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Atlantic Fellows Awarded Horizon 2020 Grant to Study Complex Brain Disorders

Four Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health, Elissaios Karageorgiou (Neurological Institute of Athens [NIA], Greece), Emily Adrion (University of Edinburgh, UK), Ophir Keret (Rabin Medical Center, Israel), Konstantina Sykara (NIA, Greece), along with collaborator Juan Fortea (Sant Pau Memory Unit, Spain) were awarded a Horizon 2020 grant of €5.6 million to develop an interdisciplinary project focused on the assessment and management of complex brain disorders.

“We are excited and grateful to have the opportunity to realize our project in the next three years towards our mission of promoting equity in brain health,” said Karageorgiou, a behavioral and sleep neurologist at the NIA and scientific manager of the project. 

The Multidisciplinary Expert System for the Assessment & Management of Complex Brain Disorders (MES-CoBraD) will combine real-world data with comprehensive, cost-efficient, and fast protocols to improve diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic outcomes of complex brain disorders such as dementia, sleep disorders, and epilepsy. 

The initiative brings together experts in medicine, engineering, computer science, social health science, law, marketing and communication from across Europe and Israel. It combines clinical information and scientific research with technical innovation, with a focus on improving the quality of life of patients, caregivers, and society at large. 

“I can’t stress enough how critical it was to have Atlantic Fellows on the team, some of whom have never met in person, but can build relationships of trust because we share the same values.” said Karageorgiou.  “It is a testament to the opportunities the Atlantic Fellows program provides to its fellows.” 

MES-CoBraD will use real-world data from diverse populations across cultural, socioeconomic, educational, and health system backgrounds, with special attention on vulnerable populations. The project also involves additional partners from Greece, the UK, Sweden, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania.
 
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation program ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020). Read more.

Map of Europe and Israel, along with faces of collaborators in their respective locations: Elissaios and Konstantina in Greece, Ophir in Israel, Emily in UK, and Juan in Spain.