VCARE project lab tests at a start

The VCARE technical lab tests have just begun in Valencia, Wien and Karlsruhe pilot sites. This project, funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework, aims to create a link between rehabilitation care in hospitals and discharge at home, promoting a seamless, customized and engaging healthcare solution, that enhances the quality of life of neurological and cardiological patients (affected by Stroke, Parkinson Disease, Heart Failure and Ischemic Heart Attack) while handling risk management. This first technical stage, held in cutting-edge labs, will be followed by the living lab stage, to be carried out at Casa Di Cura Privata Del Policlinico and involving a group of patients in a controlled environment, to test the running of the Rehabilitation Virtual Coach.

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The vCARE project in the context of the continuity of care


PROCare4Life “Personalised Integrated Care Promoting Quality of Life for Older People”

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico has recently been selected for funding, through the European Commission “Horizon 2020” Research & Innovation programme, to realize an exciting and ambitious research project called “PROCare4Life”, which stands for “Personalised Integrated Care Promoting Quality of Life for Older People” (

This project proposes a flexible, scalable and interactive platform mainly addressed to patients affected by neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s dementias, or other chronic diseases. The purpose is to improve the quality of life of all users involved in the care delivery system, from patients to their caregivers and socio-health professionals. This objective will be achieved thanks to the use of innovative technologies, including low-cost sensors to monitor symptoms associated to neurodegenerative diseases, and artificial intelligence methods for physical and mental condition analysis, in order to facilitate a highly customized decision-making process for healthcare professionals. By monitoring patients through wearable, non-invasive sensors, PROCare4Life will learn their habits and detect the symptoms relevant to the main disease. This sensory information will be correlated with the medical and social profile of the user and, based on this data, the therapist will provide notifications and recommendations to improve patient’s health condition.

CCPP is one of the 14 partners from 6 EU countries involved in the project. The other members of the consortium are: Kineticos Lisbon (the coordinator), Parkinson Madrid Association, Universidad Politenica De Madrid, Universiteit Maastricht, University of Westfalia in Muenster, some big IT companies (ATOS Spain and SIVECO Romania) and other clinical centers which will host the pilot action (Portugal, Germany and Romania)

To conclude, the pillars of the PROCare4Life project are: scalability of a socio-healthcare platform, personalization and customization of the adopted models, reliability and security of data access and large-scale validation and testing. It represents a great opportunity to test the use of technology in a wide frame and to enable a multi-disciplinary communication between all involved stakeholders.

The project has been kicked off in January 2020 and will span over a three-year period.


vCare spots a gap: New opportunities for virtual coaches on patient rehabilitation

Led by Peppino Tropea of Milan’s Casa Cura Policlinico, members of the vCare team have mapped recent literature on the use of virtual coaching use in medical care. Their scoping review was on innovative practices.

Given the rapid increase in focus on artificial intelligence and data analytics, virtual coaches are now coming to the fore.

The available literature shows how virtual coaches are being used to engage and guide patients in their ongoing plan of care.

The materials available in three publishing databases, Embase, PubMed, and Scopus, were assessed: at the starting-point, they were almost 400 in number. The result was an overview of close to 50 publications. The focus was on studies with a medical or a clinical orientation.

Chief among the uses of virtual coaches were: managing weight and nutrition, and managing or self-managing chronic conditions like heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depression, and chronic pain. Encouraging physical activity is a main theme among today’s virtual coaches.

The range of virtual coaches covered “embodied conversational agents”/avatars, electronic coaching programs, smart devices, and support through apps.

With patients, virtual coaches can be used for many more purposes in the medical and clinical fields than they are today.

vCare hopes its insights into the opportunities that this gap offers “may inspire new ideas for future work [..] on virtual coaching.” Rehabilitation, in particular, the authors say, is “the great absentee”, the obvious missing link.

In total, a dozen authors from five institutions in Denmark, Italy, Germany, Romania, and Spain worked to produce this report. They come from a wide range of disciplines in medically-oriented universities, hospital neurological departments, and business schools and economics faculties. Collectively, it is their hope that their work enhances “constructive dialogue between bioengineers and clinicians in creating innovative technological platforms [that can deal with] with new challenges in the world of medical care.”


Public Presentation of the Pre-Commercial Procurement Procedures

Public Presentation of the pre-commercial procurement procedures related to the development of new technological solutions for the realization of a “Robotic exoskeleton for motor rehabilitation in neurological patients with upper limb motor deficit (tender code ARCA_132)” and a “Safe bronchial aspiration system (tender code ARCA_133)”.

Wednesday 11th July 2018 – 2.30 pm
Sala Solesin
Milan – Palazzo Lombardia – Entrance N4 – 1st Floor

Azienda Regionale Centrali Acquisti – ARCA, on the input of the Research, Innovation, University, Export and Internationalization Department of the Lombardy Region, has published two pre-commercial public procurement procedures, funded under the ERDF ROP 2014-2020, with the aim to explore, in a comparative way, the advantages and disadvantages of various alternative technological solutions in order to filter the technological risks of Research & Development before committing to a commercial contract.

Please register by July 9th, 2018 by sending an email stating the participant’s name, surname, organization and the call for tenders of interest at the following e-mail address:

All the presented material is available, for dowloading, at the follow link


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Workshop tDCS and Rehabilitation

The objective of this workshop is to investigate current issues related to the use of this safe and non-invasive technique in motor and cognitive rehabilitation thanks to the participation of experts of national and international reputation. Work will be presented that has shown efficacy in improving motor and cognitive functions in elderly subjects, patients suffering from stroke or suffering from dementia. Finally, new techniques of transcranial stimulation, such as cerebellar stimulation and transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation, will be discussed. This training event originates from the training plan envisaged by the memoMCI project funded by the European Community through the Horizon 2020 Program Marie Sklodowska Curie IF-RP Project Grant No. 658496 (PI Marco Sandrini, CCPP). The aim of this project is to improve episodic memory through the use of DC transcranial stimulation in subjects with Mild Cognitive Decay (MCI), a population that has a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia progressive. The ECM-CPD accreditation – Lombardy Region was requested for professionals with a health profile.


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Regional Tender for Development of Exoskeletons for Rehabilitation

On March 16th Lombardy Region published two pre-commercial Tenders in the area od Research and Development. The scope is construction of an exoskeletal mechatronic system for the  rehabilitative motor therapy in neurological patients with motor disabilities of the upper limb, and for a system of safe broncoaspiration.

The two tenders have an estimated value of € 2.609.745,91 (excluding VAT) and € 1,133,068.852 (excluding VAT) and will have a duration of 45 months.

It should be noted that the testing and validation of the prototype of the mechatronic system for the rehabilitative motor therapy in neurological patients with rehabilitative motor disability and neurological patients with motor disability of the upper limb will be performed at the Motion Lab premises (Movement Opportunities and Technology Innovations for Neurorehabilitation LABoratory) of Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (CCPP), the Health Authority promoting the requirements of the contract, with the purposes of evaluating the real performance of the prototype as well as the degree of effective compliance of the same with the requirements established in the Technical Specifications, identifying any structural, ergonomic, functional and performance deficiencies and therefore verifying their compliance with safety and usability requirements.

Candidacies will be accepted until  August 7th 2018, 2:00 p.m.

For further information on the announcement please visit the following page.


E-Coaching for Active and Healthy Aging

The scope of the workshop is to bring together some of the latest advances, experiences, findings, running enabling projects and developments related to the emerged e-coaching approaches including but not limited to seniors’ behavior smart sensing towards supporting and empowering them for adopt healthier lifestyles and improving health in the rehabilitation setting.

The event will take place on January, 25th 2018 at Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico and will be held in English Language.

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.

14.00-14.30- Introduction to the E-coaching in ythe healthcare domain- Dr. Massimo Corbo

14.30-14.50-The running experience of the vCARE project- Prof. Dr. Werner Essewein

14.50-15.20-TeleRehab services for E-coaching- Dr. Lucia Pannese

15.20-15.50-Cloud Infrastructure Services for E-Coaching- Ing. Sofoklis Kyriazakos

15.50-16.10-Coffee Break

16.10-16.40-Interfaces for E-coaching- Ing. Johannes kropf

16.40-17.10- IOT Location services for E-coaching- Ing. Jordi Rovira Simòn

17.10-17.30- Final remarks on E-coaching deployment methology- Dr. Massimo Caprino

17.30-18.00- Open discussion- Pr. Dr. Werner Essewein and Dr. Massimo Corbo



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CCPP: a member of the European Health Telematics Association

CCPP has recently joined the European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL),the leading forum for decision makers and implementers in Europe, engaged in supporting the transformation of the health and care practice in Europe through digitalisation.

The association brings together under one roof a wide range of constituencies crucial for the betterment of health and social care with health IT. They include: National and regional health authorities and systems, Hospitals and other health institutions, Public and private insurance providers, Health professionals, Health managers and executives, Patients, Citizens and consumers, Industry, and Researchers and academics. EHTEL provides a platform for information, representation, networking and co-operation to its 60+ corporate members.”

For further information, please visit following link.


CCPP’s article on the cover of “Neurology”

For the first time a team of bioengineers and neurologists paid tribute to the Italian physician Giuliano Vanghetti, who lived in Tuscany between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a precursor to all the effects of modern neuroprosthetic techniques. The study published on the cover of “Neurology”, a prestigious magazine of the “American Academy of Neurology”, in the section dedicated to research on the historical aspects of neurology, is devoted precisely to enhancing the work and insights of Giuliano Vanghetti, some still at the base of neuroprosthetics, a branch of science studying bionic arts directly from the thought.

Giuliano Vanghetti

The rediscovery of the ideas and methods of the Italian physician was carried out by researchers from the Institute of BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico of Milan and the Swiss EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

The researchers investigated and reconstructed the life and the scientific activity of the Tuscan doctor, thanks to the original materials kept at the “Vanghetti Fund” of the “Renato Fucini” municipal library in Empoli (Florence).

Born in Florence in 1861, Greve in the heart of Chianti, Giuliano Vanghetti is impressed by the events of the Battle of Adua (1896) during the colonial invasion of Ethiopia by the Italian armies. Judging as traitors by Ascari, the Eritrean soldiers regularly framed in the Italian forces, the Ethiopians applied an ancient law and amputated at 800 of them their right hand and left foot. In his home in Empoli, Giuliano Vanghetti begins to work on a solution to move the cosmetic prostheses passed to these veterans by the Italian government. Two years after the Battle of Adua, Vanghetti provides a first description of his method with studies of hens and in 1900 thanks to the help and confidence of prof. Ceci in the hospital in Pisa, Vanghetti manages to test this technique on man. The results are great and the technique, between high and low, begins to spread.

The development of prostheses equipped with movement and controllable by people who have undergone an amputation has been a technological and clinical challenge that has protracted for centuries and has made progress through the work of Vanghetti. Through the study of the mechanical and neurological principles of the neuromuscular system, Giuliano Vanghetti, at the beginning of the twentieth century, was the first to describe and carry out surgical operations to allow patients to move prostheses (then mechanical) and thus restore, at least in part, the movements using the principles of “cineplastic operations” and “plastic motors” to resume the terms used by Giuliano Vanghetti himself. The method of Giuliano Vanghetti was particularly interesting for the researchers: the doctor was the first to exploit the natural movements of the residual muscles to activate the mechanical prosthesis, directly linked to the muscles and tendons. The idea of ​​using what remains of the natural dynamic of the arm to move the prosthesis remains today, more than a century away, at the base of neuroprosthetic.


The international scientific community of the time did not always look carefully at the techniques proposed by the Italian doctor, preferring a variant used by German doctors in the ten years of the twentieth century, not recognizing the paternity of the method. However, they did measure how Vanghetti’s techniques were innovative national prizes (from the Royal Academy of Lynchs and the Italian Red Cross), international awards (the Nobel Prize nomination in 1923) and, above all, the use of his method even until the eighties of the twentieth century.

“The life and studies of Giuliano Vanghetti – commented the researchers who signed the publication on ‘Neurology’ – are remarkable and extremely interesting. It was a river full of ideas and ingenuity, serving the neighbor; in some respects it has been a visionary, and perhaps just for this, only today, finally, it receives from the scientific community that full recognition that life has not had. ”

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In the picture: Dr. Vanghetti Fund, Patient in daily life activities using the prosthesis directly linked to the arm muscles.


Scientific and Technological Cooperation between CCPP and BioRobotic Institute

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico and the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna have signed an agreement for scientific and technological cooperation.

With this agreement, CCPP and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna have launched collaborations on various research lines aimed at conducting joint clinical trials with the use of devices and systems in the field of bio-robotics, neuro-robotics, robotics for motor rehabilitation and biomechanics. These studies will be applied in diagnosis and rehabilitation of people affected by neurological diseases, in analysis of the movement, risk of falling and restoring independence of those at risk.

The two parties have therefore committed to strengthen the relationship between training, research and innovation by using all the resources and competencies available. Research activities under this agreement benefit the great added value of the interdisciplinary teams that involve staff, professors, researchers, undergraduates, research fellows, PhD students and scholarship holders coming from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and neurologists, physiatrists, bioengineers, physiotherapists, neuropsychologists from CCPP.

In addition to human capital, the BioRobotics Institute and CCPP are committed to provide their knowledge and experiences and their state-of-the-art technological equipment for conducting the research. Also a specific roadmap, with a time horizon of three years, has been set up to guide the various lines of research. This agreement also opens up the possibility of participation in scientific programs, competitions and tenders.

The first outcome of the agreement was the development and launch of a Joint Laboratory called “Motion Lab” (Movement Opportunities and Technology Innovations and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory) within Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico.


  • Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is a special-purpose university with the purpose of promoting higher education and post-university level, continuing education, enhancement and transfer of knowledge and technology to the external context.
  • Within Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, six research institutes are active, including the BioRobotics Institute, which explores the possibility of implementing Biomedical Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics, machines and advanced systems in the living world. In pursuing its mission, the BioRobotics Institute has reached a considerable number of researchers and resources focused on ICT technologies for health. In particular functional motor and cognitive rehabilitation in the neurological, cardiorespiratory, orthopedic and muscle areas in subjects of all ages and disability levels.


  • Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (CCPP) is a health facility of intensive rehabilitation with high complexity in the neurological area, accredited and affiliated with the National Health System, both for ordinary and day hospital and for outpatient services. Also it is highly involved in scientific research, particularly in the fields of neurorehabilitation and other neurological pathologies (with a special attention to cerebrovascular, neurodegenerative and neuromuscular pathologies). CCPP is registered in the National Registry of Researches. 238/343 year 2012.

Lombardy Region searches for innovative healthcare solutions

The Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer Unit of the Lombardy Region University, Research and Open Innovation Directorate, announced on 3.08.2017 by publishing Pre-Information Notice an open market consultation aimed at validating the prerequisite for launching pre-commercial public procurement procedures for the acquisition of research and technological development services finalized to the design, design, prototyping and experimentation of new technological solutions for:

  •  Evaluation of the fragility of the coronary atherosclerotic plaque
  • Robotic exoskeleton for motor rehabilitation in neurological patients with upper limb motor deficit
  • Safe Bronco Aspiration

All economic operators and subjects operating in the research sector are invited to take part in open market consultation regardless of their geographical location, size and organizational structure.

Dr. Massimo Corbo and Ing. Peppino Tropea of the Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico will illustrate the need for technological innovation related to the “rehabilitation and assistance of neurological patients by robotic devices”. This requirement was chosen by the Lombardy Region in response to a public invitation to present ideas about its own innovation needs addressed to all accredited ASSTs, IRCCSs and Accredited Hospitals.

12 October 2017 (from 9.30 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00)

Lombardy Palace of Lombardy Region
Piazza Città di Lombardia, 1 – Entrance N1
Valeria Solesin Room, 1 Floor
Milan – Italy

The market consultation involves the proactive analysis of technology offer available on the market andwill provide crucial inputs to the procurement plan, with the aim of achieving the following specific objectives:

  • Investigating and analyzing the currently available technologies and to obtain performance information as well as the coverage levels of the required features in order to confirm the assumption for a pre-commercial contract;
  • Assess the feasibility of technological developments within the expected duration of the contract;
  • Identifying market risks potentially hindering the achievement of expected objectives and performance;
  • Enabling opportunities for mutual exchange and mutual understanding between market players in view of the (future) establishment of any fit-for-purpose consortia.

Consultants with the market will be required to provide information on marketed or developing solutions that can meet the three needs described below.

During the open consultation with the market, information will also be provided on the objectives, key elements and the main contractual conditions of pre-commercial public procurement.

You will be able to ask questions. Consultation with the market will be conducted in Italian.

Please register by October 9, 2017 by sending an e-mail to,  attaching the completed registration form and the filled questionnaire, if you want to supply under a non-disclosure agreement confidential information on innovative and commercialized solution that you do not wish to reveal in public, but in written form.

Access to the venue and on-site registration will be permitted upon verification of the availability of seats.

The consultation can be followed in live streaming by the link.

Further information available on the following link.




Launch of the H2020 project vCare

The aim of this project is to improve the continuity of care, to prevent the disruption of monitoring in the home environment and to test future technologies in practice. The necessary change of behaviour and physical activity during and after rehabilitation is a long process, which is at the beginning accompanied by many caregivers in hospital or rehabilitation facilities, but this undertaking often stops by returning to the home environment.

Objective of “vCare” (Virtual Coaching Activities for Rehabilitation in Elderly) is therefore to develop a virtual coach, that assists, advises and motivates the patients according to his/her personal needs and skills on the way back to their home, providing user-friendly and personalised exercises, games and feedback-functions. The virtual coach is able to adapt to initially define physical, cognitive and social aims over time and to keep an eye on personal rehabilitation pathways.

With an international team of researchers under the leadership of experienced scientists of the TU Dresden (Germany), the EU-funded project “vCare” investigates how data from the living environment, appropriate health information and a regular interaction with the affected patients can be linked intelligently to design a personalised transition from rehabilitation into home environment.

Under these premises, Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico will coordinate the clinical practice acting into the project, developing a pilot action focused both in neuro and cardio-rehabilitation in four different European Countries (Italy, Spain, Romania and Denmark)


  • Technische Universität Dresden, Chair of Wirtschaftsinformatik, esp. Systems Development (TUD), Germany
  • Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico Spa (CCPP), Milan, Italy
  • Stiftung FZI, Forschungszentrum Informatik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (FZI), Germany
  • Imaginary SRL (IMA), Milan, Italy
  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), Vienna, Austria
  • TSB Real Time Location Systems SL (MYS), Valencia, Spain
  • Servicio Vasco de Salud Osakidetza (OSA), Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
  • Siveco Romania SA (SIV), Bucharest, Romania
  • Universitatea de Medicina si Farmacie “Carol DaVila” din Bucuresti (UMFCD), Bucharest, Romania
  • Aarhus Universitet (AU), Aarhus, Denmark
  • Innovation Sprint (iSPRINT), Brussels, Belgium
  • European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL), Brussels, Belgium

Further information is avalable on the following website.



Note: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769807




European Project Brain@Home: official website now available

From today it is possible to deepen the story and development of the Brain@Home project on the official website.

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (CCPP) is part of the European Brain@Home project: Moving and Enhancing brain training for an active life, co-funded by the International AAL program on Joint Call 2015 “Living Actively and Independently at Home”. This project is part of the support actions for older adults, to develop solutions to live longer autonomously at home through the contribution of new technologies (“support for older people to live longer in their homes with the contribution of ICT based solutions “).

The project, co-funded by MIUR for the Italian side, is coordinated at European level by SIVECO Romania, in collaboration with 5 other partners from 3 countries: Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico (Italy), MediaHospital (Italy), Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary ), InfomatiX (Hungary) and the University of Bucharest (Romania).

For further information on the involvement of CCPP in the project please visit the page Brain@Home.

Patient Engagement

Consensus Conference for Patient Engagement

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico is continuing to aim on the increasing role of the person, seen as an active and “expert” subject within the clinical-care process.

This path led to the implementation of the Consensus Conference on the topic “Recommendations for the Promotion of Patient Engagement in Clinical-Nursing Care for Chronic Diseases” on April 5th. The event was held at Università Cattolica, in collaboration with the Lombardy Region and under the supervision of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. More than 100 experts, representatives of different professional worlds, citizen associations, patients and institutions, attended the Consensus Conference.

On June 13, 2017 the Chair of the Jury Panel of the Consensus Conference will communicate to the public the recommendations that have emerged for the promotion of Patient Engagement.

Participation in the event is free, registration for the event is available on this link.




Brain Awareness Week

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico participated in the International “Brain Awareness Week” initiative by making available a team of memory experts, neurologists, geriatricians and neuropsychologists who are active in the clinical and therapeutic characterization of memory disorders that affect people in adulthood and the elderly. For more information visit this page.

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International BrainArt Convention

Casa Di Cura Privata del Policlinico was among the promoters of the International BrainArt Convention, which was held on Friday March 10 in Lecco.

The day included:
A conference devoted to: “Cognitive dysfunctions and dementia diseases: the new frontiers of the artistic, creative, musical and multimedia approach”.

Organized by the CRAMS Association of Lecco, with CCP, ATS Brianza (Lombardy Region), Department of Health and Social Welfare of Canton Ticino (CH) and with the EuroMediterranean Network of Human Medicine. In collaboration with Lecco Province, ASST Lecco, Terra Project Onlus, Pro Senectute (CH) and with support from Cariplo Foundation. The event enjoys ECM accreditation.

A person with cognitive dysfunctions, in the course of the evolution of the disease, encounters a reduction in expressive potential at the cognitive but also emotional and social level, with negative consequences on the ability to establish or maintain contact with each other. Attention to the maintenance and/or development of the expressive and creative potential of these people thus becomes a constituent element in actions aimed at spreading respect for humanity and human dignity. There is an increasing interest in understanding the mechanisms behind the perception and musical and sensorial processing in humans. At the same time, studies on the effects of artistic experience on neurobiological, psychomotor and cognitive functions are spread. Technology, on the other hand, expands the potential measurability of the results of this type of intervention. Proposals aimed at enhancing the motivation-based expression, as well as experimenting with practices to slow the memory regression and logic-expressive-motor activity, are being studied. The work tools of experimental activity include, inter alia, multisensory interaction, artistic production, connections between different arts, and motivational stimulation. This event aims to deepen the neurobiological bases of creative music processing, possible healthcare applications, artistic practices and connections with cultural institutions that are at the forefront in identifying new service models for users affected by Cognitive dysfunctions.

Main objectives:

• Collect pilot experiences and good practices in place in Italy and Switzerland

• Introduce recent software and hardware achievements to stimulate innovative digital design pathways

• Analyze the potential of neurological instruments and methods

• Draw experimental services involving patients and families in creative artistic pathways on “art and beauty”

Brainart was a dynamic and open lab to stimulate discussion about new social services and the new frontiers of complementary care research.


CCP becomes a member of the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA)

CCP has recently joined the European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA), a pilot initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing.

The concept of European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) is a new approach to EU research and innovation. It brings together all relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels across different policy areas to handle with specific societal challenges, and involves all the innovation chain levels, including many major Italian regions, like Lombardy Region itself. The EIP in the field of Active and Healthy Ageing was the first EIP created in 2011.

CCP became a member of the Action Group A2, related to Fall Prevention.

The main objective of the Action Group A2 is to reduce the falls by ensuring that the new technologies to monitor falls enter markets faster, connecting research to innovation and strengthening procurement processes. The Group also supports the set-up of regional programmes for early diagnosis and the prevention of falls. The current Action Group brings together over 100 organizations representing 68 multi-stakeholder commitments from regional and national administrations, local authorities, research centers, academia, SMES and large industry, advocacy organizations from across the EU.

CCP presented a commitment related to the prevention of secondary injurious falls. The aim of the current work we are performing is to develop a program for primary falls prevention and to evaluate it for secondary falls prevention. The work is articulated into three phases. In the first phase, programs and practices in falls prevention are being collected and systematized in an easy-to-use repository. In the next phase, the efficacy of the repository for secondary falls prevention will be evaluated by longitudinally recording falls in a population of patients with sever motor impairment and were admitted to a rehabilitation hospital because of it. In the third phase it will be evaluated a Fall Risk Index, comparing the data from the evaluations with the evidence based falls database.


MemoMCI study launch: the European Commission is funding research to improve memory

MemoMCI is a study, funded by the European Commission (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, the Horizon 2020 program), aiming at improving episodic memory through a non-pharmacological treatment in elderly individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Since September 2016, following approval of Ethical Committee, the Principal Investigator Dr. Marco Sandrini has initiated research at the Casa di Cura del Policlinico with the scientific supervision of Dr. Massimo Corbo, Scientific Director of the Department of Neuroriabilitative Sciences of CCP.

The aim of the study is to identify individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who will benefit most from treatment with non-invasive electrical stimulation (tDCS) based on integrity of some aspects found on their MRI exams and in relation to the characteristics of some of their genes associated with memory.

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Horizon 2020 – EU Framework Program for Scientific Research and Innovation Excellence Marie- Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) – Reintegration Panel in European Fellowship (EF).

Study Title

Targeting reconsolidation to strengthen memories in individuals with mild cognitive impairment. RI-Reintegration panel; Proposal number: 658496; Proposal acronym: MemoMCI; Official link


Dr. Marco Sandrini, Principal Investigator

Dr. Massimo Corbo, Scientific Supervisor

Dr. Alessia Monti, Co-Investigator


Researcher: Dr. Marco Sandrini


Project Coordinator: Ms. Valentina Brunati

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Accomodation for patients and their families- “La Casa Teddy” Onlus

Casa di Cura Privata del Policlinico has launched a collaboration with “La Casa Teddy” Onlus. “La Casa Teddy” Onlus is a member of the network “A Home Away from Home”, that offers to patients and their families support in finding the closest accommodation to the hospital where treated.

The structure is located in Via Ruggero Lauria 12 / B – 20149 Milano, and offers different type of rooms: common apartment for sharing, children’s play area, large terrace, communal facilities.

One night fees are the following:

Single room € 25.00

Double room € 45.00

Triple Room € 55.00

For more information please call or write:

 Tel. Cell. 338.40.04.008 – 327.85.14.567



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