The DementiA Research Enabled by IT (VPH‑DARE@IT) project responds to the European Parliament’s 2011 resolution for a European Initiative on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and the EU Year of the Brain 2014 Initiative.
The number of individuals suffering from dementia today is roughly 36 million and, due to ageing societies, will increase to 115 million by 2050.
The annual costs are estimated to be €55B in Europe and €450B worldwide (1% of the World Gross Domestic Product).
In 2012, the WHO declared dementia a global health priority, highlighting the urgent need for improvements in this area.
VPH-DARE@IT will deliver the first patient-specific predictive models for early differential diagnosis of dementias and their evolution.
This goal will be achieved through the following objectives:
- Deliver a systematic, multi-factorial and multi-scale modelling approach to understanding dementia
- Explore the lifestyle and environmental factors that predispose individuals to the development of dementia
- Deliver more objective and accurate differential diagnoses than those currently available in Europe
- Shorten the current average time-lapse between the onset of cognitive and memory deficits and its specific clinical diagnosis
VPH-DARE@IT concept in a nutshell: combining the appropriate modelling paradigm
and accounting for environmental and lifestyle factors at each level.