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A European Conference to present recommendations from stakeholders to European policy-makers to address the issue of chronic diseases.

Friday 11 May, 10.00 to 16.00, Mundo B, Rue d’Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels

The European Council, in its Conclusions of 7 December 2010 invited the European Commission and Member States to: “initiate a reflection process aiming to identify options to optimize the response to the challenges of chronic diseases, the cooperation between Member States and summarize its outcomes in a reflection paper by 2012; and to lead this reflection process in close dialogue with relevant stakeholders, including patients, professionals, healthcare payers and providers, and take into account e-health and the potential contribution of other relevant policy areas, in particular employment, disability, education and housing.”

With this conference, stakeholders pro-actively nurture the reflection process and address challenges and solutions they have identified on the matter of chronic diseases

The overall aim of the Conference is to make policy proposals to support a comprehensive approach of Chronic Diseases.

The subject will be developed during four sessions on (I) Disease prevention and Health promotion, (II) Healthcare, (III) Health Research and (IV) Information and IT, following the structure of the EC consultation on chronic diseases.

Panelists will include Dr. Usman Khan from MATRIX who will present recommendations and evidence on existing preventative health care interventions; a representative of cardiovascular diseases will share with the audience the policies and actions that benefit healthy eating. Luk Joossens from the European Cancer Leagues will showcase measures that will help preventing tobacco-related diseases and Dr. Arvid Nyberg from the Finnish Lung Health Association of Lung, will demonstrate that with putting a coordinated strategy in place, Member States succeed in significantly reducing the incidence of a chronic disease – in this case, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Other panelists include Dr. Francesca Avolio from the Regional Healthcare Agency of Puglia (Italy) who will present the agency’s experience on chronic diseases management, as a regional actor of health. Prof. Mark McCarthy from EUHPA will share recommendations on how to enhance public health in research and Prof. Julio Celis, Chair of the ECCO Policy Committee will address how  health research and innovation can be more effectively and strategically coordinated in the European Union. Robert Johnstone, from IAPO will bring the patient’s perspective when speaking about eHealth and integrated care.

Register here.

Members of the press, please read the media invitation.

Contact:, tel: 02/741.24.75

This conference was set up and developed by ECC, with the support of the European Heart Network (EHN), the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the International Diabetes Federation – Europe (IDF). All parties are members of the European Chronic Disease Alliance.

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