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CANCON

Cancon (officially European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control or CanCon; Cancon for short) is a joint action initiative, co-funded by participating organisations, institutes, universities and health care units, and the European Union.

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CHRODIS

JA-CHRODIS is a European collaboration that brings together over 60 associated and collaborating partnersfrom e.g. national and regional departments of health and research institutions, from 26 Member States. These partners work together to identify, validate, exchange and disseminate good practice on chronic diseases across EU Member States and to facilitate its uptake across local, regional and national borders. The focus is health promotion and primary prevention as well as the management of diabetes and multi-morbid chronic conditions.

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EMCDDA

The EMCDDA is increasingly active in monitoring new psychoactive substances which may pose health and social risks to our societies. A new psychoactive substance is defined as 'a new narcotic or psychotropic drug, in pure form or in preparation, that is not controlled by the United Nations drug conventions, but which may pose a public health threat comparable to that posed by substances listed in these conventions'. On this page you can find more information on the EMCDDA's work in this area as well as the key outputs on new drugs.

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EU menu LOT 1

A long term objective of the European Food safety Authority (EFSA)'s EU MENU project aims to provide standardised information on what people eat in all countries and regions across the EU. It allows more accurate exposure assessment and supports risk managers in their decision-making on nutrition and food safety. In Slovenia we started with the EU Menu Slovenia project in 2014  and the project will end in 2019, where our first national food consumption data will be available. The collection of food consumption data is based on the EFSA's Guidance on the EU Menu methodology.

In this context the consortium of eight partners has been established in Slovenia to share the research knowledge in the field of dietary studies - National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) as a leading partner, Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS), University Medical Centre Ljubljana (PeK), University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty (BF), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education (PF), The Nutrition Institute Ljubljana (NUTRIS), University of Primorska (UP FVZ), University of Maribor, Faculty of Health Sciences (UM FZV).

The study is divided into two parts – LOT 1 – »The children 's survey«, including subjects from three months up to 3 years old and LOT 2 – »The adolescent and adult's survey«, including subjects from 10 to 74 years old.

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EU menu LOT 2

A long term objective of the European Food safety Authority (EFSA)'s EU MENU project aims to provide standardised information on what people eat in all countries and regions across the EU. It allows more accurate exposure assessment and supports risk managers in their decision-making on nutrition and food safety. In Slovenia we started with the EU Menu Slovenia project in 2014  and the project will end in 2019, where our first national food consumption data will be available. The collection of food consumption data is based on the EFSA's Guidance on the EU Menu methodology.

In this context the consortium of eight partners has been established in Slovenia to share the research knowledge in the field of dietary studies - National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) as a leading partner, Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS), University Medical Centre Ljubljana (PeK), University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty (BF), University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education (PF), The Nutrition Institute Ljubljana (NUTRIS), University of Primorska (UP FVZ), University of Maribor, Faculty of Health Sciences (UM FZV).

The study is divided into two parts – LOT 1 – »The children 's survey«, including subjects from three months up to 3 years old and LOT 2 – »The adolescent and adult's survey«, including subjects from 10 to 74 years old.

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Euro HIV EDAT

The purpose of the project is to generate operational knowledge to better understand the role and impact of Community Based Voluntary Counselling and Testing services (CBVCTs), to explore the use of innovative strategies based on new technologies and to increase early HIV/STI diagnosis and treatment in Europe among the most affected groups.

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EuroMix

The EuroMix project will deliver a mixture test strategy and test instruments using novel techniques as recently proposed by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The tests will result in data needed for refining future risk assessment of mixtures relevant to national food safety authorities, public health institutes, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), industry, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders. Ultimately, this will provide information for future risk management decisions on the safety of chemicals in mixtures to be taken by the European Commission and the Codex Alimentarius.

Metabolic and genetic factors of reproductive health, birth
JANPA

In accordance with the policy actions that addresses overweight and obesity at European level and as a contribution to the EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, JANPA has the focus on aspects such as: the economic burden of obesity in national health systems, the multilevel and multi-sectorial and life-course approach for preventing health problems that originate from childhood obesity, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy nutrition and related health problems, taking into account social inequality.

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EUnetHTA 3

EUnetHTA JA3 project (2016 - 2020) is implemented as a final assistance from the European Commission to set up national bodies for the evaluation of health technologies in different countries.
The main objective of the project is to increase the use, quality and efficacy of HTA work at European level to support evidence-based sustainable and equitable selection of healthcare and medical technologies and the reuse of regional and national reports and activities of the HTA.
Following the adoption of the "European Commission Health Programme 2015", the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia expressed its interest to participate in the EUnetHTA Joint Action 3. The Ministry of Health participates in a project as an associate partner, National Institute for public health and the public Agency for medicinal Products and medical devices of the Republic of Slovenia are involved as a Participating Organization (affiliated entity).
NIJZ will be involved in three work packages:
WP4 -Joint production
WP5 - Generation Records
WP7 - Implementation

Merging statistics and geospatial information in Member States (MSGIMS)

Evidence based decision making is rapidly becoming a dominant manner of sustainable development planning and is existentially depending on high quality statistics that can describe the four-dimensional world; i.e. environment in space and time. This challenges the national statistical systems to establish integrated infrastructures that can provide widely applicable products and services of geospatial statistics.

National Institute of Public Health recognises these needs and as a co-partner of the project aims to establish an integrated system for production and dissemination of geospatial health-related statistics, that would serve as an important statistical support for the decision making, especially in the field of bridging the health inequality gap among regions and lower territorial units (e.g. municipalities) which is strongly present in Slovenia. The specific objectives of the project are to:

  • establish two geospatial statistical databases for health and income indicators that will be included into the regular statistical production process;
  • examine and implement innovative approaches to statistical confidentiality;
  • examine and develop methodologies on calculation of various indicators
  • upgrade the interactive web application for cartographic visualisation of geospatial statistics (i.e. STAGE);
  • improve the geospatial statistical literacy of various user groups;

The project involves three institutions:

  • Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (SURS)
  • National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (NIJZ)
  • Geodetic Institute of Slovenia (GI)

Project co-ordinator: SURS

Project duration: 1.1.2016 – 31.12.2017

SMSh.eu

EU project European Integration, Small States and Health (SMShealth.eu; from September 2015 to August 2018) aims at establishing a Jean Monnet network of universities and public health institutes, to map and understand better the small states’ challenges and opportunities of European integration in health and to translate those findings into policy relevant messages. The research by the network will be conducted in a comparative manner across four health policy issues in four countries with the aim to enhance the collaboration between research, policy and practice in Europe and beyond. Project is coordinated by Maastricht University. Partners in the project are University of Malta, PRAXIS (Estonia), University of Iceland and NIJZ (Slovenia).

The results of the project will include:

- report on challenges and opportunities of small member states (SMS) focusing on: cancer, health professionals’ mobility, access to medicines, and rare diseases,

- three publications in peer reviewed journals,

- four SMS workshops in Estonia, Slovenia, Malta and Iceland,

- presentations to policy makers and

- educational materials.

The content of trans fats in foods and population intakes public health implications, ARRS (L3 – 7538)

Trans fatty aids (TFAs) are a well recognised risk factor in the development of cardiovascular diseases. They are not synthesised by the human body and not required in the diet. A number of  other possible negative effects of a high intake of TFAs are also reported, including decreased birth weight and a negative effect on the developing brain in infancy. While naturally occurring TFAs can mostly be found in ruminant fats, most TFA intake is related to the consumption of industrial trans fat (ITF), which is found in partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs).

The major objectives of this project are therefore to identify the main sources of TFAs in the food supply, and determine TFA intakes in both the general population and key population groups. A key scientific challenge covered by this project is also to develop a methodological toolbox which will support the identification of specific populations with higher TFA intakes, to improve understanding of their dietary and lifestyle habits, and associated health risks. To inform policymakers with evidence needed for future decisions, this project addreses different strategies for limiting TFA intake. To meet these objectives, the project is organised in three work packages.

In the first WP, we will select foods to be analysed and perform chemical analyses of them, and upgrade the Slovenian food composition database. In the second WP, we will investigate dietary intake of TFAs in various population groups with different methodological approaches. In one of the tasks this will be done using food consumption data collected in the EU MENU Slovenia project. A separate task will focus on the problem of identifying high consumers where a new methodology will be developed based on data about the availability of specific food products to individual persons. While this project will exploit the use of such an innovative approach to identify individuals with high TFA intakes, such a methodology will support scientific progress in many other areas of public health and nutrition. This WP will also investigate TFA intake during pregnancy and lactation, and  investigate correlations with TFA levels in human milk. In the third WP, we will quantify consumer awareness of the role of TFAs in human health, and their motivation and ability to process TFA related food labelling information.