The Health Monitor

In recent years, it has become painfully clear that there is insufficient focus on preventive healthcare, and this can have serious consequences for our healthcare sector and healthcare professionals during times of crisis.

The Health Monitor can change this!

Over a period of 20 years, the health status of 20,000 residents of Ghent will be assessed. Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital, the City of Ghent, and iMEC have joined forces for this endeavor.

The Health Monitor is an ambitious but crucial research project. It can lead to new insights, treatments, and perhaps even medications. Provided that we can count on you, because we need participants. Enthusiastic participants!

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The Health Monitor begins in Zwijnaarde and will gradually expand to include Sint-Amandsberg, Gentbrugge, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, and Wondelgem.

Are you over 45 years old and do you live in one of these five suburban municipalities? Then the Health Monitor is truly a unique opportunity for you.

Sustainable Health Research

By establishing the Health Monitor, we are focusing on sustainable health research. Sustainability in health research is crucial for reducing our ecological and financial footprint and, of course, ensuring social responsibility.

For us, equality, diversity, and inclusion are important, as well as protecting the rights of participants. Sharing research results and making research data available accelerates progress in scientific research.

Collaboration among researchers, institutions, policymakers, and the public is essential within the Health Monitor. It promotes a holistic approach to research, taking into account different perspectives and interests, as we strive for a healthier future in the context of ‘healthy aging.’

How Does It Work?

We will invite you to provide your data - we collect this data by administering a questionnaire, along with a physical test and the collection of biological samples.
With this data, we will engage in high-level research to map out factors that contribute to health.

With the Health Monitor, our goal is to improve future healthcare.

The data from the 20,000 residents of Ghent will help us study both hereditary and environmental factors that contribute to health.

By combining these results, we gain a better understanding of risk factors for diseases or learn how to age in a healthier way.

In addition, you can contribute to scientific research and learn more about health and healthy aging in your community.

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Your participation makes a difference: for you and your community. The Health Monitor is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss.

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