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Industrial Academic Initial Training Network towards specific diagnosis and treatment of age-related gait and balance deficits

Objective

Balance and gait deficits are ubiquitous among the older population, and lead to enormous personal, occupational and health care burden. Emerging pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to date have only small to moderate effects on these deficits. This is likely due to remaining fundamental questions on underlying mechanisms and treatment. The present project Keep Control consists of a rare EU-wide combination of experts from clinical, biomechanic and neuroscience research, along with experts from the industry, who all aim at gaining a better understanding and treatment of balance and gait deficits in older adults. We aim to scrutinize aspects such as: (1) comparability of balance and gait assessment in the clinic and the home environment, (2) gait and balance deficits as prodromal markers of neurodegeneration, and as markers to differentiate between Parkinsonian syndromes, (3) association between freezing of gait and balance, and (iv) gait and balance deficits in patients with sarcopenia. Tools such as sophisticated lab-based gait and balance assessment devices, perturbation treadmill, wearable devices, electrophysiology and blood and tissue investigations will be implemented. We will further employ promising therapeutic strategies for specific gait and balance deficits in older adults, including both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies. An entire work package will be dedicated to a novel harmonization and integration approach across the whole network: It will (i) harmonize assessment protocols based on the WHO definition of health and disability, to pave the way for an exhaustive meta-analysis of all data collected, and (ii) foster the active involvement of all study participants by implementation of a participant-controlled medical record. In summary, Keep control will cover the entire range of expertise necessary and utilize cutting edge technology to educate fellows in the area of gait and balance deficits in older adults.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet/internet of things
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology/neuroscience

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 436 128,84

Participants (11)

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 250 560
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 238 356,36
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACADEMISCH ZIEKENHUIS GRONINGEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRE HOSPITALIER REGIONAL ET UNIVERSITAIRE DE LILLE
France
EU contribution
€ 262 875,60
Address
Avenue Oscar Lambret 2
59037 Lille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MOTEK MEDICAL B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Keienbergweg 77
1101GE Amsterdam Zuidoost
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GAIT UP SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 265 226,76
Address
Epfl Innovation Park Batiment C
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HASOMED HARD-UND SOFTWARE FUER MEDIZIN GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Paul Ecke Strasse 1
39114 Magdeburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PATIENTS KNOW BEST LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 68 321,97
Address
St John's Innovation Centre, Cowley Road
CB4 0WS Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)