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About the EAPM Presidency Conference

"Conference seeks to get the best from Big Data for a brighter, healthier future"

The Brussels-based European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM), sixth annual Presidency conference, which will take place under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Union March 28th 2018, entitled 'Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Challenge'. This will take place in the Belgian capital, at the prestigious Bibliothèque Solvay, close to the Brussels seat of the European Parliament.

The conference follows in the wake of five successful previous events, beginning in Spring 2013 with a congress in Dublin, one year after its formation in March 2012.

As was the case last year, the conference will be highly interactive with roundtable sessions and several Q and A opportunities to enhance involvement from the floor.

The Brussels-based Alliance brings together European healthcare experts and patient advocates involved with major chronic diseases. The aim is to improve patient care by accelerating the development, delivery and uptake of personalised medicine and diagnostics, through consensus.

The mix of its members provides extensive scientific, clinical, caring and training expertise in personalised medicine and diagnostics, across patient groups, academia, health professionals and industry. Relevant departments of the Commission have observer status, as does the EMA.

This conference, albeit under the Big Data umbrella, will also have a focus on disease areas and see the following sessions among others:

  • Broad picture of profiling/genomics/personalised healthcare
  • More data to treat more diseases
  • Commissioners' discussions
  • Haematology/Oncology
  • How can the region and national level integrate this

The main conference will be preceded by a dinner in the European Parliament, with speakers dealing with the topic of 'Million European Genomic Alliance'.

Bulgaria has outlined its presidency priorities already, with minister in charge Liliana Pavlova saying that for Bulgaria preserving and strengthening the unity and solidarity among Member States is paramount, adding that Bulgaria's presidency represent "Europe for everyone."

Pavlova added that the focus of the presidency would be on compromises in areas such as migration, the future of cohesion policy, as well as moving forward with the digital single market.

The latter is obviously of key importance to EAPM and its stakeholders.