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FEAM Newsletter

March 2024

Joint Workshop on the Design of Framework Programme 10

In a pivotal year for the European Union, the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) joined forces to organise a one-day workshop on 20 February 2024. The workshop gathered one representative from each Academy of the FEAM’s network and focused on the Design of the upcoming EU Framework Programme 10 (FP10), set to be launched in 2027. The timing of this workshop is especially crucial as 2024 marks both the European Parliament elections and the formation of a new College of Commissioners. Additionally, it commemorates 40 years since the inception of the first EU Framework Programme, highlighting the enduring importance of collaborative efforts in addressing global challenges.

Framework Programmes have been instrumental in fostering collaborative initiatives to tackle shared challenges, including those related to global health, climate change, and the responsible implementation of artificial intelligence. As Europe stands at the cusp of a new era, these programs play a pivotal role in shaping the continent’s research and innovation landscape.

FEAM Academies, as influential bodies at the intersection of science, medicine, and policy, hold a key position in shaping the future of European Research and Innovation. With a commitment to advancing health and biomedical research across the continent, these academies are uniquely positioned to provide valuable insights into the design and content of the next EU Framework Programme.

Read more about the event here.

FEAM Activities



FEAM at CEPS Ideas Lab 2024

FEAM President, Stefan Constantinescu, participated in a discussion on "Will the EU react more effectively to the next health crisis?" at CEPS Ideas Lab 2024.

Joined by Sandra Gallina (DG SANTE), Vicky Lefevre (ECDC), Valerie Nkamgang Bemo (Global Development - Emergency Response, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Anders Nordström (Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)  and Lieven De Raedt (FPS Public Health), the session explored essential topics such as the importance of identifying early signs of future health crises, formulating strategies for rapid risk assessment, and outlining ways for Europe to invest in establishing a robust and resilient health system, with a special emphasis on global health.

Find out more about the event here.


New FEAM Forum Partner

The FEAM European Biomedical Policy Forum is delighted to welcome Cancer Patients Europe (CPE) as its newest member among the 31 Forum partners.

More information here.

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High-Level Conference on Ending Discrimination Against Cancer Survivors

FEAM President, Stefan Constantinescu, delivered welcoming remarks at the opening of the High Level Conference on Ending Discrimination Against Cancer Survivors. 

This event addressed the financial challenges faced by cancer survivors’ post-recovery. On stage, cancer survivors, EU policymakers, legal experts, and insurance representatives emphasised the importance of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’, ensuring that cancer patients don't suffer from discrimination. The challenges of a cancer diagnosis should not linger throughout a lifetime. The initiative had strong input from former FEAM board member and fellow of the Royal Belgian Academy of Medicine, Prof. Françoise Meunier.

This initiative was organised thanks to Fonds Cancer, Académie royale de Médecine de Belgique (ARMB), and Koninklijke Academie voor Geneeskunde van België (KAGB), under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU.


Strengthening vaccination policies towards the European elections

FEAM, as a member of the Coalition for Vaccination, welcomes the Council recommendation to support EU countries in their efforts to prevent cancer through vaccination against Human papillomaviruses (HPV) and Hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Read the full press release here.

  The vaccines' contribution to unmet medical need in the context of the revision of the EU General Pharmaceutical legislation - Vaccines Europe


Mission Board on Vaccination in Europe launch event

On 21 March 2024, FEAM was at the European Parliament for the launch event of the Mission Board on Vaccination in Europe. Over the past year, 19 organisations have worked on a report with the aim of strengthening immunisation systems across Europe.

Representing FEAM on the board chaired by Walter Ricciardi was Prof. George Griffin, Past President of FEAM

Read more about the event here.

Former Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, and Prof. George Griffin

FEAM attends the XVIII European Patients’ Rights Day

FEAM Past President Prof. George Griffin attended the XVIII European Patients’ Rights Day at the European Parliament on 19 March 2024. The event, organised by the FEAM Forum member Cittadinanzattiva APS and hosted by MEP Brando Benifei, emphasised the crucial role of healthcare professionals in shaping a healthier Europe.

During the insightful discussions, speakers addressed various challenges within the health workforce, including job strain, the significant shortage of healthcare professionals in the EU, and the alarming issue of medical desertification.



SAPEA launches a Survey for EMCRs

SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) is actively working to increase the involvement of early- and mid-career researchers in providing high level science and policy advice to the European Union. To better understand the opportunities and challenges encountered by these researchers in the field of science-for-policy, SAPEA, a part of the Scientific Advice Mechanism, has prepared a questionnaire to gather insights from the research community.

Read more about the initiative here.

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News from the academies

On 13 March 2024, the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain (RANME) held the IX Scientific Conference on Medical Imaging, titled “Disruptive technology and clinical innovation,” on prostate cancer. Coordinated by specialists in Nuclear Medicine, Urology, Radiology, Physics and Biomedical Engineering, the discussion focused on  precision medicine, resolving diagnostic uncertainties and improving treatment results.

On 31 January 2024, the Israeli Academy of Science in Medicine co-sponsored an International Online Conference on Elimination Strategies of Cervical Cancer and Human Papillomavirus Associated Cancers. The conference discussed the measures required in Israel and other countries to combat malignant tumors caused by the human papillomavirus, following the initiative of the World Health Organization which calls for increased vaccination against the virus, screening, and targeted treatment.. Find more information about the event here.

The Journal of Israeli Medical Students (JIMS), a medical journal created under the auspices of the Israeli Academy of Science in Medicine, released in Arch a special issue dedicated to women in medicine.  The journal can be accessed online at this link.

The UK Academy of Medical Sciences has released a stark report highlighting wide-ranging evidence of declining health among children under five in the UK and calls on policymakers to take urgent action to address the situation. Read the report here.

The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS), through its project, the Swiss Personalized Health Network (SPHN) has laid important foundations to enable and promote the responsible use of health data in research. The sharing of health data, however, faces repeatedly hurdles and bottlenecks. A recently published study provides new insights. In addition to the technical aspects, the study also sheds light on the legal and ethical challenges that arise when sharing sensitive health data. You can read the study on Swiss Medical Weekly.

Pregnancy-specific conditions can have lifelong impacts on the health of both mother and child, but there are few safe and effective medicines available. Participants at the UK Academy of Medical Sciences’ FORUM workshop run jointly with Birmingham Health Partners and Concept Foundation highlighted six priorities for understanding and developing treatments for these conditions. Read the report here.



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