During the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak in western Africa, public health expert Nicolas Meda of Burkina Faso played a key role in his country’s response to the epidemic. In an interview, he sets out the lessons learnt from the experience.
Advanced therapies feature in new Innovative Medicines Initiative Calls for proposals, along with topics on artificial intelligence; the need for reliable, relevant health information; and ways of incorporating patients’ perspectives into healthcare and cancer clinical trials.
IMI has involved patients in its projects and activities since the beginning. Now, IMI is creating a pool of patient experts to strengthen the role and voice of patients in IMI activities at strategic and operational levels.
Vaccines are an effective public health measure, yet public distrust in immunisation is resulting in outbreaks of preventable diseases. IMI’s ADVANCE project worked to create an open system for monitoring vaccine coverage, benefits and risks in Europe.
IMI's PRO-active project has developed patient-centred tools and approaches to help people with chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) get more personalised treatments - a means to boost their activity levels, health and well-being.
Novel therapies being developed by IMI-funded researchers could help to prevent and cure rheumatoid arthritis by tackling the autoimmune disease in the very early stages, before debilitating symptoms appear.
Some medicines may carry a higher risk of side effects for the lungs than previously thought, IMI research reveals. The drugs studied work well for most, but doctors should monitor patients for side effects.