Dundalk IT to participate in €8.2m cross border collaborative research centre
Two research centres at Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) have been confirmed as contributing partners in ECME (Eastern Corridor Medical Engineering Centre), a new cross-border research centre for excellence in cardiovascular medicine.
By developing new models of care, smart wearable technologies and improved patient monitoring systems for older people with cardiac conditions, the EU-funded research centre aims to improve both clinical outcomes and patient experience.
Cardiovascular disease causes 30% of all deaths in Ireland and more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, which averages at a startling one death every 3 minutes.
ECME will see researchers from academia and industry collaborate with partners in the health and social care system to create better models of heart disease care and develop new medical grade wearable’s.
As part of the project, DkIT has been assigned five new PhD’s at its research centres NetwellCASALA and the Regulated Software Research Centre.RTesearch will focus on key areas of monitoring health and wellbeing at home using sensors and devices, digital feedback to support behaviour change, self-management, workforce development and connecting medical devices to IT networks.
Speaking today, Rodd Bond, Head of Netwell CASALA, commented:
“We are very excited to be part of this cross-border collaboration in the vital area of cardiac care. As we age chronic health conditions can lead to a massive decline not only in health but also in wellbeing.
"We are rapidly learning of just how transformative effective monitoring technology can be in supporting older people, particularly those with chronic health conditions, to feel empowered, to support their care network, to enhance their wellbeing and ultimately to help them live longer at home. This is a truly collaborative project which will create better models for cardiac care through research in monitoring technology with a view to moving chronic cardiac care out of the hospital and into the home”.
Dr Tim McCormac, Head of Research at DkIT added:
“DkIT has established itself as a global leader in the research areas of ICT, Health & Aging and its impact upon the Medtech Industry. Through ECME we are able to combine our knowledge and expertise in these areas to investigate more effective ways to treat and care for patients living with cardiovascular disease across the island of Ireland. We are look forward to working with partners North and South to deliver real impact for the region so as to underpin our research vision of delivering real societal and economic change”
The project launched this week and received €8.2M funding from the European Union’s INTERREG VA programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Led by Ulster University, the project is a cross border partnership between the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Cardiac Research Unit, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, University College Dublin and the University of the Highlands and Islands. It spans Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.