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Institut für Epidemiologie, Biostatistik und Prävention

3 EBPI Projects Awarded Funding

We are pleased to announce the success of three recent proposals submitted by EBPI researchers.
The project entitled Text Mining in Support of Psychiatric Research: Overcoming Fragmented Knowledge (PsyMine) was awarded a two-year grant from the COGITO foundation. Mental health researcher Simon Foster of the EBPI and Fabio Rinaldi from the UZH Institute of Computational Linguistics will develop a text mining application that will allow for the automated detection of cause-disorder-relationships reported in the scientific literature. This text mining tool responds to a frequent problem in mental health research: knowledge is spread across several distinct, non-overlapping fields of study. Their tool will assist researchers to more quickly identify literature relevant to a particular disorder across thematic and disciplinary boundaries.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the EBPI and University Hospital Zurich (clinics of Infectious Diseases, Pneumology and Radiology), were awarded funding to better understand the course of lung cancer and its economic consequences in Switzerland. EBPI researchers Milo Puhan, Matthias Schwenkglenks, and Yuki Tomonaga and Roger Koyos, Malcolm Kohler and Thomas Frauenfelder from the University Hospital Zurich received funding from the Swiss Lung League to assess the cost-effectiveness of a Swiss lung cancer screening program. The project is entitled National History of Lung Cancer in Switzerland and Cost Effectiveness of Low-Dose Computed Tomography Screening.

EBPI researchers Milo Puhan, Anja Frei, Emily Stone and Kaba dalla Lana received funding to develop, implement, and evaluate a physical activity promotion intervention for older adults. The project is called CAPACITY: A Citizen-driven Approach to Increase Physical Activity in Older Adults with Chronic Disease Living in Urban Environments. With support from the Uniscientia Foundation, the intervention considers individual, interpersonal and environmental determinants of physical activity. Recruitment of the first group of 30 older adults will begin in Wetzikon next month.