ENJECT London 2017 Training School Recap

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ENJECT Training School: Making an Impact with Connected Health Research

This short, intensive course took place at King’s College London Strand Campus in the heart of London from the 11th through the 13th of September 2017 and focused on the interdisciplinary impact of Connected Health in three key arenas:

  1. Scientific Impact: the challenges, opportunities and venues for inter-disciplinary publishing.
  2. Commercial Impact: Industrial collaborations and translating research outputs into the commercial world
  3. Societal impact: Policy, clinical practice and patient engagement

The course targeted at students engaged in a PhD programme or postdoctoral research in a health-related context and accepted 17 fully-funded grant applicants from Finland, Spain, France, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Portugal, Denmark, Ireland, and the UK.

The course was organised by the ENJECT Cost Action and was hosted by the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine at King’s College London.

Teaching methods used in this particular Training School include:

  • Interdisciplinary workshops facilitated by senior researchers
  • Invited talks from impact stakeholders
  • Social events to facilitate interdisciplinary networking

Trainers included:

  • Dr. Vasa Curcin, Lecturer in Health Informatics at KCL and visiting Lecturer in the Department of  Primary Care and Public Health at Imperial College London)
  • Prof Brian Caulfield, Dean of Physiotherapy at University College Dublin, one of six Insight directors, and lead investigator with the Connected Health Technology Centre ARCH)
  • Dr. Derick Mitchell, Chief Executive of IPPOSI
  • Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque, e-Health Researcher at QCRI and co-founder and scientific adviser at Salumedia
  • Dr. Jan Kool, Head of Research at the Valens Rehablitation Centre in Switzerland
  • Dr. Cailbhe Doherty, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, University College Dublin

The students also enjoyed a visit to the London Digital Catapult where they met with leaders from Cera, HealthUnlocked, Diagnostics.AI, and PxHealthcare/OWise Breast Cancer.



Posted by Enject Editor on 13th August 2016

A recap of “The Learning Health System” 2015

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The December 2015 ENJECT Training School, focusing on The Learning Health System, featured a series of lectures including:

  • an Introduction to Connected Health by  Professor Brian Caulfield, (Chair) ENJECT and UCD Connected Health;
  • an overview of Connected Health Projects in the North of England by Professor John Ainsworth, University of Manchester, UK; 
  • Health Data Mining by Professor Tahar Kechadi, Insight Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland;
  • The Learning Health System by Dr. Vasa Curcin, Kings College London, UK; 
  • Knowledge Modeling for Diagnostic Support by Mr Derek Corrigan, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and
  • Software Engineering for Connected Health by Dr. Noel Carroll, ARCH and University of Limerick, Ireland.

The Training School took place over three days at UCD and targeted students who are engaged in a PhD programme or in postdoctoral research in a health-related context. Students from other scientific disciplines were also invited to attend.

Individual and group exercises, as well as hands-on workshops with patients and patient representative organisations focusing on the challenge of problem identification, gave students practical experience in two key areas that are crucial to good Connected Health research- routine translation of data into knowledge (the Learning Health System) and methodological perspectives (working with patient populations).

Posted by Enject Editor on 11th November 2015

Travel Grants for Connected Health Research

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COST Action TD 1405 Enject invites researchers from participating COST Countries to submit applications for the 2nd call for Short-Term Scientific Missions(STSM) Applications for missions occurring between 1st May 2016 and 31st January 2017.

Purpose of a STSM

STSMs are aimed at strengthening existing networks and fostering collaborations by allowing Researchers participating in a given COST Action to visit an Institution / Organisation in another Participating COST country / an approved NNC institution or an approved IPC institution . A STSM should specifically contribute to the scientific objectives of the COST Action , whilst at the same time allowing those partaking in the missions to learn new techniques , gain access to specific data, instruments and / or methods not available in their own institutions / organisations.

Please see the full call for STSM applications here: STSM CALL 2 Enject.  There are a number of pre-defined STSM opportunities available where host and project have already been identified and we are seeking interested researchers – see the list STSM-HOSTS Feb16.

Deadline for applications to be submitted: 1st March 2016

Notification of application outcome: 11th March 2016

Period of STSM : 1st May 2016  and 31st January 2017.

All STSM activities must occur in their entirety within the period specified above.

Please note that the application page has been integrated in e-COST allowing the future STSM applicants to create a complete e-COST profile at the same time as their STSM application. This will help the applicants to download their Grant Notification Letter as soon as the application is approved.

STSM applications can now be made by clicking on the following link www.cost.eu/STSM or by logging in e-COST and clicking on “STSM Application” on the menu available on the left.

If you have any questions relating to an STSM application please feel free to contact STSM co-ordinator, Kristina Drusany Staric (drusany@yahoo.com) or enject@ucd.ie.

Posted by Enject Editor on 22nd October 2015

Europe’s first networked Connected Health PhD training programme wins €3.9m

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400w-CHESS-logo-with-text18 partner organisations from 8 European countries including universities, companies and healthcare providers have come together to redesign researcher education for connected health.  6 of the 8 core funded partners are members of the ENJECT cost action.

CHESS (the Connected Health Early Stage Researcher Support System) has been funded to the tune of €3.9 million Euro under the Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme.   CHESS will develop connected health scientists and champions who understand multiple domains, can communicate in an interdisciplinary world and can operate across the education, industry, health and policy sectors.  It will include intersectoral secondments, interdisciplinary communication skills, public engagement and outreach with particular focus on patient, clinician and policy-maker audiences.

While developing and supporting these emerging connected health scientists and champions, CHESS will also deliver a comprehensive research programme that seeks to fill some of the key gaps in Connected Health research to-date.

Connected Health combines state-of-the-art technologies, tools, methodologies, and analytics to create a new health management model by connecting people and actionable information in a health care system that gathers, links, interprets, and consolidates information from various sources Faster, more accurate communication between GPs, hospitals, allied healthcare, and other stakeholders means that clinicians can make contextual decisions and communicate health and treatment options to patients. CH creates an environment where patients are treated in the best location by the best practitioner using the most relevant and efficient methods saving money and lives while ensuring a better quality of life during and post-treatment.

CHESS lead principal investigator, Professor Brian Caulfield, University College Dublin, Ireland, outlines the need for CHESS:

“Despite a clear need articulated repeatedly at national and international levels and the evident promise of CH solutions, implementation of end-to-end CH solutions in everyday management of health is not widespread across Europe.  CHESS will work to better understand and address some of these challenges through 15 networked research projects.”


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 19th August 2015

Connected Health defined at ENJECT Porto workshop

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400w-porto-workshopResearchers from across Europe came together in INESC, Campus da FEUP, Porto on the 9th of March to agree on the definition of Connected Health.

In a one day workshop, academics, clinicians, industry and policy representatives took a multi-disciplinary approach to the challenge of defining what is, in effect is a utopian vision that consists of many building blocks.

The agreed scope statement was for the ENJECT network resulting from the workshop read as follows:

“Connected Health is a paradigm shift looking after the individual and community health in a process that speaks to the health journey of the person through the entire lifespan leveraging a variety of technologies to do so.”

The next steps for ENJECT were agreed and include the drafting of a survey document and completion of the document by ENJECT representatives for their respective countries.  The network will also produce a white paper that describes the problem, the vision, and the requirements.


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 18th August 2015

ENJECT hosts workshop at ICT Innovations Conference, F.Y.R Macedonia

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400w-Prof-Brian-CaulfieldThe special conference topic this year is “Emerging technologies for better living”. Advances in technology are making tremendous impact on all of our lives. New technologies and science have transformed the working and the living environments making them safer, more convenient, and more connected.

They can provide direct or indirect improvements in the quality of life for people in their homes, can contribute to improve the autonomy of many people with disability or in situation of dependency, can reduce the financial burden on the budgets, etc. Therefore, this conference aims to bring, for academics as well as industrial practitioners, an overview of the emerging technologies, systems, applications, and standardization activities for better living, and identify their opportunities and challenges.

The conference will include a one day workshop on Connected Health co-ordinated by the ENJECT Cost network and will feature a keynote address by the Chair of the ENJECT network, Professor Brian Caulfield.  Prof Caulfield will present the baseline results of the ENJECT European Connected Health readiness survey.


Posted by enjAdmin01 on 17th August 2015


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