LUSAGE lab : a brief introduction
LUSAGE is a research laboratory specialized in the study of health technologies for elderly people with cognitive impairment -and their informal and formal caregivers.
LUSAGE is part of an academic and clinical research unit attached to a geriatric medicine hospital (EA 4468). The general mission of this unit is to provide scientific evidence that will contribute to a better understanding of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) mechanisms and to develop better care strategies for AD patients and their caregivers. Specifically, LUSAGE main research interest is the use of technologies in AD care.
LUSAGE participates in a number of national and European collaborative projects focused on the design and development of AT intended to meet different needs of our target population. Besides, in some of the projects we work with existing mainstream technologies that can have a potential interest for users. In order to carry out these projects we work in partnership with academic associates, industrial companies, research centres, professional care providers, non-profit associations, and regional or national government departments.
Missions & Objectives
The mission of our research unit is to provide scientific evidence that will contribute to a better understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) mechanisms as well as a better caring of AD patients and their caregivers. Our objectives will cover the two following axes:
- Risk factors and markers in AD. Our objective is to contribute to a better understanding in the role of vascular risk factors in the mechanisms of cognitive disorders as well as better knowledge in biological, clinical and neuropsychological markers in AD. This mission is coordinated by Olivier Hanon.
- Caring and management of AD patients and their caregivers. Our objective is to develop and assess psychosocial interventions for AD patients and their caregivers using New Information and Communication Technology (NICT). This mission is coordinated by Anne-Sophie Rigaud.
Resources & Networks
Our research unit encompasses multidisciplinary researchers (methodologists, medical doctors, psychologists, neuropsychologists, sociologists).
We are member of the « Institut Fédératif de Recherches (IFR) 77 Broca-Sainte- Anne » which focuses on central nervous system diseases and has strong collaborative links with INSERM research units (UMR 894, UMR 515, and UMR 360). Our unit is also member of both, the French Expert Centres Network, and the European Alzheimer Disease Consortium (EADC).
Our team is involved in the Memory Resource and Research Centre for Ile-de-France Sud (CMRR or CM2R) in Southern Ile-de-France (South- Paris and its southern suburbs).
We develop teaching activities (especially LMD) in geriatrics and in Alzheimer’s disease in several departments of René Descartes University.