Together with a consortium of European researchers, neurologist and Radboudumc PI Bart van de Warrenburg and RIHS researcher Marjan Meinders have received a 2 million euro grant for research into rare neurological movement disorders: spastic ataxia. The grant is part of the European Joint Programme on Rare Diseases (EJP-RD). The Radboudumc is a recognized expert centre for rare and genetic movement disorders, including ataxia.
The PROSPAX consortium will develop new tools to track progression of these diseases, such as blood-based biomarkers, specific MRI measurements and wearable technology. The Radboudumc and Donders team will lead the work on wearables, and they will design algorithms that, based on data collected through smartphones and smartwatches, reliably track progression of disease. The ultimate aim is to develop an app that integrates the sensoring data and algorithms, and that can be used as a tool to monitor disease progression in future clinical trials.
The Expert centre for Parkinson & Movement disorders of the Radboudumc has a lot of experience with wearable technology research, and the team will now exploit this knowledge for ataxia.