One consequence of demographic change is an increased demand for medical progress: An increasing number of people are suffering from major diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular, metabolic, infectious, lung or neurodegenerative diseases, from mental illness, from musculoskeletal or allergic diseases, or from a combination of several of these diseases.
Additionally, it frequently still takes too long for results from basic and clinical research to be transferred into standard medical care and thus to be of benefit to patients. Improving the speed and effectiveness of this process is one guiding principle of the Framework Programme.
Findings from national and international life-science research are helping to deliver innovative strategies for diagnostics, therapy and, increasingly, also for early detection and prevention of diseases. However, health research only becomes progress when people benefit from it. This presents medical research and health care systems with the major task of accelerating the translation process while focussing on research that benefits the patients.