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CD SKILLS: Improving celiac disease management in the Danube region

Code: 571 - CD SKILLS
Status: In progress

CD SKILLS: Improving celiac disease management in the Danube region by raising the awareness, improving the knowledge, and developing better skills

Project start date: 1. 7. 2020
Project completion date: 31. 12. 2022
Project budget: a total of EUR 1 640 110 from three European funds (EUR 1 455 930 from the ERDF, EUR 88 000 from IPA II and EUR 96 180 from the ENI)
of which EUR 132 080 for VFN (EUR 112 268 from ERDF and co-financing from VFN own resources in the amount of 15%, ie EUR 19 812)
Project guarantor (department): Department of Pediatrics and Inherited Metabolic Disorders,
Project registration number: 571 - CD SKILLS

Project brief:

The project was supported in the 3rd round of the Interreg Danube Transnational Program call, specific objective 1.2. Upgrading skills for business and social innovation.

VFN participates in the project as a partner within a thirteen-member consortium, the main researcher in the Czech Republic is MUDr. Peter Szitányi, Ph.D. from the Department of Pediatrics and Inherited Metabolic Disorders. The leading partner of the project is University Medical Center Maribor from Slovenia.

The aim of the project is to improve the quality and management of health care for patients with celiac disease.

Comparison and harmonization of procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease within the "Danube region" (which includes Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany (Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg), Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia , Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine) we can optimize the current practice in the region.

The results of the project will be used in the development of new innovative diagnostic and treatment methods, the improvement of education in the field of diagnostics, or the creation of an international advisory network.

The project will last 30 months and will include the following main activities:

  1. Assessment and comparison of the current level of diagnosis and management of celiac disease in individual countries
  2. Development and testing of new diagnostic methods that would enable early detection of celiac disease
  3. Development of new innovative educational tools for patients and doctors (electronically), creation of an international coordination network.

The VFN team will participate in the project in the recruitment of probands, their diagnosis, preparation of questionnaires, recommendations and patient brochures within the national campaign.

Project partners:

  1. University Medical Center Maribor
  2. Municipality of Maribor
  3. Medical University of Graz
  4. University Children's Hospital
  5. Children's Hospital Zagreb
  6. General University Hospital in Prague
  7. Serbian Celiac Society
  8. National Institute for Mother and Child Health Alessandrescu-Rusescu
  9. CeliVita - Living with Celiac Disease
  10. Heim Pal National Paedaitric Institute
  11. University of Debrecen
  12. »Nicolae Testemitanu« State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Republic of Moldova, Kishinau
  13. University Hospital Munich

Strategic partners of the project:

  1. Schär AG / SPA
  2. Romanian Association for Gluten Intolerance
  3. Croatian Institute of Public Health
  4. Bulgarian Celiac Association
  5. Bulgarian Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  6. Hungarian Pediatric Gastroenterology Society
  7. Health Service Youth and Family Office, City of Graz

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Project co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)

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