HomeLab

Homelab is a network of homes located the west of Ireland and in the State of Georgia (http://homelab.gtri.gatech.edu) representing a diverse cross section of older adults.

The purpose of HomeLab is to facilitate an early connection with target populations for the purpose of evaluating concepts or prototypes early in the design process.

Galway Connected Health is a collaboration between:

National University of Ireland, Galway

NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence in the fields of: Arts, Social Science and Celtic Studies; Business, Public Policy and Law; Engineering and Informatics; Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science. Research at NUI Galway is global in scale as they are recognized as world-leaders in particular areas of expertise. Research strengths include Biomedical Science and Engineering; Environmental Science, Marine Science, Human Rights Law, Internet Technology, Digital Humanities, Social Gerontology, Child and Family Research. Innovative new courses are continually developed and many of these programmes are unique to NUI Galway and reflect their expertise in selected areas including: BE/MEng Engineering Innovation; BE/MEng Sport and Exercise Engineering; BA CONNECT; BSc Marine Science; BSc Podiatry.

Western Research and Education Network (WestREN)

The Western Research and Education Network (WestREN) is a partnership between more than 170 General Practitioners and General Practices and the Discipline of General Practice at NUI Galway. WestREN covers a population of over 500,000 from an area extending geographically from counties Cork to Donegal. Network practices represent urban and rural communities of varying socio-economic backgrounds. Practice list sizes range from 500 to 5,000 and from single-handed to multi-partner practices. The mission of WestREN is to support primary care research and education in order to improve the quality of care delivered to patients in the community.

Georgia Tech (USA)

Georgia Tech’s HomeLab initiative provides the capability to conduct in-home research that supports the development of innovative technologies that promote health, wellness, and independence for older adults. HomeLab brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers and a community of older adults interested in participating in research. HomeLab participants take part in research that answers important questions about aging. Participants may also have the chance to use new products and provide feedback that influences the design of those products.


Galway Connected Health involves the utilisation of connecting technologies and medical devices for healthcare applications in relevant caregiver networks.

Galway Connected Health

Connected Health is the utilisation of connecting technologies (communication systems-broadband, wireless, mobile phone, fixed phone lines) and medical devices for healthcare applications with the relevant caregiver network. It is the use of messaging and monitoring technologies to promote health and self-management.