Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
The Charité is one of the biggest university hospitals in Europe, with a history of more than 300 years of state-of-the-art research, patient care, and education. It includes more than 100 clinics and institutes spread over four campuses.
The Charite´s Geriatrics Research Group is a multidisciplinary team conducting research in the fields of aging and technology, and the development and treatment of pathologies associated with aging, such as dementia, metabolic syndromes, stroke, and frailty.
The Geriatrics Research Group has experience in conducting interdisciplinary projects with a focus on the elderly. Located on the premises of a geriatric hospital (Evangelisches Geriatriezentrum Berlin), it is closely collaborating with physicians, neuropsychologists, social workers, therapists, and nurses specialized in the care of geriatric patients as well as preventive and therapeutic measures for healthy seniors and outpatients.
Past and current activities include the development of ambient assisted living or mobile solutions and services for older adults (SmartSenior, PAGE, GAL), as well as usability studies, clinical trials (medical device and non-medical device) and controlled evaluations within collaborative nationally funded projects (VIBE, MOPASS, LeVer). In association with Vitagroup, the Geriatrics Research Group built up and operate a web site for seniors and their relatives as well as care givers (Vitanet). Within the field of Gerontechnology, the Geriatrics Research Group also investigate fundamental IT topics such as service oriented architectures in medicine (SOAMED). The Geriatrics Research Group and the Max-Planck-Institute jointly lead the Berlin Aging Study 2, a longitudinal multidisciplinary cohort study with 2200 participants exploring aging processes. Development and research are carried out in well-equipped facilities, including gait lab with motion capturing cameras, Gaitrite system, driving simulator, and training area.