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LETHE project holds virtual kick-off meeting

Monday 25 January 2021

On 25 and 26 January, the LETHE project held its official kick-off meeting. LETHE (A personalized prediction and intervention model for early detection and reduction of risk factors causing dementia, based on AI and distributed Machine Learning) is a four-year project funded under the Horizon 2020 research programme. It is aiming to provide a data-driven risk factor prediction model for older individuals at risk of cognitive decline building upon big data analysis of cross-sectional observational and longitudinal intervention datasets from 4 clinical centres in Europe including the 11- years analysis of the FINGER study. 

LETHE is set out to establish novel digital biomarkers, for early detection of risk factors, based on unobtrusive ICT-based passive and active monitoring. The aim is to establish a digital-enabled intervention for cognitive decline prevention based on the evolution of a successful protocol (FINGER) evolving into an ICT based preventive lifestyle intervention through individualized profiling, personalized recommendations, feedback and support (FINGER 2.0), well targeted on a population stratified by cost-effective biological biomarkers. The LETHE solution will be tested in a feasibility study validating the achieved improvements.

The kick-off meeting was chaired by Project Coordinator Hanke Sten from Johanneum Research limited company and provided partners with the opportunity to introduce their organisations and involvement in the project as well as opportunities for cross work package collaboration.

Ana Diaz from Alzheimer Europe presented on Alzheimer Europe’s main involvements, namely:

  • Leading on the set up of a Patient Advisory Board which will be composed of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease across the continuum.
  • Leading on the communication to the dementia community leveraging on Alzheimer Europe’s extensive communication channels and the organisation of a symposium at an Alzheimer Europe conference. Furthermore, Alzheimer Europe will contribute to the overall communication, dissemination and exploitation of results.

The meeting concluded with a General Assembly during which one representative from each partner institution shared their thoughts about the meeting and possible challenges with regard to the project.

The LETHE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No  101017405.