Earlier this year 30 projects were granted funding from the Joint China-Sweden Mobility program grants. A collaboration between ARC and Shandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University in China about strengthening translational research of multimodal dementia prevention networks was one of the projects granted funding.
The aim of Joint China-Sweden Mobility is to strengthen Swedish research and higher education by developing and establishing international partnerships. The program supports projects of high scientific quality which are clearly contributing to the activities of participating institutions. The Swedish Research Council (VR) contributed 5 MSEK to The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education’s (STINT) Joint China-Sweden Mobility program for the period 2020–2023. A total of 15 MSEK were granted to 30 projects. STINT’s Chinese partner, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), finances the Chinese participants at an equivalent level.
One of the funded projects is a collaboration between ARC and Shandong Provincial Hospital affiliated to Shandong University in China, led by Dr Chengxuan Qiu and Professor Yifeng Du. The project is called “Reducing global burden of dementia via strengthening translational research across sociocultural settings”,
About the project
The multifactorial nature of dementia indicates the potential for multimodal interventions to reduce dementia risk. A global network of translational research is critical for dementia risk reduction among populations with different ethnic and sociocultural backgrounds. In this 3-year project, they seek to foster translational research of multimodal dementia interventions across sociocultural settings via global dementia prevention networks such as the World Wide FINGERS network. To achieve the goal, the plan is to organize a series of workshops focusing on methodological harmonization of global multimodal dementia interventions and socioculturally sensitive intervention approaches. In addition, advanced training for junior researchers specializing in translational research of dementia preventive interventions will be provided. The datasets of observational and interventional studies of aging and dementia available in both Sweden and China provide ideal resources for the training of translational research.