New European action to promote healthy and active ageing

Published on 08/05/2015

DynaHEALTH: New European action to promote healthy and active ageing through reducing the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and promoting social functioning and workability.

Led by the Centre for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems Medicine at the University of Oulu in Finland, this four-year project has been awarded funding from the European Commission’s research and development programme, “Horizon 2020”. Addressing the specific need for “personalised healthcare”, the action aims to develop a dynamic life course model characterising the combined pathological effects of glucose metabolism and psychosocial stress which impact on the health and working ability of individuals as they age.

This ambitious action includes 13 partners from across Europe built upon a multidisciplinary team made up of experts from both academia and industry. The DynaHEALTH action will capitalise on a number of existing studies harnessing the health, biological and social resource of 1.5 million Europeans, and addresses a big challenge faced by Europe as the population ages, and the prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes increases.

Project coordinator Professor Marjo-Riitta Järvelin said “The economic and societal costs of obesity and type 2 diabetes rise steeply with age and have a huge bearing on healthcare costs. We are therefore delighted that funding has been awarded and are excited at the prospect of developing research and delivering results that will make a positive contribution to society.”

DynaHEALTH is a four year action with a total grant of €5.9 million from Horizon 2020. Work started on the 1st May 2015 and a comprehensive website, explaining in detail the project objectives and how to get involved, will be launched in September 2015.

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