JPND launches updated Research and Innovation Strategy
The Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has launched an updated global Research and Innovation Strategy (RIS). The update comprises the common vision of the thirty JPND member countries and forms a renewal of the strategy to tackle the major societal challenge of neurodegenerative diseases. The first Research and Innovation Strategy was published in 2012. The new RIS invites multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration as well as engagement with patients, their families and carers. It is built around five scientific priorities covering the full spectrum of unmet needs – the knowledge gap, the prevention gap, the early diagnosis and disease management gap, as well as the growing socio-economic challenges of caring for and assisting people faced with those diseases. It also takes important factors relating to neurodegenerative diseases into account, such as comorbidities, sex and gender differences, the role of ageing and the complex ethical issues.