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News from FEAM (March 2011)

A few words about FEAM
The Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) was founded in 1993 in Brussels with the objective of promoting cooperation between the national Academies of Medicine; and of extending to the political and administrative authorities of the European Union the advisory role that the Academies exercise in their own countries on matters concerning medicine and public health. As an umbrella organisation, it brings together national Academies of thirteen European member states (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom) and aims to reflect the European diversity by seeking the involvement of additional Academies and experts in its scientific activities and by collaborating with other European networks on scientific matters of common interest.  Like its member Academies, FEAM is independent from vested interests (commercial, ideological and political) and is committed to providing evidence-based scientific advice.


FEAM activities

Reforming the EU Clinical Trials Directive
FEAM officially launched its statement on "Opportunities and Challenges for Reforming the EU Clinical Trials Directive: an Academic Perspective" on 25 January 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels. This meeting was hosted by MEP Cristian Silviu Busoi and organised in collaboration with the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences ( An account of the meeting will be circulated shortly.
FEAM statement
Programme of the launch event

In addition:
- Concept paper on the revision of the CTD, published by DG Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission on 9 February 2011 for public consulation (deadline for submitting comments:13 May 2011) - view here. FEAM will be represented at the 31 March stakeholder workshop organised by DG Health and Consumer Protection.
- UK Academy of Medical Sciences report (January 2011): "A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research" - view here.
Related article: "A new era for UK clinical research?"(, published online January 11, 2011 DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62315-X)


Mental health
FEAM officially launched its statement on ‘Mental Health Policy Issues’ on 22 March 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels.  This event was hosted by MEP Kinga Gál. An account of the meeting will be circulated in due course.
- FEAM statement
- Programme of the launch event
- Related article published in EPA Journal (January 2011) - Eur Psychiatry 2011, vol 26, issue 1, pp.III-VI

In addition:
- EU Mental Health Pact Conference: Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being in Workplaces, 3-4 March, Berlin - view here


FEAM/ANM spring conference 2011
The next spring conference of FEAM will be hosted by Accademia Nazionale di Medicina ( at Sapienza University of Rome on 6 and 7 May 2011.  Scientific sessions will include: Increasing collaboration between human and animal medicine; Genetic testing and personalized medicine; Harmonizing medical training in Europe.
- Conference website.

- Related article: "A Roma la Conferenza "FEAM". L'Accademia per la sanita pubblica", published in PANORAMA della SANITA, n°10, March 2011:



New Officers in 2011:

Belgium (French-speaking): (
Academie Royale de Medecine de Belgique (
President : Professor Paul-Pierre Pastoret, Veterinary Medicine, University of Liege; OIE -World organisation for animal health

Belgium (Dutch-speaking) (
Koninklijke Academie voor Geneeskunde van Belgie (
President: Professor Bernard Himpens, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, KU-Leuven
General Secretary: Professor Aart De Kruif, Veterinary Medicine, University of Ghent

France: (
Academie Nationale de Medecine (
President : Professor Pierre Joly
General Secretary : Professor Raymond Ardaillou

Portugal: (
Academia Nacional de Medicina de Portugal (
President: Professor Manuel J. Antunes
Vice-President: Professor Daniel Moura (Institute of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Porto)
Vice-President: Professor Henrique Bicha Castelo
Secretary: Professor António Castanheira Dinis
Treasurer: Professor Joaquim Neto Murta


Recent activities:

Academie Royale de Medecine de Belgique (ARMB, Belgium) (
The ARMB published its call for candidates for the new International ‘ASSIS’ Prize for the security of health information systems in Europe and invites other Academies to circulate it as widely as possible. This international prize of an amount of €5000 is awarded to a researcher from one of the European Union member states but non EU citizens can also apply if they have contributed to a work in this field financed by the EU or by public funds of one of the member states. The closing date for submission is 31 January 2012.
Further information: here 

Czech Medical Academy (CMA, Czech Republic) (
CMA's reviews, in Czech and English languages, including the 2010 edition, are available here.

Academie Nationale de Medecine (ANM, France) (
- The Academy's newsletter is available on the ANM website
- A brochure, in French and English languages, on ANM, its history, its activities and its international mandate was recently published and you can contact the secretariat for further information:

German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (
The Leopoldina published a national recommendation (2010/11) on "Predictive Genetic Diagnostics as an Instrument of Disease Prevention" - view here.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS,

"Research and innovation: the secret for a successful Europe", a brief summary of the recent HAS conference entitled "It's Our Turn – Challenges of the European Union in 2011" is available here.

Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW,
"Understanding Life": a brief summary of a recent conference, hosted by KNAW and the Dutch Central Bank, which brought together 80 top scientists from all over the world to address the urgent need to deal with the ever increasing gap between the rapidly growing number of cancer patients, and the development of effective treatment, is available here (January 2011)

Academia Nacional de Medicina de Portugal
You can check the new website of the Academia Nacional de Medicina de Portugal here.

Real Academia Nacional de Medicina (
RANM’s December 2010 newsletter is available here.
Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS, United Kingdom) (
- In January 2011, AMS published its report "A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research" - view here.
- This report was prepared by a working group, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, convened in response to an invitation from UK Government to review the regulation and governance of UK health research involving human participants, their issue or their data.  The report considers the current regulatory and governance framework surrounding clinical trials, epidemiological studies and experimental medicine. There was a strong consensus that the current system is overly complex and bureaucratic, which is stifling UK health research and driving clinical studies abroad.
- In the recently published UK Budget and Growth Plan (http:///, the top 5 actions of the ‘Healthcare and life sciences review actions’ can all be clearly linked to the Academy’s recent review on regulation and governance (pg. 98) and the UK Government explicitly acknowledged the impact of this review. 
- Related article: wiew here (Published online 23 March 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/news.2011.183,)



European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) (
-        EASAC's report ‘Realising European potential in synthetic biology: scientific opportunities and good governance’ (December 2010) is available at:
-       Information on EASAC Science Policy Dialogue Project including a draft Good Practice Guidance for Academies is available here.

InterAcademy Medical Panel
- The recent IAMP statement on ‘Health co-benefits of policies to tackle climate change’ is available here.
- Are also available a related press link and a short film, produced by the Wellcome Trust, featuring Sir Andrew Haines, a member of the IAMP expert advisory committee for the statement, speaking on the health co-benefits of policies to tackle climate change.
- IAMP published this statement in anticipation of the 2010 UN Climate Change Talks in Cancun, Mexico. It makes a distinct contribution to discussions around climate change by highlighting the growing evidence that certain policies to mitigate climate change can, in and of themselves, improve health. Collaboration by Academies from so many different countries is of particular importance in view of the international nature of climate change, and the shift in world power towards the eastern and southern regions of the world. This alliance shows the important contribution of national Academies to international affairs, alongside nation states, charitable foundations, companies, and non-governmental organisations.·

- New Executive Director at TWAS, IAMP host Academy: Romain Murenzi, a key architect of Rwanda's efforts to devise a successful blueprint for science-based sustainable development after years of civil war and genocide, has been appointed the new executive director of TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the developing world.

European Science Advisory Network for Health (EuSANH)(
EuSANH’s January 2011 newsletter is available here.

European Science Foundation (
The recently published ESF-EMRC Position Paper on the Directive on the Protection of Animals used for Scientific Purposes (2010/63/EU) is available here.


DG for Health and Consumers of the European Commission:

Health EU-Portal:
The official public health portal of the European Union includes a wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international levels.

Health EU-Newsletter 65: website (and how to subscribe)

Public health e-news:
- Main page: view here
- Commission report on Voluntary  and Unpaid Donation of Blood and Blood Components (23 March 2011): view here
- Launch of consultation on Health security in the EU (4 March 2011): view here
- EU Mental Health Pact Conference: Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being in Workplaces, 3-4 March, Berlin: view here
- Renewed Commitment of Stakeholders to Combat Overweight and Obesity-Related Health Issues (16 February 2011): view here
- Published opinion on the scientific basis for a definition of the term "nanomaterial" (9 December 2010): view here

Newsletters of Scientific committees and registration to e-alerts:

February newsletter of Scientific committees:



The 2011 call of the CEI Research Fellowship Programme (CERES) has been published. 14 fellowships (in the fields of bioinformatics, bio-nanotechnology, genomics, optical imaging and stem cells) are available for this call that will be open until 30 April 2011. CERES is promoted by the Central European Initiative (CEI) in cooperation with five partner institutions located in Trieste, Italy, - including Cluster in Biomedicine-CBM, International School for Advanced Studies-SISSA, International Center for Theoretical Physics-ICTP, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology-ICGEB and ELETTRA Sincrotone – in the framework of an FP7-COFUND Marie Curie Action. Since its inception, CERES has funded more than 20 fellows to carry out research in one of the partner institutions. In the present call, 4 fellowships are made available by CBM to experienced researchers who are nationals of CEI member states (Albania, Austria, Bielorussia, Bosnia-Erzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine).
- Further information on the call and to download the application package, please visit: - Contact: Dr. Luigi Ravagnan (
The recently completed CHarME project (Challenges of Harmonising Medical Education in Europe) focused on developing joint strategies for the modernisation of the medical curriculum in order to make them more transparent, more comparable, more compatible and more responsive to the needs of the 21st labour market and society in general. Information on partners, objectives and results are available on the website of the project.

Canal Académies is a French-speaking Internet-based radio, the voice of academicians. Based at the heart of Institut de France in Paris, it offers weekly programs and a media library with audio archives. In 2010, it counted 7 211 394 downloads or 1 download every four second (February 2011 Newsletter of Académie Nationale de Médecine).

Collège Belgique has started its third trimester of high-level courses-conferences, open to all for free, at the Palais des Académies in Brussels and the programme is now available here. This activity is organised by the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (ARB), under the patronage of the Collège de France, and the Académie Royale de Médecine (ARMB) contributes to the medical programme.  Conferences are given in French. Please contact for further information.

Federation of the European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
Palais des Académies
Rue Ducale 1
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: 0032 2 550 22 68
GSM: 0032 (0)473 410705
Fax: 0032 2 550 22 65


EU Clinical Trials Register Goes Live

Brussels, 22 March 2011

The EU Clinical Trials Register was launched today by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). To enter the register please click here.

The online register gives for the first time public access to information on interventional clinical trials for medicines authorised in the 27 EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The database also allows the public to search for information on clinical trials authorised to be carried out outside the EU if these trials are part of a paediatric investigation plan.

The press release document referring to this matter can be found here.


Launch event of the FEAM statement on Mental Health Policy Issues

From the General Secretary
and the Past President
Brussels, 4 March 2011

Dear Colleague,
Re: Launch event of the FEAM statement on Mental Health Policy Issues (14:00-17:00, 22 March 2011, European Parliament, Brussels)
At the end of last year, the Federation of the European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) and its national Academies published a collective statement on Mental Health Policy Issues, which is attached, and we would like to invite you to attend its forthcoming launch meeting, which will be hosted by Hungarian MEP Kinga Gál from 14:00 to 17:00 on Tuesday 22 March 2011 in the European Parliament in Brussels.
As illustrated by the attached programme, this meeting will be the opportunity to hear the views of academic and trade association experts on key mental health policy issues and concrete recommendations to further promote mental health in Europe, and to discuss these issues with representatives from patients groups, industry and the European authorities.
For FEAM and its Academies, mental ill health needs to be given a higher priority by politicians, the media and the general public, and further efforts should be made, at national and European levels, to increase the coherence of mental health strategy. In this light, they welcomed the Hungarian EU Presidency’s adoption of mental health as political and scientific priority. Mental ill health does remain a major public health problem for Europe, not only by bringing challenges for patients and their families but also by creating an economic burden on society and bringing ethical challenge when it leads to stigmatisation and social exclusion. While the promotion of mental health has received increasing attention in the European Parliament and the European Commission, we believe there is much more to be done and the FEAM statement makes concrete recommendations in this respect, including:
An increased commitment from the European Commission to prevent mental illness by supporting a better understanding of risks, factors and opportunities for prevention but also to facilitate R&D to generate novel and effective treatments, and to optimise their use in the health services across the EU by: 

  1. generating improved statistics on the disease burden in the EU and on the mapping of public health services
  2. increasing investment in basic, clinical, translational and multidisciplinary research priorities as well as improving research infrastructure (brain tissue banks, patient information and DNA databases) and providing more coordination across the biological, social and population sciences 
  3. facilitating collaboration with pharmaceutical and biotech industry to identify and progress novel therapeutic approaches.
    The promotion, by the European Commission, of the sharing of data and of consistently high standards in diagnosis and treatment throughout Europe – referring to the ECDC and its significant impact in infectious disease surveillance and public health preparedness as a possible model in mental health.

An increased engagement – to be encouraged by FEAM and with the support of the national Academies - of the biomedical community with the policy community and society-at-large to (1) provide better communication to the public and Parliaments about mental health and the risk factors for mental disorders and (2) call on policy-makers to provide ‘joined-up’ policy for mental health across the European Commission and the Member States.
In addition to discussing these topical issues, this meeting may also be the opportunity for you to hear more about FEAM, its role and its activities.  In brief, this federation aims to promote cooperation between the national Academies of Medicine and to extend to the political and administrative authorities of the European Union the advisory role that the Academies exercise in their own countries on matters concerning medicine and public health.  As an umbrella organisation, it brings together national Academies of thirteen European member states (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom) and seeks to reflect the European diversity by involving additional Academies, experts and European networks in its scientific activities.  Like its member Academies, FEAM is committed to being independent from all vested interests and to provide evidence-based, authoritative scientific advice.  You will find additional information on FEAM at
If you are interested, we would be grateful if you could return the registration form to the FEAM secretariat (email:; fax: 0032 (0)2 550 22 65) by 17 March. Please note that the number of places is limited.
We hope that we have succeeded in raising your attention to this important public health issue, which affects millions of European citizens and calls for the attention of all concerned decision-makers in Europe.  We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further with you on 22 March in Brussels and we look forward to hearing from you in due course.
With our kindest regards,
Prof. Cyril Höschl                                                                   Prof. János Frühling
Past President of FEAM                                                       General Secretary a.i of FEAM
President of Czech Medical Academy                                  Secrétaire perpétuel of Académie Royale
Chair of FEAM working group on mental health                            de Médecine de Belgique
Director of Prague Psychiatric Center
Mrs. Laurence Legros
Federation of the European Academies of Medicine (FEAM)
Palais des Académies
Rue Ducale 1
B-1000 Brussels
Tel: 0032 2 550 22 68
GSM: 0032 (0)473 410705
Fax: 0032 2 550 22 65



FEAM statement on Mental Health Policy Issues November 2010

FEAM Registration Form Mental Health Launch event 22 March 2011

FEAM advanced programme launch FEAM Mental Health Policy Issues 22 March 2011