PredictND completes baseline data collection for early detection of neurodegenerative diseases


Neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) are hard to diagnose and many of them are known to progress years or decades before the symptoms appear. When first memory problems are apparent, there is no single test which would immediately give conclusive information to make the correct diagnosis. Instead, several tests need to be done to collect possible indicators of the actual cause and to rule out other reasons behind the symptoms.

The research project “From Patient Data to Clinical Diagnosis in Neurodegenerative Diseases” (PredictND) finished its baseline data collection in June 2016. The collected data consists of ca 800 suspected neurodegenerative disease cases from four memory clinics. The data collected are used for development and validation of clinical decision support methods for differential diagnostics. With about 350 cases (of the 800) data were also collected for finding low-cost indicators of neurodegenerative diseases at the pre-symptomatic phase. The collected prospective data allows scientific research for improvements in early detection of the diseases. The PredictND project will continue until January 2018 and will also collect follow-up data with the same volunteers.

The PredictND project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration. The project team consists of nine European institutes: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. (Finland, co-ordinator), GE Healthcare Ltd (UK), Imperial College London (UK), University of Eastern Finland (Finland), Rigshospitalet/Region Hovestaden (Denmark), VUmc (The Netherlands), University of Perugia (Italy), Alzheimer Europe (Luxembourg), and Combinostics Ltd (Finland).

1/31/18Final team and management board meeting in Finnish Lapland
10/4/17PredictND workshop in Berlin
3/14/17Reviewers rate PredictND progress as excellent
3/6/17PredictND management and project team meeting held in Copenhagen
12/7/16EU Project PredictND held a general assembly meeting in London
9/20/16PredictND completes baseline data collection for early detection of neurodegenerative diseases
8/22/16Two talks at AAIC 2016 in July 23-28
2/15/16PredictND team and management board meeting 5, Kuopio, Finland
1/11/16PredictND's diagnostic tool features on Dutch radio
10/1/15PredictND team and management board meeting 4, Perugia, Italy

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