Technical meeting to prepare a coordinated call in Health and to present topics for future EU-Russia cooperation on Health research was held at Moscow State University on 16 May, 2017.
In her welcoming speech Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation Ludmila M. Ogorodova emphasized that “the modern research community is used to reacting quickly to new challenges and implementing joint projects which will contribute to the development of a strategic plan on combating this global issue. Moreover, joint projects will enable the mutual exchange and integration of Russian and European science, the adoption of new technologies, and collaboration between researchers”.
Joint call on infectious diseases will be launched in the end of 2017 in frames of Work Programme 2018-2020 Horizon 2020 and Action 2.2 Federal Targeted Programme for Research and Development in Priority Areas of Development of the Russian Scientific and Technological Complex for 2014-2020.
Russian and European scientists will initiate collaborative projects aimed at increase of efficacy and diagnostics of infectious diseases burdening healthcare in developed societies. Attention will be focused on HIV, hepatits C virus and tuberculosis problems.
In the second part of the event topics for future EU-Russia cooperation on Health research were discussed.
Co-chair of the meeting from the Russian side – Head of Unit, Department for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation – Ilya V. Kazeev made a speech on strategy of S&T development of Russia and mechanisms of financial support of research in the field of Life Sciences.
Co-chair of the meeting from the European side – Head of Unit, Health Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission – Cornelius Schmaltz informed the participants about the “Societal Challenges” of the Horizon 2020 and strategy of international cooperation.
In frames of the event priority topics for future EU-Russia collaboration of were discussed.
Director of Institute of Regenerative Medicine of Lomonosov Moscow State University – academician Vsevolod A. Tkachuk presented current status of regenerative medicine in Russia. He pointed the changes in national legislation since 2017 when Russia entered the circle of countries where biomedical cell-based products are regulated at federal government level. This opens new prospects for cooperation in the fields of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering which are in priority for EU in the last decades.
Presentation by professor Renad N. Alyautdin – director of Drug safety expertise center of Scientific Center for Evaluation of Medical Products focused on advances of Russian scientists in the field of personalized medicine and healthcare. Last decades saw numerous achievements in development of personalized approaches in pharmacotherapy and Russian specialists were among peers in the field, Evaluation of patient’s individual factors influencing efficacy and safety of pharmacotherapy are among potential collaboration topics.
Development of ICT in healthcare was in spotlight of a presentation given by director of V.N. Orekhovich Institute of biomedical chemistry – academician Andrey A. Lisitsa. His talk was focused on longevity and extension of active lifespan using prevention methods based on bioinformatical analysis of marker proteins. These methods gain wide expansion in modern medicine and implementation of data transfer technologies and processing made them available to a wide spectrum of specialists in different fields of medical science.
European participants stressed that these research priorities are relevant to the 9th Framework Programme.
Representatives of the EU-member states Embassies (France, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Czech Republic) took part in the event. They presented a short update on bilateral S&T cooperation with Russia and perspectives for future cooperation.
All the participants of the event indicated great potential for collaboration of Russia and the EU.
Presentations that were maid during the event can be found here: http://www.h2020-health.ru/en/node/459