Research

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Active and Healthy Ageing

  • Holobalance (Horizon 2020)

    In HOLOBALANCE we are developing and validating a new personalized hologram coaching platform for virtual coaching, motivation and empowerment of the ageing population with balance disorders.

    Project website: https://holobalance.eu/

  • eWALL (FP7) *completed*

    The eWALL is an affordable, easy to install and ready to use telemedicine system, which contains a wide range of technologies that can help elderly people age more actively and healthily in all important aspects.

    Project website: http://cloudcare2u.com

  • PERSSILAA (FP7) *completed*

    In PERSSILAA various e-health care modules are developed aimed at nutrition as well as physical and cognitive functioning to screen for and prevent frailty among the elderly.

    In PERSSILAA, a multidisciplinary and international consortium developed, implemented and evaluated a novel service model to screen for and prevent frailty among community-dwelling older adults. Older adults were given tools to screen, monitor and train their health, in a multi-domain approach focused on the domains of nutrition, cognitive and physical functioning. My main responsibility consisted on the selection, implementation and evaluation of a set of monitoring tools to monitor everyday functioning and detection of changes over time. That was made possible by a set of unobtrusive and ambulant monitoring tools, easily integrated in one’s daily routine. The service model was designed to meet the healthcare services, needs and technology affinity of communities in Italy and the Netherlands by participatory design including all relevant stakeholders. During the project the PERSSILAA service model was implemented in Italy (Campania) and the Netherlands (Overijssel), counting for an involvement of more than 7.000 older adults. In general, in the Netherlands the older population that was more familiar with technology started using the web-platform immediately. Contrarily, in Italy, the project had to accommodate extra tasks to make older adults acquainted with technology to ensure their proper use of the tools and keep people engaged in the health promotion.

Chronic Care & Rehabilitation

  • Back-Up (Horizon 2020)

    The Back-UP project (Horizon 2020) aims to create a prognostic model to support more effective and efficient management of neck and low back pain, based on digital representation of multidimensional clinical information, and automatic assessments of possible interventions.

    Project website: http://backup-project.eu/

  • RE-PLAY

    Building on the results of the AIRplay project, we are developing a gamified environment to motivate physical activity among children with Developmental Coordination Disorder enrolled in a rehabilitation program.

  • VIREP: Virtual Reality for Pain Therapy (EUREGIO)

    In VIREP we are developing and evaluating a virtual reality training environment to support the rehabilitation of people with chronic pain.

     

  • AIRplay *completed*

    Mobile gaming environment to support self-management of asthma among children aged 7 to 12

    In AIRplay, we are creating stimulating environments that stimulate physical activity among children with asthma. An interactive playground simulating generally known games is installed in a community setting (think of schools or community centers) to engage children in physical activity. Additionally, a user friendly sensor is given to each child as well as a mobile application, where children can see how well they are in the progress to their daily goal and also in comparison with the other children in the group. The daily physical activity goal is personal, set on the basis of the initial physical activity level of each child, to guarantee that the goal it is challenging, but achievable.