In a statement, Aarhus University's Prof. Preben Kidmose said, "Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are diseases that creep up over many years. In the project, we’re going to try to identify signs of the two diseases 10 to 15 years before the first problems begin to occur, and if we can, far better treatment options will be possible."
Currently, diagnosis of Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease often comes too late for effective treatment options. If the PANDA project is successful in detecting the disorders earlier, it could lead to more effective treatment options for patients, allowing them to live better and longer lives.
About the PANDA Project
Innovation Fund Denmark is providing DKK 15 million in funding for the PANDA Project, which has a total budget of DKK 26 million. The roles and responsibilities are divided as follows:
Rigshospitalet University is performing clinical tests and data collection.
T&W Engineering is responsible for integrating the different sensors into the ear-EEG device and developing the diagnostic support system that healthcare professionals use.
Furthermore, Aarhus University is responsible for creating the biomarker algorithms for the project.
The ear-EEG device can be used at home and over a longer period of time, allowing researchers to examine patients in their everyday lives and track changes in sleep patterns and treatment effects. This makes the technology a good screening tool that can be used at home, just like a blood pressure meter. In the long run, this could make it easier to diagnose patients with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease and provide far better treatment options than what is currently available.