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European Reference Networks

European Reference Networks: an opportunity for the future of cardiology in Europe

European Reference Networks
 (ERNs) bring together highly specialised healthcare providers from different Member States. They help provide affordable, high-quality and cost-effective healthcare to patients with conditions requiring a particular concentration of resources or expertise.

Centre of Reference needs endorsement of a Member State. ERNs must demonstrate a common area of expertise and focus on highly specialised, complex or rare diseases. Eligibility criteria include an expected territorial coverage (at least 8 Member States) and at least 10 healthcare providers.

There is no direct funding from European Commission to set up ERNs but other opportunities exist, through the Connecting European Facilities (CEF) programme for the eHealth dimension, Structural Funds (crossborder cooperation) and Social Funds (training & better skills).

EU publications

DG SANCO : "Health for the EU in 20 success stories" sums up the achievements of EuroHeart (p 17)


EurActiv 28 July 2015 : McGuinness MEP: 'The high cost of poor cardiovascular health is enormous' 
EurActiv 26 Sep 2014 : Heart disease: a regional problem
EurActiv Sep 2014 : The Brussels based news EurActiv interviewed the ESC President and the President and Vice-President of the Spanish Cardiac Society in at the ESC Congress 2014 in Barcelona. ESC President calls on EU to reduce health inequality in Europe
EU must regulate salt and fat content in foods, health expert warns
Horizon 2020 must target cardiovascular diseases, health expert says
Pan European Networks 2014 : Center stage CVD About the success of the first ever cardiovascular health week held in November 2013
EurActiv 6 Nov 2013 : Borg: Cardiovascular diseases should be higher on the political agenda
Interview with EU Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg at the launch of Cardiovascular Health Week 2013
EurActiv 6 Nov 2013 : Europe's number one killer still needs attention, experts say, Article on Cardiovascular Health Week 2013
The Parliament Magazine 4 Nov 2013 : EU must become a 'force for protecting and promoting' cardiovascular health
Article by the MEP Heart Group Co-Chairs on Cardiovascular Health Week 2013
European Voice 2 May 2013 : "Regulation of tobacco products can save lives" Letter by Frans Van de Werf, Chairman ESC European Affairs Committee : "Health experts urge greater gender balance in clinical trials"
EurActiv 8 Mar 2013 : "Medical director: Women under-represented in clinical tests" Interview with Prof Marco Stramba-Badiale
The Parliament Magazine 27 Feb 2013 : "Expert warns of 'epidemic' in cardiovascular disease"Press coverage of ESC Brussels office opening
European Voice 11 Oct 2012 : "Cutting out the risks on the operating table"Letter by Panos Vardas, ESC President and Frans Van de Werf,  Chairman ESC European Affairs Committee
Public Service Review 8 Oct 2012 : "Heart disease still Europe's biggest killer" Editorial by Prof Joep Perk
Public Service Review 3 Oct 2012 : "A cardio exercise" Karin Sipido provides an overview of the impacts of cardiovascular research in Europe and what is being done to boost it…
ESC Studio 28 Aug 2012 : "CVD Research : Insights on EU funding"
Interview with Dr V. Dambrauskaite, Scientific Officer for CVD area, Health Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
ESC Studio 28 Aug 2012 :"European perspectives for CVD Research: insights on EU funding and the BioMed Alliance"
Interview with Prof K. Sipido, FESC (Member of the ESC European Affairs Committee and Vice-President of the Biomed Alliance) and Prof F. Van de Werf, FESC (Chair of the ESC European Affairs Committee)
Public Service Review 18 May 2012 : "Heart In the Right Place" Editorial by Prof. Michel Komajda
European Voice 15 Dec 2011 : "Research funding must focus on health" Letter from the Alliance for Biomedical Research in Europe
European Voice 29 Sep 2011 :  "Simple ways to save lives and money" Letter from the European Chronic Disease Alliance

Medical Journals

EHJ Aug 2015 : "Proposals for data protection regulation endanger research in the European Union"
EHJ Nov 2013 : "Cardiovascular Health Takes Centre Stage in Brussels"
EHJ 18 Sep 2012 : "Our time: A call to save preventable death from cardiovascular disease":
On the occasion of the 1st anniversary of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs, the Global CVD Taskforce calls on governments to adopt 10 evidence-based targets in a joint paper simultaneously published in major cardiology journals in the world.
The document is also available here.

CardioPulse/EHJ 18 Sep 2011 : "A new Alliance: biomedical societies in Europe unite to support research"
EHJ 14 May 2011 : "Clinical evaluation of cardiovascular devices" Report from the ESC Policy Conference
The Lancet 12 Feb 2011 : "European societies form biomedical alliance"
Cardiovascular Research 5 June 2009 : "Identifying needs and opportunities for advancing translational research in cardiovascular disease"