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EUROPEAN UNION BACKS
orizon 2020 is supporting a project into new
active compounds against Parkinson’s disease,
in a bid to develop new applications.
SysMedPD (Systems Medicine of Mitochondrial Parkinson’s Disease)
will receive €5.9m under Horizon 2020 and will centre on developing
novel techniques in order to identify and research the specialist
compounds. The investigators will also advance drug candidates
towards medical application.
The research will be co-ordinated by the Luxembourg Centre for Systems
Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg and sees the
involvement of five universities and three companies from Luxembourg,
Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.
LCSB director and project co-ordinator Professor Rudi Balling said:
“Universities and biopharmaceutical companies complement each other’s
expertise ideally in SysMedPD. This creates
optimal conditions in which to progress a
good deal further in developing diagnoses
and therapies for Parkinson’s disease.”
Parkinson’s is a gradually progressive
disease of human nerve tissue, resulting in
muscle tremors and muscle rigidity, amongst others; the mitochondria of
nerve cells, the power plants of cells, is often involved in the onset.
Researchers will begin their investigations into patterns of Parkinson’s
where the mitochondria is damaged by mutations in individual genes,
before moving to further analysis of the results with patient groups, and
where several genes and the environment can influence the development
It’s hoped the added participation of biopharmaceutical companies in the
venture will help ensure the research results obtained are translated into
application as quickly as possible.
10 December 2015
ENERGY RDI PLAN
he European Commission has announced a
new Energy Union research strategy at the
COP21 climate conference in Paris.
The ‘Research, Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy of the Energy
Union’ will be launched in 2016 and aims to ensure public support for
innovative low carbon technology, as well as backing for the development
of the right policy environment to stimulate innovation and competition.
The plan will also include an ‘open science – open innovation’ scheme to
help realise decarbonisation by 2050.
Commenting, European Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas said: “Our
view is that investment in energy research and innovation is still far too low.
It is now time for swift and co-ordinated action. To make low and inconsistent
public and private investment in European energy research and innovation
a thing of the past.”
The Commission hopes to build and
deepen the EU’s knowledge on
feasible post-2030 decarbonisation
pathways and their implications,
and create a public discourse
informed by science and broadly
discussed with stakeholders.
Moedas will chair a high level board
steering the initiative, bringing together academics, business leaders and
society representatives. The panel includes Lord Nicholas Stern, chair of the
Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at
the London School of Economics, Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber,
founding director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and
Peter Bakker, president and CEO of the World Business Council for
Sustainable Development. The EU is expected to invest at least 35% of
funding under Horizon 2020 into climate-related activities.
9 December 2015
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The last three months have seen a number of financial commitments from the
European Commission, with the 2016 budget and the new Horizon 2020 Work
Programme 2016-2017 both being announced. Research Commissioner Carlos
Moedas has also unveiled a new energy research strategy.
Elsewhere, Tunisia has become the latest country to join Horizon 2020, which comes as
the framework programme continues to fund pioneering projects in pursuit of answers
to the grand Societal Challenges facing us today, including support for new diagnoses
and therapies for Parkinson’s disease and the Human Brain Project.