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UK University awarded 2.1 million euros to develop technology to monitor how to walk

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Researchers at the University of in the UK have been awarded a whopping 2.1 million euros to help develop a technology to monitor how well people walk, a vital sign of health and wellbeing.

The project, which also includes researchers from Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, involves developing a system that uses small sensors worn on the body so that people's walk can be easily monitored and assessed by doctors and health professionals.

Funded by the European Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking - a public-private partnership that funds health research and innovation - the research is part of a pioneering European project named MOBILISE-D, which aims to revolutionise assessment of mobility loss using This could lead to enhanced clinical trials and better

MOBILISE-D marks a fantastic opportunity for the University of and to contribute to a in and personalised healthcare, with a local focus on said.

It is the product of a long-standing multidisciplinary collaboration between researchers at the for in silico Medicine and the NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, he added.

Mazz, a in Biomechanics at the of Mechanical Engineering, would lead the development of the

He also leads the silico medicine research for the for Health Research (NIHR)

Co-investigators in the project are and Dr from the

The project will enable clinicians and scientists from academic centres across to collaborate with companies from the (EFPIA). The goal is to develop, validate, and ensure regulation of better mobility outcomes.

The project includes 34 international research partners based at leading international universities and some of the world's largest companies.

Mobility how well someone walks is considered the sixth vital sign of health. This is because poor gait, especially walking slowly, is associated with earlier death, greater risk of disease, cognitive decline, and an increased risk of falls.

In the EU, people over the age of 65 make up more than 19 per cent of the population, a figure projected to rise significantly. Increasing life expectancy, coupled with the number of people living with chronic health conditions, means that more people are coping with mobility loss.

Better treatment of impaired mobility resulting from ageing and is one of the 21st century's greatest challenges facing patients, society, governments, and science.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 14:10 IST