Safe sports for athletes and spectators during the COVID-19 pandemic

This multidisciplinary PPP focuses on the reduction of the SARS-CoV-2 transmission risk for athletes and spectators in semi-indoor and indoor sports venues, with emphasis on football stadiums, indoor halls and fitness centers. Crowd control, air cleaning and face masks are considered, either separately or combined, in five practical case studies.

Better Sleep

The knowledge is missing that is essential for cost-effective roll-out of personalised treatment of insomnia. This project solves the bottleneck by creating a research platform for combined online behavioural change intervention and long-term monitoring of sleep, traits and health. A growing database will allow for optimised sleep interventions tailor to personalised needs, capacities, limitations and estimated benefits.

Food supplements to boost brain function – mind your blood vessels

This project aims to unravel mechanisms underlying beneficial effects of a novel food supplement on cognitive performance. This may contribute to the prevention of cognitive impairment and ultimately dementia. Focus will be on adults with an emerging pre-mild cognitive impairment condition who will benefit most from evidence-based intervention and prevention strategies.

Markers that predict risks for developing chronic respiratory disease after COVID-19

Ex-COVID-19 patients will undergo medical tests and biological samples will be analysed to increase the understanding of who is at risk for chronic disease. The influence of environmental factors and of a lifestyle intervention will be analysed, and lab research will contribute to better mechanistic insights providing leads for interventions.

GaReC: Gait Rehabilitation Clinical (GaReC) decision tool

Orthotics, like orthopaedic shoes or orthoses, are commonly prescribed to further improve balance and gait in these patients. To optimise the process of prescription and evaluation of orthotics, it is important to analyse the functional disorders objectively. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to optimise the orthotic design process by developing a decision tool for orthotics, which is called the GaReC.