March 2007

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An e-healthy gift to USA's ageing population

Getting a head-start on assessment and intervention for age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and injuries from falls is the goal of the collaboration between Intel Corporation and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).

Intel, a global leader in silicon innovation, has given a research grant of $1 million, renewable up to three years, which will enable researchers to focus on improving the quality of life of the USA's ageing population by developing behavioural marker technologies that help to sense changes in behaviour and, in doing so, provide earlier detection and more effective and personalized treatment.

Over the years, Intel has provided OHSU with grants to support the development of this unique research. However, with the rapidly growing challenge of ageing, Intel has decided to increase the attention and investment through research partnership with OHSU. From the development of hardware, such as gait and speech sensors, to that of software designed to aggregate data and create coaching tools, this funding may lead to research results that may translate into new products and services, supporting healthy and independent ageing.

Intel has created the Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Commons (BAIC), a unique US-based academic-industrial collaboration that constructs a research commons

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