EUR 5 Million to fight the onset and progression of osteoarthritis


The OActive project, in which Leitat participates, aims to transform and accelerate the diagnosis and prediction of osteoarthritis. With the use of data and augmented reality, the experts will achieve a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of disease pathophysiology, dynamics, and patient outcomes.

Integrating data for disease prediction

The OActive project intends to make a significant leap forward in the fight of this disease by adopting a multi-scale holistic approach where patient-specific information from various levels, including cell, tissue, organ and whole body will be integrated and combined with information from other sources, such as biochemical/inflammatory biomarkers, behaviour modeling and social/environmental risk factors.

This will help generate robust predictors for new personalised interventions for delaying onset and slowing down the progression of OA.

Augmented Reality

To overcome the limitation of the current treatment interventions, Augmented Reality empowered interventions will be developed in a personalised framework, allowing patients experience the treatment as more enjoyable, resulting in greater motivation, engagement, and training adherence.

The OActive partners have four years to improve healthcare by transforming and accelerating OA diagnosis and prediction. The consortium integrates research groups, universities and companies from Belgium, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.

This project was awarded a budget of maximum € 4,984,033.75 under the framework program for research and innovation Horizon 2020.

Joint pain

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease of the articular cartilage. It is the most common form of arthritis and causes joint pain, mobility limitation and, thus, reduces independence and overall the quality of life. Although the usual population associated with the condition is over 65 years old, athletes and younger individuals are also susceptible.


Project: Advanced personalised, multi-scale computer models preventing OsteoArthritis

Project coordinator: UNIVERSITY OF NICOSIA

Project Acronym: OActive

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Contact: University of Nicosia

Source: European Commission Website