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EIT Health

EIT Health partners work to give EU citizens greater opportunities to enjoy a healthier and active life for longer, and to postpone dependency on others, by leveraging big data and new technologies, identifying and removing barriers to innovation, and building on education and talent creation.

Goals

Promote Healthy Living

Self management of health and life style interventions through:

Development of solutions and education programmes that enable individuals and their families to take charge of their own health – by detecting early signs of disease and by being better equipped to understand and monitor their own treatment.

Development of products, services and citizen-oriented strategies to encourage positive lifestyle changes, including the development of business models for preventive care.

Support Active Ageing

Making workplace interventions and overcoming functional loss through:

Development of programmes and solutions to optimize the workplace environment and work experience, to improve employability.

Development of solutions for age-related metabolic, motor and cognitive dysfunction at home and at work, in urban and rural environments, to allow for extended periods of independent life.

Improve Healthcare

With innovations and a patient-centric approach involving:

Integration of services across the continuum of care, with a particular focus on patients with multiple chronic diseases, using approaches such as big data or new technologies.

Development of methods, solutions and concepts for improved treatment and management of chronic diseases.

For more information see https://www.eithealth.eu/home

Examples of Trinity-led projects within EIT Health

Digital Health Validator

– an Accelerator programme

Validator is a two-month digital health incubator hosted at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin in collaboration with our partner EIT Health. A fulltime intensive incubator, to enable early stage Digital Health start-ups to validate their business idea and find their product/market fit in Europe.

As part of the 2018 programme, start-ups will take a two week tour of 4 health tech hubs across Europe: YES!Delft, Netherlands Grenoble EM, France, Imperial College London & Newcastle University. The itinerary at each location is specifically designed for rapid market validation.

For more information contact Gavan Drohan: gavan.drohan@tcd.ie.

Alzheimer’s Disease Prediction Service

– an Innovation by Ideas Project

Current state-of-the-art diagnostic measures of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are invasive (cerebrospinal fluid analysis), expensive (neuroimaging) and time-consuming (neuropsychological assessment) and thus have limited accessibility as frontline screening and diagnostic tools for AD. The Alzheimer's Disease Prediction Service (ADPS) will be one of the first validated solutions to enter the EU market as a pre-symptomatic, computational biomarker to predict Alzheimer’s risk for people 50+.

According to the 2014 Alzheimer report, only 35% of dementia cases are diagnosed early enough. Although experts realize the potential of functional screening biomarkers, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or activity tracking (AT) technologies in dementia prediction routine examination is not carried out until symptoms appear and significant brain damage is already done. On the other hand, enough data from mobile phone, in-house or driving activity sensors are available today to assess the earliest possible functional and navigation deficiencies and assist early prediction of dementia or other neurodegenerative disease decades in advance. This project builds on previous datasets from our group, with >2.700 patients and 87-94% diagnostic accuracy of predicting Alzheimer’s up to 6 years in advance. Early information enables prevention.

The objective is to evaluate the accuracy and performance of an ADPS prototype, that continuously tracks everyday cognition, combines different mobile phone activity data layers using machine learning techniques, to estimate the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

In partnership with Universitat de Barcelona, Altoida AG and GMV Solutiones Globales Internet. For more information, contact Ioannis Tarnanas (ioannis.tarnanas@gbhi.org) or Robert Whelan: (rob.whelan@gbhi.org) or see www.altoida.com/

People with Intellectual Disabilities as Physical Activities Leaders in the Community

– a Campus Citizen programme

Physical Activity Leader Project (P-PALs) is a programme developing leadership skills in older adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) in promoting physical activity among their peers. The training programme, based on an established model developed for the general older population, gives older people with ID the skills and confidence they need to return to their peers to lead them in a range of games and activities designed to improve functional fitness and promote citizen engagement and community engagement.

Sport and physical activity programmes already exist for older people without ID in Ireland (e.g. Go for Life) and for children and young adults with ID (e.g. Special Olympics), but, until now, no programme addresses physical activity for older people with ID within their communities.

The programme will run in Dublin and Barcelona and is run in partnership with Universitat de Barcelona and Age & Opportunity. For more information, contact Mary-Ann O’Donovan: ODONOVM3@tcd.ie

Contact

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