AI-Mind is a 5-year, EU-funded Horizon 2020 project that brings together 15 partners from 8 countries, including academic institutions, medical centers, SMEs and patient associations. Starting in March 2021, AI-Mind will develop an Intelligent Diagnostics toolkit for brain connectivity screening and dementia risk estimation in people with MCI. The aim of AI-Mind is to enable clinicians to perform early population-based screening assessment of dementia risk.

More than 10 million Europeans show signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition intermediate between normal brain ageing and dementia. The evolution of MCI differs from person to person, but 50% progress to dementia within five years. Current practice lacks the necessary screening tools to identify those 50% at risk. The patient’s journey typically takes many years of inefficient clinical follow-ups before a conclusive diagnosis is finally reached. AI-Mind will radically shorten this journey to 1 week, through a digital solution that is able to provide a fast and accurate (>95%) prediction for the individual dementia risk.

The AI-Mind platform service, can be easily integrated into existing clinical practices and contains 2 new artificial-intelligence-based tools; The AI-Mind Connector identifies dysfunctional brain networks; The AI-Mind Predictor assesses dementia risk using data from the Connector, advanced cognitive tests, genetic biomarkers and important textual variables.

Tha aim is to set up a European clinical network that will upload patient data to the AI-Mind European cloud platform. The consortium comprises excellent researchers in neuroscience and computer science, from 5 clinical centres, who closely collaborate with 3 SMEs contributing unique technologies, an established data governance body-DNV GL, and Alzheimer Europe.

The AI-MIND project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 964220.

The project coordinator is Ira Haraldsen of Oslo University Hospital: