European research is shaping the future of mental health
Lancaster, United Kingdom
An international research consortium joins efforts to develop innovative affective health technologies.
An interdisciplinary team of international researchers met last month in Lancaster (UK) under the European H2020 AffecTech project to lead the way towards new affective health disorder technologies that will lower health costs and help patients’ struggle.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide, identified as the leading cause of disability. AffecTech has recently launched an ambitious international project that counts on Plux Wireless Biosignals to bring the best research expertise together, aiming to exploit our access to mobile devices and wearables in order to revolutionise technology for Mental Health assessment.
With yearly costs exceeding 100 billion Euros and inestimable social costs, the European Commission has set Mental Health as one of the H2020 priorities. AffecTech is an interdisciplinary project that builds upon state of the art biosensing, human computer interfaces and clinical psychology.
The aim of the project is to empower patients with tools 1 that will improve self-awareness and emotion regulation.
Plux is fully committed to AffecTech goals, playing an important role in the consortium as an active member for innovative devices and research provider. President Hugo Gamboa and researcher Miquel Alfaras work towards the integration of all the different expertise areas with Plux cutting-edge technology, enhancing the development of new tools for the assessment of Mental Health disorders.
“Ours is a data-driven society that has embraced technology,” explains Plux founder Dr. Hugo Gamboa. “In recent years, technology has transformed our lives. AffecTech benefits from this technology to develop low-cost solutions that will transform the course of mental health treatment.”
Born in 2007, Plux shook up the wireless biosensing device research community developing reliable and accessible products providing unprecedented acquisition capabilities. Plux partners with renowned private and public research institutions, bridging academia and industry by providing its expertise to practical applications.
AffecTech project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020. Raising awareness about Mental Health issues is at the core of the project goals, supporting the World Health Organization World Mental Health Day. //who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2017/en/