DISTINCT is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSC-ITN) under the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme.

The main aim of DISTINCT is to develop a premier quality multi-disciplinary, multi-professional and intersectorial education and training research framework for Europe.

The unique academic and non-academic collaborative partnership of DISTINCT comprises of 13 world leading research organisations across 8 European countries, 9 partners who include Alzheimer Europe, Alzheimer Disease International, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and 3 small or medium-sized enterprises for technology and dementia care.

Many members of the DISTINCT team are the established researchers in the INTERDEM, an interdisciplinary European collaborative research network of 180 leading academics working to improve early detection and timely and quality psychosocial interventions in dementia.

The team

The team based in University of Nottingham, UK manages DISTINCT programme:

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Prof Martin Orrell

Network Co-ordinator

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Dr Orii McDermott

Project Manager

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Mrs Ann Gibbons

Project Administrator

The team based in Maastricht University, Netherlands leads DISTINCT training, including organisation of DISTINCT schools:

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Prof Frans Verhey

Training Co-ordinator

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Dr Fania Dassen

Training Manager

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Dr Niels Janssen

Training Manager

The Team based in Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc coordinates the DISTINCT-research, including the work on the Best Practice Guidance which is based on the results and recommendations of the 15 DISTINCT research projects.

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Prof Rose-Marie Dröes

Research Co-ordinator