Every year injuries kill more than 5 million. They have been considered the number one killer and crippler of children and youngsters for more than 20 years, yet, in most countries, acute injuries (also known as trauma) are still considered ‘accidents’. Member academies of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Health issued ‘A call for action to declare trauma as a disease’. Drawing attention to the need for a strong paradigm shift, the statement encourages countries not only to control but also to prevent trauma by considering it as a disease with an integrated comprehensive approach in their health agenda. The statement was released during the 7th World Health Summit Regional Meeting and has been endorsed by more than half of the member academies of the network.
The EU Commission has started to prepare its ‘Horizon Europe Strategic Plan (2021-2024)’ and it is currently inviting stakeholders to co-design future research and innovation investments. The ‘Horizon Europe Strategic Plan’ will then need to be endorsed by the next Commission towards the end of 2019 and it is subject to an agreement between the European Parliament and Council on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027).
More information about the Horizon Europe Strategic Plan can be found here.
WHO expert advisory committee on Developing global standards for governance and oversight of Human Genome editing
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on April 2019, the membership of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome editing. The Committee will examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with Human Genome editing with the aim to provide advise and recommendations on appropriate governance mechanisms for Human Genome editing.
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Science Advice for Policy by European Academies – SAPEA
As one of the five academic partners involved in the EU-funded project SAPEA, FEAM has acted as lead network in two recent projects: A scientific perspective on microplastics in nature and society (review report published in January 2019), and Transforming the future of ageing, (report recently published in June 2019).
Additional information about previous events can be found here.
Transforming the future of ageing: Radio Notre Dame interview
“Society must tackle the challenges presented by ageing in every generation – not left until old age”, this is the key conclusion of a major new Evidence Review Report entitled Transforming the Future of Ageing, published on the 27 June 2019 by SAPEA and led by FEAM. Recently, a video interview to Prof Jean-Pierre Michel – lead of the TFA report – was released together with an article published by the French press Le Figaro.
To watch the video interview on Radio Notre Dame, click here
To download the report, click here
To read the article published by Le Figaro, click here
Public events will be organized in the coming months to present the outlines of the report:
- Madrid – 1 October 2019 – Real Nacional Academia de Medicina de Espana
- Rome – 5 November 2019 – Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei