Imagine you have some risky surgery coming up and the procedure could be tested first on your virtual twin – a computerised recreation of your body – to see how your metabolism might react. It would be a kind of digital doppelgänger, not made of flesh and bone but bits and bytes. The doppelgänger would …

by Heather Smith

Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from the crisis, develop resilience and build on green and digital transformation for …

by Heather Smith

The European Commission is launching a call for proposals for a Preparatory Action in the field of Digital Solutions for citizen engagement.Technology can be used to facilitate citizen’s access to, and interactions with, public administrations. The objective of this preparatory action is to set up a network of local ‘laboratories’ to support the development and roll-out of digitally enabled innovative solutions for citizen engagement in policy making …

by Heather Smith

From 19 February to 14 June 2020, citizens and stakeholders provided their views on the upcoming policy and regulatory steps on artificial intelligence. Aiming to promote the uptake of artificial intelligence (AI) while at the same time, addressing the risks associated with its use, the European Commission has proposed a White Paper (.pdf) with policy and regulatory …

by Heather Smith

Specific Challenge: Approximately 5,000-8,000 distinct rare diseases (RD) affect 6-8% of the EU population i.e. between 27 and 36 million people; 263-446 million people are affected globall. Despite scientific advances, in Europe, the fact remains that fewer than 10% of RD patients receive treatment and only 1% are managed using an approved treatment. Delivering effective …

by Heather Smith

Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture. This concerns the vast majority of tracing apps that were already – or are about to be – launched in the EU. …

by Heather Smith

The EU-funded consortium Exscalate4CoV just announced that an already registered generic drug used to treat osteoporosis, Raloxifene, could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 positive patients with mild or asymptomatic infection. The consortium is using an EU-backed supercomputing platform, one of the world’s most powerful, to check the potential impact of known molecules against the …

by Heather Smith

The Commission has released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness. This year’s DESI shows that there is progress in all Member States and all key areas measured in the index. This …

by Heather Smith

Today, the Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward. This follows the tasking by European leaders in March 2020 to resolutely counter disinformation and reinforce resilience of European societies. The coronavirus pandemic has been accompanied by a massive wave of …

by Heather Smith

How and to what extent can Artificial Intelligence and High Performance Computing help in the fight against Covid-19? In the hunt for answers, European scientists are combining algorithms, biochemistry and molecular screenings as part of a research project that’s seeking to identify potentially new molecules that could be used for drugs against the coronavirus. Article …

by Heather Smith
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