AgeLab Hosts Researchers from Spain as Part of MISTI Program

AgeLab Hosts Researchers from Spain as Part of MISTI Program

The AgeLab hosted visitors from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, King Juan Carlos University, and Ramon Llull University, as part of an ongoing collaboration under MIT’s MISTI program. MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) is a program designed to support research collaborations and partnerships for MIT with companies, research institutes and universities from around the world.

Maria Giné-Garriga, Professor Titular of the Blanquerna Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport Sciences at Ramon Llull University, Oriol Sansano-Nadal, PhD student in physical activity and sport science at Blanquerna at Ramon Llull University, Luis Francisco Sigcha Guachamin, PhD student in acoustical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and Daniel Palacios-Alonso, Assistant Professor in computer science at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, traveled to the MIT AgeLab from Spain to learn about the MIT AgeLab’s work, participate in AgeLab events, and conduct their research.

All four researchers attended the AgeLab’s Fitness, Food, and Friends symposium co-hosted with Tivity Health . At the event, Dr. Giné-Garriga participated in a panel on physical fitness, and Mr. Sansano-Nadal presented a poster on long-term behavior change from physical activity intervention programs targeting older adults.

Mr. Francisco Sigcha Guachamin and Dr. Palacios-Alonso also demonstrated their ongoing project at the symposium. As part of their time at the AgeLab, they also conducted interviews to gather feedback on an application-in-development for managing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, drawing research participants from the AgeLab’s volunteer database.

All of the researchers also participated in an MIT AgeLab Lifestyle Leaders research session on medication management.