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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.

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For more information, EIT Health CEO, Jan-Philipp Beck provides a great overview of the organisation in this interview with ICT&health Key dates for the EIT Health call for proposals for 2021


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.

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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 from across Europe to validate their business idea and find their product/market fit in Europe.
As part of the 2019 programme, start-ups took two week tour of 3 health tech hubs across Europe: Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, Universidad Politecnica di Madrid in Spain & Newcastle University in the UK. The itinerary at each location is specifically designed for rapid market validation.
You can read profiles of the innovative start-ups who participated here:
For more information contact Breandán Goss:

WHAM: Women’s health after motherhood MOOC

– A Citizens Digital Project

The Women’s Health After Motherhood massive open online course (WHAM MOOC) breaks the silence over postpartum problems and bridges women’s knowledge gaps, enabling them to self-assess and to feel empowered to take action. After giving birth, many women experience conditions that impact negatively on their physical and mental health, though these problems are preventable and treatable if recognised early. This MOOC leverages studies of more than 3 000 women to establish a concerned community and show women that they do not need to feel alone with health problems that they perceive as embarrassing – and that are rarely prioritised by professionals.

This MOOC reacts to the evidence of the Maternal health And Maternal Morbidity in Ireland (MAMMI) study, which involved more than 3 000 first-time mothers and showed that engaging women about their health postpartum is a powerful way of enabling them to take control of their health. To ensure that the MOOC is as women- and mother-friendly as possible, all of the content and videos are being co-designed and co-created with members of the Public Participation in research Initiative. The MOOC will be available in English, Spanish/Catalan (TBC) and Dutch

The WHAM MOOC is being developed by the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Trinity College Dublin, University of Barcelona and University Medical Centre Groningen.

For more information on WHAM, see or contact Deirdre Daly on

MOVAGE-ACT Enhancing Activity and Mobility in the Community for Healthy Ageing

– a Campus Citizen programme

With the goal of stimulating active ageing and mobility among older adults, MOVAGE-ACT will develop and implement educational and informative activities that target behavioural change. The project is designed to enable older adults to obtain new knowledge and skills on how to manage their physical activity, to help combat the onset of chronic disease and to prevent a decline to dependency. Citizens will be empowered not only to live longer, but also to live well.

MOVAGE-ACT will engage older people across Ireland and France in a series of health-oriented, community-based events and activities to promote active and healthy ageing. This project builds on the understanding that mobilisation and social engagement help to maintain physical, emotional and mental health. The focus of this project is the promotion of healthy physical activity and mobility among older adults. Drawing on expertise of E-Seniors in France and Age & Opportunity in Ireland, the programme will involve older people living in France and Ireland in events that celebrate the benefits of active ageing and educate people in how to achieve it.

The MOVAGE-ACT consortium consists of the School of Nursing & midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Université Grenoble Alpes, eSeniors and Age & Opportunity.  For more information contact Gabrielle McKee at

Ambassadors in Healthcare Innovation

– An Executives & Professionals programme

AHI aims to turn healthcare employees into ambassadors for healthcare innovation. Participants learn to add value to their organisations by addressing old problems in new ways. They are provided with skills that can lead to creation of new products and services and foster a culture of innovation in their team.

The programme will give up to 45 healthcare professionals the entrepreneurial mind-set, skills and competencies to identify, develop and implement innovative solutions to challenges within their organisation. Digitisation of jobs and changing work patterns require an entrepreneurial outlook and an ability to adapt to change. The programme empowers professionals to handle changes and to create new ventures and healthcare business models within the community.

The training specifically targets clinical and non-clinical employees – in primary and secondary care organisations and in the healthcare industry – who can act as ambassadors for innovation.

The programme is being delivered in both Dublin and Copenhagen in a collaboration between Tangent in Trinity College Dublin, the HSE in Ireland, the Capital Region health service in Denmark, Copenhagen University and Maastricht University.

For more information on Ambassadors for Healthcare innovation, contact Dan Rogers

PEPRECO: Personalised Prevention Counselling

– An Executives & Professionals programme

PEPRECO responds to the growth trend in genetic profiling by helping meet the need for professionals who can counsel clients about this procedure.

PEPRECO will develop training for a new kind of professional, called a Personalised Prevention Counsellor, a health coach who can help clients with decisions involved in commercial preventive genetic testing. For the first version of the course, the target group of learners includes health coaches in the broadest sense of the word, including lifestyle coaches, nutritionists, exercise therapists, and personal trainers. After completion of this course, the learner should be able to function independently as a counsellor in preventive genetic testing.

This project is led by the Department of Complex Genetics at Maastricht University and is run in a collaboration with Learnovate, a technology centre based in Trinity College Dublin, Institut de Formació Contínua – IL3, part of the University of Barcelona; and MyBasePair BV.

For more information on this project, contact Deirdre Green at

BRAINNOVATE summer school

– A student programme

BRAINNOVATE: Biology of brain Disorders 2019: New frontiers in Innovation is a Summer School blending the interdisciplinary study of brain disorders with innovation training. Through interaction with neuroscientists, pharma-company leaders and innovators, the students will be trained in creative thinking, product development and leadership.

Brainnovate is a collaboration between School of Medicine and Tangent in Trinity College Dublin and Roche Diagnostics

For more information on Brainnovate, contact Daniela Tropea at

InPhysEd summer school

– A student programme

InPhysEd is an innovative summer school making physical education inclusive and open to all. InPhysEd aims to empower participants to develop and pitch solutions for the challenge of including students with intellectual disability (ID) in physical education classes. Inclusive learning is critical to promoting healthier living among all members of society throughout the course of their lives. This project will help develop inclusive learning through cooperation of teacher trainees, sports, health and science students, and people with ID – all of whom will work together to co-design solutions.
InPhysEd is a collaboration between Trinity’s Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability and TU Munich.  For more information, please contact Mary-Ann O’Donovan on

i- Days hackathon

– A student programme

Innovation Days promote health innovation among university students through one-to-two-day programmes held at academic institutions around Europe. Students receive an introduction to practical health innovation tools and work in multidisciplinary teams to tackle real life health challenges posed by EIT Health projects, local organisations and private corporations. Successful teams will receive resources to develop their ideas, and students from the regions EIT Health serves will be encouraged to get involved with our network.
Led by Imperial College London, 20 partners will host i-days across 32 locations. Trinity’s i-Day will be held on 8th November 2019.  The winning team will be invited to a winner’s event in Paris. For more information, contact Breandán Goss on

BEHealSy: Bioengineering PhD

– A student degree programme

The BeHealSy PhD programme is designed to create a new generation of student entrepreneurs who have the ability to develop innovative devices and services for a healthier Europe. This programme combines strong scientific education, training in entrepreneurship, learning-by-doing pedagogy and mobility schemes.  The PhD Programme in Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems (BEHealSy) is designed to equip doctoral students in engineering with multidisciplinary research skills in health systems and the ability to translate research outcomes into innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives.
Led by KTH Royal Institute of Technology, nine biomedical engineering universities and several industrial partners collaborate to develop a strong, unique curriculum that addresses the need for personalised health solutions on all levels – from the cellular through organismic to systemic.
For more information, contact Richard Reilly on


– A student programme

CEMACUBE is the Common European Masters Course in Biomedical Engineering.  Students in the CEMACUBE Master’s programme learn by doing as they develop and test new medical devices and work to bring their innovations to market. Certified with the prestigious EIT Label, this Master’s in Biomedical Engineering increases international mobility of students, who will study at two different universities.
CEMACUBE provides students with skills to realise a medical device that can solve a medical problem. Students work in co-creation with the stakeholders, including patients, medical professionals and members of the industry, to develop prototypes and test them in real-life. Their course work continues with the second part of the process, implementation and commercialisation, as they develop a business plan and prepare for CE certification and a patent application.
Led by University Medical Center Groningen, the course involves a total of five universities and combines innovative pedagogical methods with excellent scientific content.  For more information see or contact Conor Buckley on

SOOTHE Project

– A quest for solutions

People with intellectual disability experience poorer mental health than those in the mainstream population. This activity seeks to address mental health concerns among adults and older people with intellectual disability and to develop social and environmental interventions/solutions that can be employed by individual and by services and minimise ill health and maximise positive mental health in adults and older people with intellectual disability.

For more information, contact Fintan Sheerin on


– A course for individuals with ID

In alignment with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Goals 4, 8, 10 and 17) as well as UNESCO (2005) which ensures education for all citizens, the Get Wise About Your Health, Supporting people with intellectual disability to be health savvy project will co-create and deliver an innovative online platform in conjunction with people with intellectual disability (ID).

This education, delivered in an accessible easy-read manner, addresses two great difficulties people with ID experience in managing their own health. Firstly, due to greater health challenges compared to those of their non-disabled peers, health needs are often unmet, resulting in significant health disparities globally. Secondly, people with ID have high levels of communication difficulties, with one in three reporting difficulty when talking to their healthcare professionals. Therefore, the need for reasonable adjustment when developing any form of education is essential. This project will empower individuals with ID with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their own health.

The course is aimed at individuals with ID to learn more about keeping healthy. The initial module will be ‘going to the doctor’ which will provide the learner with experiences on how to prepare, what to expect and how to get the best out of the experience. We aim to build a downloadable tool that will help the individual prepare and use for the visit. The material will be delivered using reasonable adjustments via animation and easy read. Wise up to your bone health is also being covered in this call. In a way the course will capture a combination of teaching students how to talk to their doctor and how to live a healthier lifestyle. Our aim is to encourage learners to become informed consumers of health.

For more information, contact Eilish Burke on


– Empowering European Patients in Radiation Oncology

E-PRO is a project to enable European cancer patients and citizens to access available and understandable scientific knowledge about the use of radiation in the management of cancer, in their own language. The primary aims of E-PRO are to dispel the myths about the use of radiation in the therapeutic management of cancer and to empower patients to take part in decision-making about their cancer treatment and their after treatment care as well as actively taking part in the EIT Health innovation process.
E-PRO will be based on a MOOC that has already been developed in the lead partner institute as a pilot project in 2018 in the English language. The first iteration of this MOOC had 1500 participants from 111 countries worldwide but with EIT funding we can increase the participation of patients from Europe through its translation into Spanish, French and Russian, the latter selected as it is spoken conversationally in 7 EU countries.

For more information, contact Michelle Leech on


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