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EuroScience supports the REIsearch Initiative on chronic diseases

REIsearch, bridging the gap between researchers, citizens and policy makers

Today 86% of deaths in the European Union are caused by chronic diseases. Chronic diseases are long term health conditions, mostly non-communicable (i.e. non-infectious) that are predominantly not curable but require lifelong management. In Europe, chronic diseases affect more than 80% of people aged over 65 and they are responsible for nearly 80% of the health budgets. And the trends are showing that more and more young people are affected by chronic diseases.

In this context, the European Institute for Science Media and Democracy (EISMD) launched on 15 February 2016 the REIsearch Initiative, a citizen engagement and media campaign on chronic diseases. REIsearch, a digital platform that aims at creating a bridge between researchers, citizens and policy makers concerning topics linked to scientific research and to the grand challenges that Europe will face in the next years accompany this launch.

EuroScience is proud to bring his support to the REIsearch Initiative, as a Knowledge Partner and as a Media Partner, through EuroScientist, the online publication of EuroScience on science and scientists in Europe.

A five-week citizen engagement and media campaign across Europe

The objective of REIsearch is to:

  • Create a responsible and informed multi-stakeholder debate on an issue affecting millions of European citizens, researchers, policymakers and stakeholders;
  • Create and promote access to reliable information on the issue;
  • Increase international, inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral debate;
  • Bridge the gap between science, society and policy, also by involving the media.

The campaign is to run for 5 weeks, between 15 February and 20 March. Each week a different subtopic related to chronic diseases will be addressed:

  • 15 – 21 February 2016: Prevention is the best cure
  • 22 – 28 February 2016: New Technologies and Innovation
  • 29 February – 6 March 2016: Citizen’s rights and responsibilities
  • 7 – 13 March 2016: Diabetes and Nutrition
  • 14 -20 March 2016: More and better data

It is due to run through REIsearch online platform as well as the online editions of media partners including EuroScientist, as well as national newspapers throughout Europe including Der Standard, El País, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gazeta Wyborcza, La libre Belgique, Luxemburger Wort, Público, Il Sole24ore, and The Irish Times.

Follow the debate on EuroScientist!

Follow up the REIsearch initiative on EuroScientist! A banner on top of the page allows readers to participate in a poll and to register to REIsearch, which will allow them to access further information on the subtopics and to connect with other stakeholders involved in the debate. In parallel, EuroScientist provides its own independent editorial coverage of policy issues related to chronic diseases prevention.

What’s next?

EuroScience, together with key European organisations operating in the chronic disease sector (European Respiratory Society, STOA, International Diabetes Federation Europe, Karolinska Institutet, LERU, ALLEA, CPME), and relevant Directorates-General of the European Commission, have cooperated to write questions that, during these five weeks, are to be addressed to both researchers and the public at large. The answers collected will allow policy makers across Europe to obtain useful and significant insight, expertise, and data on key issues in chronic disease management and prevention. The results will be presented at the EISRI Summit on Science, Media and Public Discourse to be held at the European Parliament in Brussels on 26-27 April 2016.