurons to the whole brain and provide an integrated view of brain states and their responsiveness.

In the framework of the BioMedaqu Project, the University of Liege and partners are offering a training course covering:

    • Fish skeletal development and anatomy • Advanced visualisation technique for fish skeletal research • Image analysis, machine learning and automation • Skeletal pathologies in humans • Leadership, research impact, grant funding, entrepreneurship, product development & market, and economic modelling.
Registration open until 21st February 2020.
For more information, email: info.biomedaqu@uliege.be, specifying in the subject line 'BIOMEDAQU Summer School'.

Event Website | Project in Cordis | Project Website

Join a major event on rare diseases in 2020: The RE(ACT) Congress and IRDiRC Conference, 11-14 March 2020, Meliá Berlin Hotel, Berlin.

Young and professional scientists, patients & patient representatives, and other rare diseases stakeholders are welcome to discuss latest cutting-edge research, innovation, and policy with the rare disease leaders.

The scientific program -inspired by IRDiRC principles, achievements, and activities foreseen in 2020- encompasses topics like diagnosis & artificial intelligence, molecular etiology, innovative clinical trials, patient engagement and drugs for all.

Blackswan Foundation and IRDiRC in collaboration with EJP RD organize this exceptional joint edition.

In this one-day event, HBP experts and leadership will present EBRAINS infrastructure, and demonstrate the capacities of the underlying HBP platforms.
They will present a range of opportunities for engagement of researchers in the project’s activities. These presentations will be coupled with talks by Dutch researchers, that may be interested in using HBP facilities in the near future. The event will be open for the wider research community.

14 February 2020 | Amsterdam, Netherlands

ImageDisposable nappies, or diapers, are a hygienic time-saver - but one with an environmental impact. An EU and industry-funded project has developed collection and recycling systems that turn used nappies and similar products into profitable new materials for more sustainable use.
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