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BIOMED programme - 125 projects approved

The European Commission has selected 125 projects for funding under the specific RTD programme in the field of Biomedicine and Health (BIOMED).The total funding to be awarded is ECU 84.5 million.

The projects were selected following the BIOMED programme's second call for prop...
The European Commission has selected 125 projects for funding under the specific RTD programme in the field of Biomedicine and Health (BIOMED).The total funding to be awarded is ECU 84.5 million.

The projects were selected following the BIOMED programme's second call for proposals, launched on 15 March 1996. A total of 769 proposals were submitted for research in the fields of pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, the brain, AIDS and other infectious diseases, and the human genome.

A number of projects will conduct research to help in the fight against AIDS and HIV, including a vaccine against the virus, as well as therapies for the syndrome itself and the many opportunistic diseases that accompany it. Other project areas include:

- Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE);
- Therapeutic approaches to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease;
- Pharmaceutical research which could lead to in vitro tests replacing the use of laboratory animals;
- Research into genetic susceptibility to neuro-degenerative and psychiatric disorders (such as multiple sclerosis and autism);
- Investigation of novel approaches to re-building muscle by improving myoblast transplant techniques;
- A series of specific projects for participation in the worldwide Human Genome Programme.

The Commission noted in particular the rising rates of industrial participation, with a total of 396 industrial participants involved in over 700 proposals. Particularly strong areas for industrial participation are pharmaceuticals research and biomedical engineering.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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