ECNP currently supports four major new pan-European research enterprises:
Prevention and Remediation of Insulin Multimorbidity in Europe – PRIME
The PRIME project brings together 17 European institutions from 9 countries to study the mechanisms underlying mental and somatic insulin multimorbidity across the lifespan. The project aims to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the mental and somatic, insulin-related multimorbidities and to outline new directions for research and clinical care. Coordinated by professor Barbara Franke from the Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands, the project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847879. Learn more about the project by visiting the website and following us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
The European Quality in Preclinical Data project – EQIPD – is an ambitious project to tackle some of the major problems of developing new drugs to treat brain diseases. The €9.5m EQIPD project will last three years and unite more than 20 research groups from industry and academia. It aims to establish systematic guidelines, and ensure drug safety, for researchers developing new neurological drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.The EQIPD project is supported through the Innovative Medicines Initiative a partnership between the EU and the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. It is co-ordinated by Prof Malcolm Macleod of the University of Edinburgh and the project leader is Thomas Steckler of Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. The project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 777364. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and EFPIA (the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations).
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Eat2beNICE (Effects of Nutrition and Lifestyle on Impulsive, Compulsive and Externalising Behaviours), another multimillion project, this time under the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding programme, is a pioneering exploration of the nervous system highway that connects our brain to our digestive organs to understand how nutrition interacts with mental health, and in particular whether diet can be linked to control disorders such as impulsivity, compulsivity, addiction and aggression. Perhaps the most comprehensive and ambitious project of its kind yet, Eat2beNICE is shining a new light into the darkness that separates what we consume as organisms from how we behave as humans. Get more insights on this project by watching this video.
The conect4children(c4c), is a public-private partnership to improve clinical trial infrastructure to facilitate the development of new drugs for children in Europe. A multimillion- euro project, the c4c consortium comprises of a collaborative paediatric network that will facilitate the development of new drugs and other therapies for the entire paediatric population in Europe. The six-year project, brings together key stakeholders across academia and industry, and is one of the biggest initiatives funded by the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2 JU). One of the key goals of the project is to support the use of innovative trial designs and new quantitative methods to foster development of new innovative medicines and to support development in rare paediatric diseases and high medical need area.
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