INDUCT, the Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Utilising Current Technology, is aimed at developing a multi-disciplinary, inter-sectorial educational research framework for Europe to improve technology and care for people with dementia, and to provide the evidence to show how technology can improve the lives of people with dementia.
At the department of psychiatry, Joeke van Santen is involved as PhD student for the project Exergaming in Dementia. Floriana Magiaracina is PhD student for the project FindMyApps, using the iPad for self-management and health promotion activities, and social inclusion. They are supervised by prof. Rose-Marie Dröes and Franka Meiland.
The overarching research goal of the INDUCT project is to improve of the usability of technology in dementia care by evaluating its effectiveness and implementation issues. A total of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be hosted across the network and will work in research, a network-wide training program, public engagement activities and collaboration with network partners through short-term secondments in European industrial/academic partner laboratories.
The academic and non-academic partners within INDUCT are closely involved with INTERDEM, a well-established, interdisciplinary European collaborative research network of 130 leading academics and researchers in 20 European countries with an aim to improve early detection and timely psychosocial intervention in dementia.