João Malva
Research Coordinator
Universidade de Coimbra

Ageing@EIT_Brain PhD School

Epidemiology of Ageing and Dementia Prevention, PhD Label 


EIT Health Ageing PhD School (Ageing@EITHealth) is a pan-European doctoral programme bringing together EIT Health academic and non-academic partners to train a new generation of PhD specialists in gerontology, neuroscience and epidemiology with solid innovation and entrepreneurship competencies.

About this activity

The consortium involves accredited PhD programmes at nine universities across Europe with a solid and internationally recognised scientific competence in research areas and proven competence in offering high-quality PhD training. Scientific excellence is complemented with courses in innovation and entrepreneurship and exposure to the EIT Health network, including research-based business incubators in the consortium. Students enrolled in the PhD programme also benefit from international mobility and co-supervision/mentorship of their PhD thesis between universities, hospitals and companies. The EIT Health Ageing PhD School fosters competence-based and student-centered learning by doing and the integration of the knowledge triangle to support healthy living of citizens and create tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Building on a preparatory year in 2019 that was focused on Epidemiology of Ageing and Dementia Prevention, implementation of the programme will start in January 2020, with the recruitment of the first cohort of students with a specialisation in brain ageing. The interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach of the programme will facilitate the exposure of the students to big data derived from early diagnosis, personalised health, population ageing, bioimaging, genetics, epigenetics, social profiling, health systems and resources optimisation, amongst others. Innovation, entrepreneurship and business skills will be offered by Ageing@EITHealth to reinforce the business opportunities created by available and innovative databases.

As part of the programme, students receive 30 European Credit Transfer credits  (ECTS), including 15 ECTS as part of the innovation and entrepreneurship activities and internship and 15 ECTS in international mobility at a partner university. Students take part during the first year of their studies in an annual retreat with all students and partners to present and discuss their research project.

EIT Health Partners in this Project