Neurodegenerative Diseases JPND

02INTRODUCTION

One of the grand challenges Europe is facing is the ageing of the European population. The median age in Europe is rising continuously, and therefore there is a decline in the fraction of the population consisting of children, and an increase in the fraction of the population that is elderly.

This shift in the distribution of Europe´s population towards advanced age poses some specific problems. For instance, the increasing number of diagnosed cases of neurodegenerative diseases - especially Alzheimer´s disease - is closely related to an ageing population.

Against this background, the Council in September 2008 (and in December 2008) called for a Joint Programming pilot initiative in the area of neurodegenerative diseases with its respective Conclusions "concerning a common commitment by the Member States to combat neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease". Thus Member States and Associated States decided to develop a pilot Joint Programming Initiative for combating neurodegenerative diseases on a voluntary basis. The Council Competitiveness adopted the respective Conclusions at its meeting on 3 December 2009, in which it called on Member States to implement this pilot Joint Programming Initiative. For more detailed information visit the JPI website: www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu .

07CONTACTS

Ms. Hemma Bauer
Hemma.Bauer@bmbwf.gv.at
Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Mr. Oliver Mayer
Oliver.Mayer@bmbwf.gv.at
AUSTRIAN FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND RESEARCH