Norway seeks an active role in the large-scale, Europe-wide Joint Programme - Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) launched to address major social challenges, such as Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, facing Europe.
“The JPND programme is an example of the pioneering kinds of joint programme initiatives that are emerging, and that are designed to help us cope with challenges that cannot be solved within the activities of national research programmes on their own,” explains Jesper Simonsen, Executive Director of the Division for Society and Health at the Research Council of Norway.
The initiative will promote research and innovation that puts the country in a better position to manage a society with an ageing population. In addition to medical research, there will be an emphasis on welfare technology and high-quality, efficient services.
Research activities will also encompass issues related to ensuring high workforce participation across all age groups in order to secure an adequate economic basis to deal with the major demographic changes.