Savonix and Boston University to digitally gather cognitive health data
Category: #health  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2019-11-05
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Savonix and Boston University to digitally gather cognitive health data

Savonix Inc.- a U.S. based company dedicated towards providing digital tests for cognitive health and Boston University- a global leading school for public health has reportedly announced the release of a population health study in the globally prevalent dementia.

ASSIST - The Alzheimer’s Disease Discovery Study will facilitate digital collection of mental health data, lifestyle tracking information and the health history from nearly 4,00,000 individuals. Data will be gathered from numerous wearable devices as well as sensitive neuropsychology tests.

The data will provide first time knowledge of how certain lifestyle components that lead to the increase in dementia risk in order to produce mental changes across the life space of an individual, to enhance drug development and early intervention efforts in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Basic criteria to enroll for the test requires the participants to be 22 years or older, living in the United States and have access to internet that can be connected to mobile devices such as ab android phone, tablet or an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad.

Reportedly, the study requires people to fill a form regarding details of health history with adequate information on the risk factors that lead to the development of dementia such as smoking habits, diet, alcohol intake and exercise along with measurements of daily behavior from their digital devices and wearables, such as, heart rate variability, sleep, blood sugar levels, exercise and other crucial bio and psycho-social indicators.

Additionally, volunteers will also be required to take a 15-minutes Savonix Mobile cognitive test that will be mapped to the DSM-V criteria for classifying minor as well as major cognitive impairment. Each participant will be required to complete the health history form and undergo reasoning tests at two time points over a span of two-years.

After the completion of the study, the participants will require personalized brain function test result across different domains such as, attention, focus and memory.

According to Dr. Sandro Galea, Dean and Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, the collaboration aims at facilitating state-of-the-science thinking regarding the methods of capturing the data of patients along with an advanced cognitive assessment platform that will assist in advancing the understanding of dementia across individuals, large populations and communities.

Source Credits: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/savonix-boston-university-school-public-133000259.htm



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