Public spending on medical research in Europe should be doubled over the next ten years to ensure health and welfare for Europes citizens and to nurture a thriving European medical research industry. There should be greater collaboration between European institutions in medical research and improved career paths for medical scientists.
These are some of the main recommendations of the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) White Paper, Present Status and Future Strategy for Medical Research in Europe which was debated at a meeting on 30 January 2008 in Frankfurt (Germany) with the participation of the Heads of Medical Research Councils in Europe, Editors of Medical Journals, Presidents of Medical Learned Societies and Deans of Medical Faculties in Europe.
The audience acclaimed the White paper and made the following recommendations:
To make the White Paper recommendations come true European and global collaboration is needed.
The White Paper is the result of a comprehensive analysis of the current state of medical research within Europe together with an assessment of the new challenges facing Europes citizens, with changing patterns of disease, environmental issues as global warming, and changing demographic factors with an ageing population. The paper was launched at a meeting between Janez Potonik, EU Commissioner for Science and Research, and Professor Liselotte Hjgaard, Chair of the European Medical Research Councils in Brussels on 6 December 2007.
The White Paper key recommendations include:
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