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A successful breakfast event was held in the restaurant of the European Parliament on Tuesday 15 November. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the need for more research and funding into preventable eye disease in Europe in conjunction with World Diabetes Day. It was well attended by society stakeholders as well as MEP’s […]

World Diabetes Day – Preventing Sight Loss in an Ageing Population

A successful breakfast event was held in the restaurant of the European Parliament on Tuesday 15 November. The purpose of the meeting was to highlight the need for more research and funding into preventable eye disease in Europe in conjunction with World Diabetes Day. It was well attended by society stakeholders as well as MEP’s Marian Harkin and Heinz K. Becker.

Professor Einar Stefánsson, president of EU-EYE (The European Alliance for Vision Research and Ophthalmology) gave the keynote speech on Preventing Blindness. This speech focused on how eye disease in Europe is becoming more prevalent as the general age of the population rises. As a result, eye diseases should be a focus for EU policy makers when it comes to distributing funding for research and making decisions on policy.

This speech was followed by a discussion led by Professor Ian banks, chairperson of EFAB (European Forum Against Blindness). This presented the opinions of a panel of experts as well as contributions from the audience and focused on challenges around the rise of diabetes and its links to eye disease as well as the need to prioritise funding into research of preventable eye diseases.

Both Marian Harkin and Heinz K. Becker presented closing statements and agreed that the meeting was both informative and useful. Ms Harkin in particular stressed the need to follow up such an event with action and to try and keep matters around eye health on the Commission’s radar. Optos kindly made a California Screening Device available at the event accompanied by an expert technician. Many attendees took advantage of this facility by having their retinas screened.

EU Funding calls

Opening of the 2015 call for proposals for projects under the Third Health Programme on 5 June 2015.

A call is now open for Support for the implementation and scaling up of good practices in the areas of integrated care, frailty prevention, adherence to medical plans and age-friendly communities.
Deadline 15 September 2015. Click here

 

Examples of projects on vision science funded by the EU.  European Glaucoma Research Training Program co-funded under Horizon 2020-EU.1.3.4. and Marie Skłodowska-Curie (EUR 1.046.400)  Click here

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