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Preventive Medicine

Preventive, Predictive, Personalised & Participatory

Preventive Medicine

Preventive, Predictive, Personalised and Participatory represents a move away from reacting to illness to prevention and maintaining health. Preventive medicine focuses on the health of individuals, it is a proactive approach towards patient care.

"Modern medicine will focus on the individual and will become proactive in nature. It will increasingly focus on prevention and addressing underlying mechanisms rather than only disease treatment. Modern research and medicine provides deeper insights into the mechanisms of disease, provides new avenues for diagnosis for the individual, and generates new methods for assessing wellness"  


European Society of Preventive Medicine (2020)


SAPHIRE's focus on preventive medicine

We will focus on the domain of prevention in European regions; to showcase current operations (best practices) and provide a basis for further development, funding and partnering in the domain of preventive medicine.

We are organising a series of interviews with leading regional initiatives in Europe, which are active in preventive medicine approaches. These will be available on this website and our social media channels for inspiration, and to kick-off of a dialogue and community building. We invite all regions who want to share their initiatives and experiences with us to contact us.

EMPOWERCARE: SAPHIRE interview with Professor Jef Hooyberghs and Dr Nathalie Lambrechts

SAPHIRe met with Professor Jef Hooyberghs,  Head of Strategic Research, Sustainable Health Unit - VITO and Dr Nathalie Lambrechts, Project manager at the VITO Sustainable Health Unit, to discuss the EMPOWERCARE project, and preventive medicine in Flanders.

In order to create resilient communities and reduce individual frailty and loneliness, EMPOWERCARE will develop a holistic community asset approach using research-based solutions to respond to current gaps in the care of people in the target group (those ages 65+ and those aged 50+ with at least one chronic condition). EMPOWERCARE will address societal issues in relation to the care of our ageing population; older people are not being involved in decisions concerning their own health and wellbeing. In combining the work of a number of existing and tested partner solutions from across the 2 Seas area the project will ensure that older people are at the forefront of improved technology and better care for within their communities. This will not only improve their situation but also tackle the financial issues of an ageing population and improve social cohesion, and implement a community of practice dedicated to the problem at hand.

East Netherlands: Preventive medicine and Smart Specialisation Strategy  2021-2027

Karolien de Bruine, EU Liaison, East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL)

Previous interviews

East Netherlands: Preventive medicine and the Smart Specialisation Strategy for 2021-2027

Karolien de Bruine

SAPHIRE interview with Karolien de Bruine, East Netherlands Development Agency (Oost NL)

SAPHIRe met with Kaarolien de Bruine, EU Liaison with the East Netherlands Development Agency...

Spring Social Prescribing

Danielle Keenan

SAPHIRE interview with Spring Social Prescribing

SAPHIRe met with Danielle Keenan, SPRING Social Prescribing Project Manager...


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 

2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825046

The project is co-ordinated by Department Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) of the Flemish Government.

Department Economy, Science and Innovation - Koning Albert II-laan 35 1030 Brussels, Belgium