18 May 2020
by Lindsay Marshall
The European Union is on a mission to defeat cancer. This devastating disease disproportionately impacts Europeans, who represent one tenth of the global population, yet comprise one quarter of all cancer diagnoses worldwide. It is no surprise then, that cancer is one of the five mission areas of the EU’s most recent research and innovation framework programme, Horizon Europe. The goal of the mission area focused on cancer is to forestall the staggering number of cancer diagnoses, projected to increase to more than 4.3 million newly diagnosed cases by 2035.
The BioMed21 Collaboration’s team of experienced toxicologists and biomedical scientists, with varied backgrounds in computer modelling, read-across analysis, molecular biology and cellular physiology, has called on the Cancer Mission board to prioritise funding and build capacity for innovative, human-focused, animal-free research and testing strategies that enable the development of precise and reliable models for understanding cancer. We are keen to ensure that the mission adopts a modern research paradigm to enable effective research and development that advances public health through more judicious use of resources. [Read more…]