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Ears, Eyes and Mind: The ‘SENSE-Cog Project’ to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment

Objective

Mental, cognitive, vision and hearing health problems in elderly people are amongst the top 10 public health challenges in Europe. They frequently occur co-concurrently and have an additive negative effect on quality of life and mental well-being. To address this negative impact, and promote mental well-being, particularly from a gender and minority community perspective, SENSE-Cog's aim is to: (1) understand the inter-relationship of sensory impairments and cognitive and mental health functioning; (2) identify novel means of screening/detection for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes; and (3) translate this knowledge into clinical applications for the mental well-being of EU citizens. Methods: SENSE-Cog will use a ‘mixed methods’ approach with a trans-EU, UK-led, multidisciplinary collaboration of 7 EU countries with academics, SMEs, city government and ‘patient-public voice’ members. We will deliver linked Work Packages (WPs) reflecting 7 themes: (1) exploration: an epidemiological analysis of 5 large EU longitudinal databases to detect risk profiles for good and poor mental health outcomes; (2) assessment: the adaptation/validation of assessment tools for cognition and sensory impairment for vulnerable populations, including the development of a composite e-screen for sensory, cognitive and mental functioning; (3) intervention: a clinical trial of a newly developed ‘sensory support’ intervention; (4) participation: an EU ‘patient and public voice’ and innovative public engagement network to inform the WPs and communicate findings; (5) valuation: health economic and cost effectiveness analyses; & (6) management, governance/ethics. Impact: SENSE-Cog will promote earlier detection of sensory, cognitive and mental impairments to enable swift interventions, prevent deterioration and limit negative impacts.
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

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Oxford Road
M13 9pl Manchester

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 852 196,15

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EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 296 554,75

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 7 350,25

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 305 500

UNIVERSITE DE NICE SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 75 773,50

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX

France

EU Contribution

€ 826 273,50

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 100 375

UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 37 793,75

KATHOLISCHE HOCHSCHULE FREIBURG GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 247 325

Dementia Pal Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 24 000

IXICO TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 7 245,48

STARKEY LABORATORIES INC

United States

HORTECH GGMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 331 125

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 120 442,75

GABO:MI GESELLSCHAFT FUR ABLAUFORGANISATION:MILLIARIUM MBH & CO KG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 29 079,34

CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE DE NICE

France

EU Contribution

€ 335 156,25

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 191 125

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 358 325

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 316 129,53

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 79 821

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 668648

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 868 286,25

  • EU contribution

    € 6 541 591,25

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom