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Research and Innovation for prevention of cognitive decline: the kick-off meeting of LETHE project

Mar 22, 2021

The two-day kick-off meeting of LETHE project ended on the afternoon of January 26th. A real digital event, "crowded" and participatory, characterized by the presentation of each partner team and their project areas.

Funded by the Horizon 2020 R&I Framework Program, LETHE project started on January 2021, has a duration of 4 years and is coordinated by the Austrian University of Applied Sciences, FH JOANNEUM.

The roots of LETHE project are deep and based on the result of research, studies and clinical data collected over the past 10 years. Memento, PredictND and the FINGER Study (Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability) are among the past projects and studies whose knowledge have become an integral part of LETHE project over time. 15 partners from 9 European countries set sail together to navigate the waters of the Lethe River.

FORTH will contribute to the development of the project by covering the role of the design, development and integration of the Lethe AI-based personalized risk prediction tool.

The beating heart of the project? The brain. In fact, the choice of the name isn’t just a coincidence: Lethe, is the river of Oblivion. From Greek mythology this river takes on a symbolic value, namely the importance of memory for the human being. Memory is understood as the wealth and wisdom of the past. But also, memory is connected to the concept of forgetfulness. And this is the link between Lethe and studies to contrast the onset of symptoms of cognitive decline. Prevention therefore, plays a fundamental role for the project.

Thanks to the heritage of the FINGER study, now widespread worldwide, it has been possible to demonstrate that prevention of cognitive decline in individuals at risk, by intervening on various aspects of lifestyle, is an effective health strategy. LETHE project sets out to evolve the results of this impressive clinical study into a digital model - FINGER 2.0 - based on the Internet of things, Mobile, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technologies. The strategies for the prevention of cognitive decline will therefore be directed towards technological horizons usable and accessible to the Ageing European population.

Participants:

FH JOANNEUM – University of Applied Science

Medical University of Vienna

University of Perugia

Karolinska Institutet

Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Alzheimer Europe

Forth

Maastricht University

KAASA

i2Grow

Stichting EGI

Extra Red s.r.l

Infotrend Innovations Co Ltd

Combinostics

Lisbon Council

 

The two-day kick-off meeting of LETHE project ended on the afternoon of January 26th. A real digital event, "crowded" and participatory, characterized by the presentation of each partner team and their project areas.

 

For any further informations, please wirte us at: info@lethe-project.eu