Publication date: 2007-08-10
With policy news thin on the ground during the summer months, we open this week's CORDIS Express with some exciting results from two large research projects, and a look at a recent survey suggesting that certain groups are at risk of excusion as the information society develops. We also have details of a new research alliance in Germany, and a new CORDIS service on energy research in FP7.
News - Top Stories
A European study has found that an extra 'boost dose' of irradiation after surgery for breast cancer decreases the likelihood of the cancer returning. The study involved following more than 5,000 breast cancer patients for 10 years. The team found that the boost dose led to a 40% reduction in the risk of tumour recurrence, with young women benefiting the most from the extra irradiation.
Respondents to a recent survey on e-inclusion have indicated that they see older people and those with lower levels of education as at risk of being left behind as the information society develops. Some 72% of those responding to the survey from the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation (ECDL) said that the ageing population is at risk of being excluded due to the development of the information society.
Swedish scientists have shed new light on how the hormone oestrogen affects how sensitive we are to pain. According to one of the authors of the study, Jan-Åke Gustafsson of the Karolinska Institute, the findings could lead to the production of a whole new class of analgesic drugs.
These articles have been taken from CORDIS News, a daily news service updated every weekday lunchtime. For more research and innovation headlines, go to the CORDIS News homepage.
Focus on Innovation
The INNO-Learning Platform has published a call for applications for the identification and selection of good practices in six innovation policy areas: innovation in services; cluster policies; USA state aid regulations; public procurement schemes; innovation vouchers; innovation raising schemes.
Future of Research
Increasing global demand for energy to power economic growth requires the development of cost-effective technologies for a more sustainable energy economy for Europe and the world. Assisting the actors involved in this ambitious objective, CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service, has launched a new information service on Energy Research in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
Two of Germany's top research bodies have joined forces to create the 'Jülich Aachen Research Alliance' (JARA), in what a government minister has described as a 'forward-looking' move. The agreement between Aachen University and Jülich Research Centre was signed on 6 August in Düsseldorf. Together, the establishments have a budget of more than €900 million.
A summer school on nuclear receptor signalling (from molecular mechanisms to integrative physiology) will take place on the Greek island of Spetses from 26 to 31 August. The summer school is intended to give participants an integrated view of recent concepts and methodological progress in the analysis of nuclear receptor signalling pathways. It is intended for PhD students and post docs.
A conference entitled 'communities building knowledge: innovation through citizens' science and university engagement' will take place from 30 August to 1 September in Paris, France. The conference will provide a forum to discuss and share information on community-based research, carried out in both community and academic settings.
Calls and Tenders
The European Commission's Regional Policy DG has published a call for tenders for a study on governance methods for regional innovation strategies. The focus of the study will be the governance of regional innovation strategies, financed in their totality or partly by the structural funds. The study will demonstrate the different concepts and approaches to regional innovation governance, and their strengths and weaknesses in the given political, institutional and socio-economic context.
The Nanomedic cluster is a platform of innovative companies and research organisations with expertise in the research, development and production of new medical products, technologies and analytical methods. Specialisations in the group include wound covers, tissue engineering, targeted drug therapy and gene therapy. The group seeks partners for collaboration in FP7 projects. Their ideal partner would have a strong R&D background and have project ideas in the fields of regenerative medicinal products, targeted drug delivery or gene therapy.
The CORDIS Partners Service publish partner profiles and find research collaborators to take part in EU-funded research, join a consortium or run a private collaboration in your area of interest. You can also search by profile type, programme and/or country to Find project partners for FP6 and FP7. To find partners for the Sixth Framework Programme, go to our FP7 Partners Service, which also features an advanced search facility.
Monitoring the levels of chemical contaminants in foodstuffs is an important and complex issue. The BIOCOP (New technologies to screen multiple chemical contaminants in foods) project, which is funded under the Sixth Framework Programme, is using a range of technologies to provide consumers, regulators and industry with long-term solutions to the problems associated with chemical contaminants. Tests are being developed by experts in a range of chemical contaminants, and the involvement of SMEs in the project will ensure that all technologies developed will be fully exploited.
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