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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

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HEALTH & RESEARCH (continued)

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TOWARDS A BETTER HEALTHCARE POLICY

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Amidst an evolving health landscape, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) is working to shape EU approaches to health

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The International Methodology Consortium on Coded Health Information on how better quality data leads to better quality care

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GOING BEYOND ARCHAIC METRICS

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A shift in existing EU workforce planning will benefit the mobility of healthcare professionals and make for a highly competent

workforce, but archaic data collection approaches must first give way to nurse-based innovation. Dr Paul De Raeve, secretary-general

of the European Federation of Nurses’ Associations, makes the case

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The Leuven Institute for Healthcare Policy shares a focus on its five main domains of interest within the area of healthcare

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BREATHE MORE EASILY

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Portal looks at current efforts across Europe to reduce the burden of respiratory disease

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The University of Klagenfurt’s Guido Offermanns asks whether the quality and safety management of healthcare is a European priority

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REHABILITATION FOR EUROPE

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Support for rehabilitation research and networks continues to come forward from the European level, as detailed here

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The Poznan University of Physical Education on how the practices of rehabilitation services can be improved

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SPECIAL FEATURE: NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

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AN AGE-OLD CHALLENGE

One new case of neurodegenerative disease, most commonly dementia, appears every four seconds in the world. Yet, with the

exception of a few cases, no curative treatment currently exists. The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research

is working to change this, as its chair, Professor Philippe Amouyel, told Portal in this interview

DEFEATING DEMENTIA

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Global leaders have set the ambitious aim of discovering a cure or disease-modifying treatment for dementia by 2025. How far away

is this goal, and what must be done to reach it? Dr Matthew Norton, head of policy and public affairs at Alzheimer’s Research UK,

Europe’s leading charity funder of dementia research, explains

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Linköping University outlines lysozyme, a new potential biomarker and therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

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APPROACHING ALZHEIMER’S

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Professor Alain Buisson discusses barriers to the development of effective treatments and diagnostics for Alzheimer’s

LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S

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Dom Graham and Lizzie Graham outline how the EPDA is working to ensure people with Parkinson’s live a full life

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BioArctic Neuroscience AB develops new therapies for neurological disorders with huge unmet medical need

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TREATING NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

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Professor Leonora Buzanska outlines an approach to obtaining therapeutically competent cells to treat neurological disorders

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The Mossakowski Medical Research Centre writes about its interests and areas of study

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BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH

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THE VALUE OF HAEMATOLOGY

Professor Ulrich Jäger, chair of the EU Affairs Committee at the European Hematology Association, discusses the potential of haematology

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The Hematology Research Unit Helsinki widens the view of the poorly understood link between autoimmune disorders and leukaemia

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BOOSTING BONES

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Foetal stem cell therapy could provide a much-needed boost to patients suffering from the debilitating disorder osteogenesis

imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bone syndrome. In this interview Dr Cecilia Götherström, of the Karolinska Institutet, outlines

the Horizon 2020 and Swedish Research Council-funded BOOSTB4 project, which is aiming to do exactly that

AUGMENTING CANCELLOUS BONE

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The CABMM introduces new animal models for bone augmentation of cancellous bone in sheep

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In reference to living tissues, the Biomedical Engineering Group asks the question: structure or mechanics?

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CANCER

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ADVANCING CANCER CARE

Professors Ulrik Ringborg and Julio E Celis outline the priorities of the EU-funded EurocanPlatform

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The Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University puts forward a project that searches for various osteosarcoma signatures

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CANCER RESEARCH ANNIVERSARY

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Portal looks back on 30 years of EU programmes supporting cancer research, and at the work currently being done to combat the disease

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The Medical University of Gdan´sk shares some of its progress in applying bench to bedside research

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BRAIN TUMOURS DESERVE MORE

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UCLan’s Dr Tim Snape explains why UK scientists have developed one of the largest co-ordinated research groups working on brain tumours

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