For the second time the Dept of Psychiatry location VUmc (PI Prof. Rose-Marie Dröes, Dr. Franka Meiland) succeeded in getting granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded Innovative Training Network. While the INDUCT-ITN is still ungoing (2016-2020) the new 3.998kEuro DISTINCT-ITN (Dementia Intersectorial Strategy for Training and Innovation Network for Current Technology) had its kick-off on 13 May in London.
The overarching research goal of the DISTINCT project, which is coordinated by the University of Nottingham, is to improve the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues in relation to social health. A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers will be hosted in seven European countries across the network (B,CZ,ES, GE,IRL,NL,UK). At VUmc two PhDs will be appointed for the FindMyApps project for people with MCI and mild dementia and the Photographic treatment project for people with advanced dementia respectively. The projects will be carried out in collaboration with two Universities of Applied Sciences, Saxion in Deventer and Inholland in Amsterdam, and will be conducted in different regions of the Netherlands.