Archive for October, 2015

New Council of Europe resolution calls for the establishment of harmonised national living donation registries

On 30 September 2015 a new Resolution was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on establishing harmonised national living organ donor registries in Europe with the view to facilitating international data sharing.
The Resolution sets out the general guidelines for the construction of such national/international registries. The aim is to obtain sufficient information to define and secure proper follow-up of living donors, to document living donor prognoses and to investigate causal relationships between pre-donation risk factors, it is considered vital to compile harmonised data from the various countries with living donor programmes. 
An additional Explanatory Memorandum accompanying this Resolution provides a detailed list of the parameters intended for inclusion in any national living donor registry, defining a mandatory data set and an expanded set of variables, as well as those to be included in a ‘Registry of Registries’ aimed at international data sharing. 
Read the Council of Europe press release here

EU Commission releases draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 in the area of Health, demographic change and well-being

The draft Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 in the area of Health, demographic change and well-being has just been released. This is expected to be ratified in mid-October, with calls for proposals coming out in early 2016.The overall strategic orientation for the ‘Health, Demographic Change and Well-being’ Work Programme 2016-2017 is ‘Promoting healthy ageing and Personalised healthcare’. The programme will implement several research priorities: personalised medicine, rare diseases, human biomonitoring, mental health, comparative effectiveness research, e/mhealth, active and healthy ageing, data security, big data. The challenges derive from the ageing of European population and lifestyle patterns, which, if not actively managed through a life-course approach, will increase the burden of chronic diseases on individuals, on existing health and care systems and on society. 
Some of the interesting topics include:

SC1-PM-09–2016: New therapies for chronic diseases 

Specific Challenge: Chronic diseases represent a significant burden on individuals and healthcare systems in the European Union and beyond. Innovative and effective therapeutic approaches are required to provide the best quality of care when prevention strategies fail. While considerable basic knowledge has been generated by biomedical research in recent years, the development of new therapies is stagnating, in part due to a lack of clinical validation. 

SC1-PM-10–2017: Comparing the effectiveness of existing healthcare interventions in the adult population 

Specific Challenge: Effective health care and prevention may be improved by additional evidence as to the most effective health interventions. Growing numbers of patients affected by chronic diseases also call for efficiently managing co-morbidities. 

SC1-PM-12–2016: PCP – eHealth innovation in empowering the patient 

Specific Challenge: Empowering the hospitalised patients, outpatients and their families/carers to support a continuum of care across a range of services can relieve the pressure on governments to provide more cost-effective healthcare systems by improving utilisation of healthcare and health outcomes. The support for patients should be understood broadly covering a continuum of care in hospital, in outpatient care, and integration back to working life.

SC1-PM-21-2016: Implementation research for scaling-up of evidence based innovations and good practice in Europe and low- and middle-income countries 

Specific Challenge: Research evidence and technological and process improvements during the past decades present a large opportunity for improving the functioning and sustainability of health systems. However, the uptake of well-researched and proven interventions addressing current challenges is still slow. Implementation research on scaling up evidence-based innovations and good practices intervention should facilitate the transferability of these practices across the borders of Europe and beyond.
Read here for more information on Horizon 2020. 

The European Commission and WHO Europe scale up cooperation

2016-01-13 17_18_30-EKHA - European Kidney Health Alliance - The European Commission and WHO Europe 
The European Commission and the World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Europe (WHO Europe) are renewing their joint commitment to work together towards their shared objective of better health in Europe.
At the beginning of the month, Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, and WHO Europe Director, Zsuzsanna Jakab, outlined the objectives, principles and modalities of their continued cooperation, to further develop synergies and complementary action
The Commission and WHO Europe have committed to scale up cooperation in several areas, including chronic diseases.
The importance of cooperation across sectors to achieve health policy goals is particularly highlighted along with the necessity to define and implement concrete cooperative actions. 
Read here for more information.