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Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies

Objective

The objective of the ATHLOS Project is to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing pathways or trajectories, the determinants of those patterns, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions to optimise healthy ageing. Moreover, a new definition of ‘old age’ based on many characteristics rather than just the classical chronological definition of age will be used for calculating projections in each specific population and guide policy recommendations.

To do so, the Consortium will create a harmonised dataset with over 341,000 individuals collated from existing longitudinal studies of ageing and including information on physical and mental health, biomarkers, life style habits, social environment and participation, among others. A single metric of healthy ageing using Item Response Theory (IRT) methods with individual items from the surveys will be used. Diverse statistical methods will be employed to define the trajectories (Generalised Estimating Equations, Structural Equation Modelling, Growth Curve Mixture Modelling, the TRAJ method and classification algorithms). Age Period Cohort will be used in the analysis to understand age cohort effects. Specific interventions both at the clinical and population level will be designed based on project’s results and will be disseminated. Additionally, the impact of those interventions on healthy ageing will be assessed with the micro-simulation method. Stakeholders will participate in the definition of outcomes, the creation of interventions and dissemination of results.

ATHLOS will make available to scientists and stakeholders its resources by providing access to the methodology of harmonisation and to the mega-data set of ageing cohorts. To maximise the policy impact, target audiences will be indentified and specific materials disseminated.

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

PARC SANITARI SANT JOAN DE DEU
Address
Calle Doctor Antoni Pujadas 42
08830 Sant Boi De Llobregat
Spain
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 1 915 502,91

Participants (13)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 810 346,11
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 789 975,15
Address
Strand
WC2R 2LS London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 581 875
Address
Calle Einstein 3 Ciudad Univ Cantoblanco Rectorado
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SPRING TECHNO GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 323 593,75
Address
Hermann Kohlstrasse 7
28199 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 364 631,45
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 245 180,21
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Schweizer Paraplegiker-Forschung AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4
6207 Nottwil
Activity type
Research Organisations
TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS
Finland
EU contribution
€ 191 091,45
Address
Mannerheimintie 166
00271 Helsinki
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDAZIONE IRCCS ISTITUTO NEUROLOGICO CARLO BESTA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 287,50
Address
Via Giovanni Celoria 11
20133 Milano
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 141 450
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGE PLATFORM EUROPE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 138 720,39
Address
Avenue De Tervuren 168
1150 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 27 313,58
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CHAROKOPEIO PANEPISTIMIO
Greece
EU contribution
€ 223 867,50
Address
Eleftheriou Venizelou 70
17671 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments