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A-fit involves academic partners from four European countries including Denmark, Italy, Spain and Sweden. Below is a brief presentation of academic entities, and the industrial partner YoYo Technology AB involved, and links to work packages describing each partners research project or responsibility in the A-fit program.

Karolinska institutet
The coordinator Karolinska Institutet is one of the world´s leading medical universities. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education. Karolinska Institutet accounts for over 40 per cent of the medical academic research conducted in Sweden and offers the country´s broadest range of education in medicine and health sciences. Since 1901 the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has selected the Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine. Afit project - EFFECTS OF CONCURRENT AEROBIC AND RESISTANCE TRAINING ON SKELETAL MUSCLE ADAPTATIONS
Östersund Rehabcentrum Remonthagen
Östersund Rehabcenter is a part of Östersund Hospital, which is the only hospital in Jämtland County, Sweden, with 126.000 inhabitants. Östersund Rehabcenter embraces rehabilitation facilities for the adults of the county. The spectre of diagnoses comprises injuries and diseases of the central nervous system and cases needing rehabilitation after operations of bones and joints. Östersund Rehabcenter provides clinical teaching and training for students of University of Umeå and Mid-Sweden University at Östersund. Several research projects are conducted at the center. Afit project - EFFECTS OF FLYWHEEL RESISTANCE TRAINING VS. CONCURRENT AEROBIC AND RESISTANCE TRAINING ON SKELETAL MUSCLE SIZE AND FUNCTION IN STROKE PATIENTS
University of Umeå
Umeå University was founded in 1965 and is Sweden's fifth oldest university. Today, it has a strong international and multicultural presence with students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. As one of the leading comprehensive universities in the nation, it is alive with enthusiasm, creativity and fresh ideas. The University constantly strives towards being one of Scandinavia and Europe's best environments for education, research and community engagement that meets the challenges of an ever-increasing global society. Afit project - EFFECTS OF (I) BED REST AND RESISTANCE TRAINING AND (II) RESISTANCE TRAINING VS CONCURRENT AEROBIC AND RESISTANCE TRAINING ON SKELETAL MUSCLE SATELLITE CELLS
Karolinska University Hostpital
The Karolinska University Hospital (Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset) is one of Scandinavia’s premier health care and science facilities. The hospital has two major sites in the municipalities of Huddinge and Solna, south and north of Stockholm, respectively. The Karolinska University Hospital employs about 15,000 individuals, and is in possession of 1,700 patient beds. This teaching hospital is academically affiliated with the world renowned Karolinska Institute and leads in medical research breakthroughs in Sweden. Afit project - ADAPTATIONS TO RESISTANCE TRAINING USING FLYWHEEL TECHNOLOGY – MOLECULAR ASPECTS ON MITOCHONDRIAL BIOGENESIS AND ANGIOGENESIS
University of Verona
The University of Verona is a vital center of research and culture, which harmonically interacts with the community of Verona and the net of Venetian Universities. In cooperation with the Authority for the Right of Study, it offers services helping students to live their experience of study fully: accommodation, refectories, cultural and sport activities. The main aspects contributing to qualifying the University of Verona according to European standards are (i) scientific research, (ii) internationalization initiatives, (iii) training courses, (iv) services to students and (v) the promotion and implementation of human, financial and structural resources. Afit project - CARDIOVASCULAR AND SKELETAL MUSCLE RESPONSES TO CHRONIC CONCURRENT EXERCISE USING FLYWHEEL TECHNOLOGY IN OLD MEN
University of Barcelona
The University of Barcelona (UB) is Spain’s leading research university, publishing more research than any other Spanish institution with the exception of the Spanish National Research Council. The University of Barcelona offers prospective students a wide range of course offerings tailored to their needs and to the needs of society in general, thus placing the University at the head of academic fields in very different degree areas, from technology on the one hand to art on the other. Afit project - EXPRESSION OF SKELETAL MUSCLE ENZYMES CONTROLLING GLYCOGEN AND GLYCOLYTIC PATHWAYS AFTER CHRONIC RESISTANCE TRAINING AND UNLOADING
University of Copenhagen
With over 37,000 students and more than 7,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The diversity of academic environments and scientific approaches is the University of Copenhagen's distinguishing feature and strength. The University offers more than 200 study programmes in health sciences, humanities, law, life, pharmaceutical, social sciences, and theology. Afit project - EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM BED REST WITH AND WITHOUT FLYWHEEL RESISTANCE EXERCISE ON THE ADAPTATION OF SKELETAL MUSCLE CONNECTIVE TISSUE
YoYo inertial technology
Industrial partner YoYo™ Technology AB (Inc) has been in business for more than 20 years to serve professionals in sports, fitness and rehabilitation and the space industry. Their products are manufactured and assembled in the Stockholm area, in the country of Sweden. The trademark of YoYo™ follows Swedish tradition of innovative, high quality products favoring functionality and simplicity. Afit role - DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, IMPROVEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF EXERCISE DEVICES