On June 14 in 2019 i-Prognosis was part of the Dresden Science Night „Science instead of pillow fights!” from 6pm to 1am. At this night the university, non-university-institutes and research-related companies open the doors of their buildings, labs, halls and archives to the public. This offers the unique chance for visitors to explore innovative high-tech research results through presentations, experiments, guided tours and films and get in personal contact with a lot of researchers in their working environment.
The i-Prognosis project was presented by our partner, neurologist Dr. Lisa Klingelhöfer, TUD, to interested participants at the medical-theoretical-centre of the University hospital. The iPrognosis App for early detection of Parkinson`s disease attracted a lot of attention and interest. The functions of the iPrognosis App – which kind of information is collected and in which way, how to download the iPrognosis App for free from the google play store, and how to provide electronic informed consent was practiced on a dummy smartphone, as well as on individual smartphones of interested participants.
Furthermore, initial research outcomes were presented and explained in lay language based on a scientific poster. The vivid interest of participants fascinated by the research presented at the Dresden Science Night was amazing and lots of fun. The booth was perfectly located between a standardised assessment of the sense of smell by ENT colleagues and psychiatrists who informed about depression. Hyposmia (=the loss of smell) and depression are early non-motor symptoms of Parkinson`s disease. As the iPrognosis app assesses mainly early motor symptoms like tremor, slowness of movement and speech, this was a perfect combination for participants to get an idea of the broad spectrum of Parkinson`s disease and its symptoms.