Systems Medicine Conference in Slovenia: ERACoSysMed
What is ERACoSysMed?
The ERA-NET ERACoSysMed »Collaboration on Systems Medicine funding to promote the implementation of systems biology approaches in clinical research and medical practice« started in January 2015.
The Coordination Action Systems Medicine, CASyM drafted a road map for the implementation of Systems Medicine in Europe. This road map has been the strategic guide to formulate key objectives of ERACoSysMed.
The 14 funding bodies participating in ERACoSysMed, including the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia, joined forces to enhance the implementation of systems biology approaches in both clinical research and medical practice throughout Europe and Israel. The challenge of establishing Systems Medicine in Europe has been addressed by developing transnational cooperation between national ministries and funding bodies and a common research funding framework for Systems Medicine.
Objectives of ERACoSysMed:
To strengthen the research community across national borders as well as across specific research areas with the long-term aim of implementing Systems Medicine across Europe.
To establish a network of funding bodies for Systems Medicine.
To initiate and implement joint trans-national calls for research proposals
To provide a platform for the implementation of the actions recommended by the CASyM road map
National Awareness Event and “Systems Medicine” Workshop
To further enhance awareness in the clinic and beyond, ERACoSysMed has been organizing meetings to inform clinicians and patient organizations and other stakeholders about the approaches and success stories of Systems Medicine. Through the Awareness events clinicians and patients can be provided with information on how Systems Medicine can contribute to prevent, diagnose or treat diseases. The willingness of the stakeholders’ groups to provide access to necessary clinical and personal data is crucial for long-term success of Systems Medicine. The majority of medical centers of clinics and universities currently do not have experience with Systems Medicine. Therefore, medical doctors and researchers in such organizations need to be trained to become aware and able to apply the tools that Systems Medicine can provide. As a result, clinical groups will more easily find consortium partners and join a proposal in a call. To maximize the impact on a national level and maximize the number of stakeholder participants, each meeting will be held in a different partner country. So far it was organised in Israel and Netherlands, the third one is to be held in Slovenia, coinciding with the CASyM-related workshop »Systems Medicine«, where findings on the results of the survey on Systems Medicine undertaken among universities and general stakeholders will be presented and discussed.
2006 - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Center for Functional Genomics and Bio-chips.