Penn Collaboratory on Healthy Aging to Award 12 Grantees $2.1 Million – University of Pennsylvania

The Penn Artificial Intelligence and Technology Collaboratory for Healthy Aging (PennAITech)—made up of Penn’s School of Nursing, the Perelman School of Medicine, and other departments across the University—focuses on identifying, developing, evaluating, commercializing, and disseminating innovative technology and artificial intelligence methods/software to support aging. It is made possible through a grant from the National Institute on Aging, a part of the National Institutes of Health. In its first year, and through a competitive national grant review process, twelve applicants from academia, industry, and clinical practice across the United States have been selected for funding. 
The Collaboratory Pilot Core invites applications for pilot studies using technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize care management and health outcomes for older Americans, including those with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) living in their homes independently, and those receiving clinical care or skilled home and community-based services.
The goals of this pilot program are twofold:
This year’s awardees are:  
“These awardees represent the broad range of innovative solutions that have the potential to significantly improve the lives of older adults and their families, and our team of experts at Penn are looking forward to working with them and supporting them in this journey,” said George Demiris, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor with joint faculty appointments in Penn Nursing’s department of biobehavioral health sciences and the department of biostatistics, epidemiology, and informatics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and one of the principal investigators of PennAITech. 
Jason Karlawish, a professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy, and neurology, co-director of the Penn Memory Center, co-associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Perelman School of Medicine, and co-principal investigator of PennAITech, added, “we are excited to provide a supportive environment to deploy and test cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches to improving the well-being of America’s older adults, especially persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related diseases.”
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