e-FINGERS virtual facilitator for personalized brain health promotion and dementia prevention

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are major public health problems. After many failed clinical trials, there are still no effective, widely available disease-modifying drugs. Accurate identification of people at-risk or in early disease stages can increase the likelihood of developing effective disease-modifying therapies, but to do this we need to find new sustainable ways of working. The e-FINGERS virtual facilitator will enable development of novel and effective tools for personalized brain health promotion and dementia prevention, e.g. softwares and digital biomarkers for finding people at risk or in early disease stages, directing them to the right trials/treatments, and monitoring disease, risk and therapeutic effects over time. It will also be adaptable to other brain conditions beyond AD/dementia in the future. Ultimately, e-FINGERS aims to become an internationally connected national virtual facilitator for innovative neuroscience R&D, with longer-term sustainability facilitated by early involvement of industry.

Public financial flows to rural and urban areas

Public financial flows can be divided into 1) income collected via state and municipal taxes and
social security contribution and 2) their use to cover public expenditures, that are composed of
income transfers, public administration, service provision and the promotion of economic
development. State-owned companies and other establishments such as Metsähallitus are also
part of these public financial flows.

In terms of regional development what matters are not only the volumes of public financial flows
but also the rationale why and how they are collected and the logic behind their distribution
between different types of regions as well as how these public financial flows are justified.

The main target of the project is to provide an overall assessment of public financial flows in
Finland between urban and rural regions and to analyse their impacts on regional vitality and
equal development opportunities as well as to provide tools for considering their differentiated
regional impacts: How are the public financial flows divided between rural and urban regions? Do the public financial flows support regional vitality and equal development opportunities for all
types of regions? How to improve policy processes and policy formation for better outcomes
resulting from public financial flows?

The project will serve the National Rural Policy Programme 2021–2027. Particularly, the project
facilitates the measures set for improved competitiveness and vitality of rural regions. The results
are also useful for other national policy sectors. The societal benefits of the project relate to the
results of the project that can be used for the benefit of improved policy formation and
implementation and as the basis for social debate.

The project lasts two years and will be implemented as a collaboration between the University of
Eastern Finland and Natural Resources Institute Finland.