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19 December 2017

posted Dec 19, 2017, 6:24 AM by Beck Lockwood
Call for metrology-based research projects

New funding will be available in early 2018 for projects that address measurement challenges in healthcare.

Launched by the European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET), the ‘Metrology for Health’ funding call will be strongly aligned with current and upcoming Horizon 2020 calls.

In preparation for the call, EURAMET held a workshop and networking meeting in Berlin on 12-13 December 2017 to bring together stakeholders in the area of health, including international experts in medicine, academia and industry and the measurement community.

"The aim of the workshop is to encourage closer interaction with stakeholders. By having this crucial input from experts in health, upcoming joint research projects are going to see faster application of metrology in practice. I believe that the 2018 health call will create stronger impact through fast clinical translation," explains Tobias Schäffter, convenor of EURAMET’s Task Group for Health.

Whilst heavy snow caused travel chaos across Europe, Dr Mike Messenger, Deputy Director of NIHR DEC Leeds, delivered the keynote speech (via teleconference) on "The Future of Personalised Medicine and Health", and presented NIHR funded DEC work on metrology in health technology assessment (Alison Smith) and Quality Assessment of Measurement Procedures (QAMPs).

“At NIHR DEC Leeds, our emphasis is always on the importance of making accurate and reproducible measurements at the outset – and also understanding uncertainty in those measurements as you use them to produce evidence that will inform health and care decision making,” says Dr Messenger. “There are some really exciting technologies being developed in this area that allow us to combine data from multiple sources and across different platforms. We’re really looking forward to forging new collaborations in the area of metrology, especially with our UK partners at LGC (ww.lgcgroup.com/) and NPL (www.npl.co.uk).”

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