Reykjavik University in Iceland Helps Drive Massive Machine-Learning-Based Study Investigating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Nov 21, 2020 | Apnea, EU, Europe, Iceland, News, Research, Sleep Research

Reykjavik University in Iceland Helps Drive Massive Machine-Learning-Based Study Investigating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An international and interdisciplinary research initiative just received 15 million Euros via the European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Health, demographic change and well-being. Known as “Sleep Revolution,” this study serves as a vehicle to disrupt research, diagnosis and treatment of what is known as “obstructive sleep apnea” or OSA and associated disorders. The substantial research effort targets the development of machine-learning-based initiatives to offer superior pathways for better understanding and treating OSA. The goal: better outcomes and improved quality of life. Backed by the European Sleep Research Society and the Assembly of National Sleep Societies, the development of new international guidelines for sleep medicine could make life better for many sleep-deprived people around the world. Iceland’s Reykjavik University plays a key organizing role in the effort.

As reported recently by Iceland’s Reykjavik University, the large multi-center and multi-national research study will involve the development of a large database consisting of data from sleep measurements of 30,000 people, collected from Iceland and around Europe. The study design includes the collection of data from a range of devices and approaches, from smartwatches to neuropsychological tests. The study calls for the development of a “safe digital platform” for secure data sharing and collaboration among the study participants.

Investigator Point of View

Dr. Erna Sif Arnardóttir, Director of the Reykjavik University Sleep Institute, President of the Icelandic Sleep Research Society and a board member of the European Sleep Research Society, Project Leader reported, “It is a tremendous honor to get this opportunity to bring together this large group of Europe’s leading experts and innovators in sleep research into one large research and development project to move the field into the forefront of digital healthcare. By using interdisciplinary methods and new possibilities in information technology and artificial intelligence, we aim to revolutionize how knowledge of OSA and other sleep-related breathing disorders, such as habitual snoring, is gained and used. We will shift the focus in analysis and treatment to the daily lives of people and pave the way for more individualized and personal health care.”

Dr. Ari Kristinn Jonsson, President of Reykjavik University says that the grant is yet another confirmation of the quality of research conducted at the University: “We are extremely proud and look forward to continue building our sleep research with strong academic and industrial partners in the company years.”

Collaboration Partners

  • Reykjavík University, Iceland, Departments of Engineering, Computer Science, Psychology, and Sport Science
  • Nox Medical, Iceland
  • Sidekickhealth Iceland/Sweden
  • Ita-Suomen Yliopisto, Finland
  • The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Akershus Universitetssykehus HF, Norway
  • Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
  • Tartu Ulikool, Finland
  • European Sleep Research Society (ESRS)
  • Norsk e-helse AS, Norway
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Goeteborgs Universitet, Sweden
  • Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon, Greece
  • CHARITE – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Dimokritio Panepistimio Thrakis, Greece
  • Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
  • Panepistimio Kritis, Greece
  • EGE University, Turkey
  • Narodni Ustav Dusevniho Zdravi, Czech Republic
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Faculdade De Medicina Da Universidade DE Lisboa, Portugal
  • Universitaetsmedizin Der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Germany
  • Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy
  • Universita Degli Studi Di Palermo, Italy
  • Istituti Clinici Scientifici Maugeri Societa’ Per Azioni Societa’ Benefit, Italy
  • Praxis Dr. Hein, Germany
  • Wissenschaftliches Institut Bethanien für Pneumologie e.V., Germany
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Greece
  • Universitatea De Medicina Si Farmacie Victor Babes
  • Timisoara, Rumania
  • Turun Yliopisto, Finland
  • Varsinais-Suomen Sairaanhoitopiirin Kuntayhtyma, Finland
  • Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, France
  • Instytut Gruzlicy I Chorob Pluc, Poland
  • Centro Hospitalar de Sao Joao Epe, Portugal
  • Empatica srl, Italy

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