While the EU has witnessed a decrease in antibiotic use since 2009, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention has shown a significant increase of the multi-drug resistant bacteria across the EU. This is the background to the Commission is stepping up the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by funding 15 new research projects, with a total budget of €91 million. These projects involve 44 SMEs as well as universities and research organisations to develop new antimicrobials or vaccines. The new boost into the fight against AMR was announced on the occasion of European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2013.
Additional €23m investment to analyse common pathways and develop new ideas on preventive strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.
The EU Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched two calls for proposals aimed at encouraging research teams across Europe to investigate the cross-disease pathways in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and to identify new, innovative preventive strategies for these debilitating conditions.
'Neurodegenerative Diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are a global health, economic and social emergency with numbers affected expected to double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050' according to Professor Philippe Amouyel, Chair of the JPND Management Board. 'With this in mind, JPND-participating countries have identified two further areas of greatest need for targeted investment in order to improve understanding of the underlying links between different diseases, and to encourage new ideas on preventive strategies'.
The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) launched the Global Aging Research Network (IAGG GARN), an international network of 503 research centers dedicated to biological and clinical gerontology. It aims to build collaborative exchanges and programs. Its actions are realized in cooperation with academics and researchers who bring their expertise and last findings on key geriatric issues such as nutrition, sarcopenia, frailty, Alzheimer's disease prevention, nursing home research etc.
There follows the highlights of the congress and a few selected slides of the presentations, published in pdf format, for download:
- 2013 EUGMS Venice Congress Highlights
- Richard W Besdine: Symposium on New Geriatrics Paradigms: Optimal Management of Vulnerable Elderly Patients
- Maria Chiara Corti: Innovative approaches in community-based care to improve clinical outcomes
- Lynn McNicoll: Geriatric Co-Management: A Strategy to improve care of hospitalised older patients
- Terrie Fox Wetle: American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
Abstracts and symposia are now invited for the 10th Congress of the EUGMS to be held from 17 - 19 September in Rotterdam.
The abstract submission process opens on 1 December and closes on 25 April 2014 (click here for full instructions).
The deadline for symposia submissions is 31 January 2014 (click here for full instructions)
This ground-breaking document is important for at least three reasons:
- It broadens the way we understand the needs and opportunities of older people, going far beyond the adequacy of pensions and other income support which, though critical, often narrows policy thinking and debate about the needs of this age group.
- It involves a pioneering application of human development methodology to the construction of an index of the wellbeing of older people.
- It challenges countries in every part of the world. The report’s ranking of countries in terms of the needs and opportunities of older people shows that a country’s GNP neither guarantees good living for older people nor is an obstacle to improving their situation. Older people in poorer countries often have better lives on average in several key respects than those in somewhat richer ones. The index of older people thus serves as a challenge to governments and community groups to raise their sights as to what is possible.