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Disease prevention. Dementia, Cardiovascular disease, Oncology

It’s a fact: The vast majority of our healthcare expenditure goes towards the medical equivalent of closing the barn door after the horse has bolted. We treat people when they’re already ill or dying. Very little is spent on preventing them from getting sick in the first place – whether through exercise, diet, environmental monitoring, lifestyle or primary care. How can we move from talk about prevention to evidence-based action for it? What R&D agenda is needed to revise our policies with confidence we’re targeting the right measures?

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How can we improve environmental monitoring – and prevention - of disease causes?
  • What does behavioural research tell us about lifestyle and exercise changes?
  • Can simple but early medical intervention – by primary carers – really prove cost-effective? If so, which ones?
  • Can e-health and mobile monitoring technologies help?
  • Can we accurately weigh costs and benefits of prevention vs. treatment, by disease type and demographic group?
  • Can personalised medicine make a difference?


To register, please visit the Horizon 2020 – New Commission, new Agenda conference webpage.