The EFP has been accepted as a collaborating partner in the Chrodis joint action, a European Union initiative, whose primary goal is “addressing chronic diseases and healthy ageing across the life cycle”.
This is a significant step forward for the EFP and provides an excellent opportunity to be able to work together with the main players in Europe which are involved in health promotion.
The EFP will now be able to liaise with around 70 partners from 26 countries, including 28 fellow collaborating partners, which are involved in four specific programmes or action packages: knowledge platform, health promotion, multi-morbidity and type 2 diabetes. Among those partners there are as well 38 government departments and medical organisations, as well as five European medical institutions.
“The first step is to clearly identify what we are doing at Chrodis at our action package level, and the main interests of the EFP on each of our action packages,” Chrodis coordinator Teresa Chavarría explains. “I think that the EFP has very important things to say and to show us regarding health promotion and early diagnosis of patients with diabetes type 2,” she highlights. Watch here a brief video statement where Ms Chavarría welcomes the EFP.
JA-Chrodis is the largest joint action co-financed under the EU Health Programme to date. Joint actions are designed and financed by member-state authorities and the EU to address specific priorities under the EU Health Programme.
Reducing the burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental disorders is a priority of EU member states and at the EU policy level, because they affect eight out of 10 people aged over 65 in Europe. Up to 80% of health care budgets across the EU are spent on treating chronic diseases.
“There is a wealth of knowledge within EU member states on effective and efficient ways to prevent and manage cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes type-2,” notes the JA-Chrodis website. “There is great potential to reduce the burden of chronic disease by making better use of this knowledge.”
The Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (JA-CHRODIS)
The Italian-language version of JCP Digest 12, the latest issue of the EFP’s research summary, is now available for reading or download in PDF format at the EFP website, offering a summary of a study of whether there are sex-specific genetic effects that increase the risk of severe periodontitis in men.
The study, ‘Genome-wide exploration identifies sex-specific genetic effects of alleles upstream NPY to increase the risk of severe periodontitis in men’ (L’esplorazione genome-wide identifica effetti genetici genere-specifici dell’allele upstream NPY nell’incrementare il rischio di parodontite severa nel maschio in its Italian title), tested the hypothesis that, in cases of aggressive periodontitis, gender interacts with specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and alters disease risk.
The study's authors, whose full research paper was published in the December edition of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP) , concluded that an associated intergenic region of 140-kb, situated upstream of the gene neuropeptide Y (NPY), conferred an increased risk for aggressive periodontitis in men but a decreased risk in women. In the replication study, this region showed strong linkage disequilibrium upstream of NPY and also displayed a gene-gender interaction.
The original paper was précised by post-graduate periodontology students at the Department of Periodontology, Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. It was translated into Italian by Filippo Graziani, associate professor at the University of Pisa.
Besides JCP Digest 12, you can freely access as well all previous issues of JCP Digest, including JCP Digest 11 on retaining or replacing molars with furcation involvement, JCP Digest 10 on patient compliance rates of supportive post-implant therapy, and JCP Digest 9 on subgingival air-polishing with erythritol during periodontal maintenance, together with all others.
Every month, the EFP publishes a digest of a highly relevant research paper from the JCP. All published editions of JCP Digest, available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, can be freely accessed here.
EFP president Sören Jepsen gave a presentation on the prevention of peri-implant diseases at a prestigious Spanish university summer course on periodontal diseases in the context of public health and communication.
Prevention was one of the main themes of the three-day course held by Madrid’s Complutense University in the mountain town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, from July 13 to 15.
On the first day of the course, students heard about the main findings of the XI Workshop in Periodontology, the ‘Prevention Workshop’, which were presented in lectures by the chairman of two of the workshop’s committees: Prof. Jepsen and Prof. Mariano Sanz.
Further information from the EFP Prevention Workshop was conveyed by Filippo Graziani, another leading European researcher, whose presentation covered oral hygiene and prevention.
As well as prevention, the course covered systemic diseases related to periodontal conditions and the challenges involved in wider public-health context and in communicating information about oral health.
A round-table discussion focused on the challenge of communciating in ways that are tangible and meaningful to the patient rather than referring to objective measures such as a reduction in pocket depth.
"The patient's perception of quaity is influenced by our capacity to communicate - this doesn't have anything to do with pockets," said Dr Graziani.
Prof. Jepsen talked of the need to bring together objective and subjective indicators so that "we do not have the situation where we are clinically highly successful but the patient is unsatisfied with what he has received."
Prof. Sanz, director of the summer course, highlighted the problem that less that 40% of patients comply with maintenance treatment: "We have to put the patent in the centre for the long-term effectiveness of what we do."
He added that cost was a major reason why patients did not continue with maintenance and said that a message needed to be conveyed to politicians that improved oral health would have a positive effect on the systemic diseases associated with periodontitis.
"I am not sure that it is reasonable that patients should pay for the rest of their lives for three or four visits a year for maintenance intervention," he said.
Speaking after the course had finished, Prof. Sanz said: "In three days we've put periodontology at the centre of public health, modern general health, and media communications."
The Complutense University of Madrid is a state-funded research university whose origins date back to the 13th century. It has held these now famous summer courses on a wide range of subjects since 1988, their principal location being San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
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