Pattern-Cog stands for “Personalised ageing pattern for early risk detection and prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in cognitively healthy individuals”. Funded by ERA PerMed, the project aims to improve dementia prevention strategies by developing and validating a machine learning-based personalized medicine framework for detecting the earliest signs of impending cognitive decline, enabling early and personalised multi-domain interventions.

Findings from multi-domain lifestyle trials have emphasized that intervention effectiveness may be dependent on a methodology that does not yet exist, i.e., the accurate identification of at-risk individuals who are most likely to benefit. Pattern-Cog will address this methodological gap by:

(1) developing methods for predicting future cognitive decline based on clinical data and distinguishing between healthy individuals at higher risk for mild cognitive impairment and dementia and those who remain healthy; and

(2) testing the methodology in ongoing dementia prevention trials. Instead of a standard machine learning approach, we propose an innovative concept of personalised aging pattern rooted in data from healthy individuals.

This project was supported through the following funding organisations: Finland, Academy of Finland (AKA); Germany, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF); Germany, Federal Ministry of Health (BMG); Luxembourg, National Research Fund (FNR); Spain, National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII); Sweden, Swedish Research Council (SRC); under the frame of ERA PerMed.

Representatives of Alzheimer Europe involved in the project:

Cindy leads Alzheimer Europe's involvement in Pattern-Cog.
Soraya participates in the Public Involvement work of the project.