Developing future recommendations for healthy ageing in European citizens
DynaHEALTH - A ground-breaking multi-disciplinary research project was launched at the European Parliament to engage with key policymakers. Over a four year period, the project will develop evidence-based policy recommendations for healthy and active ageing through reducing the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. These conditions are increasing with alarming prevalence among ageing populations across the European Union, posing a severe economic burden on healthcare systems.
The DynaHEALTH consortium, made up of 13 partners from six member states, will address the specific need for “personalised” healthcare. By studying the interplay between glucose metabolism, psychological wellbeing and social factors the project will develop new technologies and clinical interventions for targeted disease prevention. The project uses a unique approach by capitalising on a number of existing studies involving 1.5 million Europeans.
Hosted by Linda McAvan MEP, the launch marked the first milestone in this large scale ambitious project, funded by the European Commission’s research programme Horizon 2020. Linda emphasised the importance of collaboration at a European level by saying “projects like this bring together leading researchers from across Europe and have a significant impact as they enable MEPs to address the major challenges faced.”
Christel Schaldemose, MEP and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Diabetes, reiterated the importance of non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, and the impact that they have on the wellbeing of the European population and the wider economy. She said “We need robust evidence to develop and implement effective policies, and I strongly encourage the project to continue its dialogue with European policy makers”.
Project Coordinator Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, from The University of Oulu, introduced the DynaHEALTH project and explained “It is so important to begin early engagement with policy makers, the academic community, and the general public. It is vital that we maximise the impact of our research through successful and wide-reaching dissemination. The launch event, along with the project website, is just the start of our journey”.
Launch speakers pictured from left: Christel Schaldemose MEP, Jayne Evans of Beta, Miguel Lizaso from the European Commission and Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, DynaHEALTH Project Coordinator.