Draft EU research programme doesn’t deal with disease risk factors, say public health doctors

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 07 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6057
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

Leading European epidemiology and public health scientific associations are pressing for major changes to the European Commission’s health research programme over the next two years.

They have argued that, in its current form, the programme focuses too much on personalised medicine and biotechnology and too little on identifying research priorities that would tackle major personal, social, environmental, and occupational risk factors of disease.

They added that the 50 page document did not cover research that would mitigate the effects on health of the international economic crisis and that it severely underestimated the importance of health systems and policy research.

Although acknowledging …

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