The life sciences ?in particular following the mapping of the human genome ?offer vast opportunities to improve scientific knowledge and approaches to improving human health and welfare. The workshop, organised by the Pasteur Institute in Tunisia earlier this month, set out to explore how discoveries in this field can help the Mediterranean region.
Once research priorities were identified, delegates went onto to explore which mechanisms would best serve Euro-Mediterranean partnerships in the health research domain. The workshop also laid the groundwork for networks of potential partners to meet and discuss project ideas they could submit in answer to the December 2004 call for proposals under the INCO-MPC (International Co-operation-Mediterranean Partner Countries) scheme.
Under the Sixth Framework Programme’s (FP6) ‘Specific measures in support of international co-operation? project proposals from MPCs are being sought to help the European Union integrate and strengthen the European Research Area, as outlined in FP6. Ideas for coordinated actions (CAs), specific targeted research projects (Streps), specific support actions (SSAs) are welcomed and, according to the Genomed-Health website, all areas of the FP6 thematic priority one, ‘Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health?are open to INCO partners.
Biotech for health
The workshop organisers explained to delegates that the aim of this research priority, among others, is to help exploit ?in this post-genomic era ?the “unprecedented opportunities for generating new knowledge and translating it into applications that enhance human health? To ac