Active ageing: DTU team supported by Stanford and sponsored by Nokia to carry out research on active ageing

Thursday 10 Aug 17
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A team formed by Post-doc François Patou and Professor Anja Maier from the Engineering Systems Division, together with Carrie Peterson, eHealth consultant at WHO, and with advisory from leading neuropsychologist Hysse Forchhammer, is now one of six finalists in the Stanford Medicine X / Withings Precision Research Challenge. The prestigious competition aims to explore how the use of pervasive home- and wearable technology can generate new medical knowledge and potentially support people suffering from a variety of chronic diseases.

The DTU team made it to the finals by proposing using the Nokia wearable products (previously Withings Inc.) to help better understand Mild Cognitive Impairment, a condition that can be a precursor to various forms of dementia. The team is now involved in the next-phase of the competition: the execution of a pilot clinical study in which more than 20 participants suspected of Mild Cognitive Impairment are currently included. 
Participants wear a trendy smartwatch and have a sleep tracker under their mattress. Patou, Maier and Peterson thus hope to understand better how sleep, physical activity and the evolution of cognitive function are associated. They intend to leverage these findings to design and implement new preventive strategies against cognitive decline. 
 
The results of this pilot study will help determine the 2 winning research teams, who will then be awarded with a full-study sponsored by Stanford and Nokia. The DTU team is therefore hoping to pursue their study over a duration of 2 years. For that they will need to stand-out of some of the most renowned world-leading medical centres. Results are expected to be announced early 2018. If the team wins, Patou and colleagues will present their study proposal and preliminary results at the Stanford Medicine X conference, which will be held in September in San Francisco.
 
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Mild Cognitive Impairment is a condition characterized by mild forgetfulness or other cognitive issues, including sudden change in personality, judgment, reasoning, or social interaction. 
This study is handled in accordance with the Danish data privacy rules (datatilsynet.dk) and clinical research ethics regulation. 

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