Regional Track

26th November – 10:45 – 12:00 – Session II
Education Track

Structural Funds

Europe is facing health challenges that investment can help tackle. There are significant health inequalities across the EU and differing levels of healthcare provision. Although the overall population is ageing, life expectancy at birth varies by nine years between Member States for women and 13 years for men, and infant mortality rates also vary. Investment in health also tends to be much lower in the new EU Member States; Estonia, for example, invests just 5.5% of GDP on health compared to 11% in Germany.

The key role of Structural Funds is to reduce regional economic and social disparities, and thereby contribute to ensuring healthy lives for all European citizens. Tackling the health gaps, particularly in those regions lagging behind, will help to reduce such regional disparities.

So, we ask, in the era of personalised healthcare, how can structural funds better facilitate access to better and innovative care?   


 Giovanni Codacci Pisanelli

Giovanni Codacci Pisanelli

Professor, University of Rome, “La Sapienza”


Cristina De Capitani

Cristina De Capitani

Cluster Manager, Lombardy Cluster Technologies for Living Environments (TECHforLIFE – CTL TAV ), Senior Technologist, Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) , National Research Council of Italy

The role of national genetics networks in personalized medicine. A case report: Romania

Mihai Ioana

Mihai Ioana

University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova; SCJU Craiova, Romania

Marius Geanta

Dr Birute Tumiene, MD, PhD

Clinical geneticist, Coordinator for Competence Centers, Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Clinics