MEETING INNOVATORS OF BRAIN HEALTH (part 1)
Since December 2022, I've been privileged to be part of a distinguished group of professionals known as the Brain Health Collaborative. As the associate director, I've had the honor of meeting and learning from many of the remarkable individuals within our ranks.
On June 14, 2023, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Nathan Intrator, the visionary CEO of Neurosteer Inc., a groundbreaking company he established in 2015. Dr. Intrator's expertise lies in mathematics, particularly in signal processing, and his fascination with the human brain led him to write his doctoral dissertation on the subject of neuroplasticity.
Neurosteer’s FDA cleared platform represents a remarkable advancement in the form of a user-friendly, portable brain activity monitor that utilizes EEG technology to measure various aspects of brain function, including engagement, attention, emotional state and cognitive load. As a professional devoted to brain health, I am perpetually seeking answers to the most pressing questions about brain training and how to optimize its benefits. That is why Dr. Intrator's work captivated me, and I eagerly seized the opportunity to meet and interview him.
During our conversation, Dr. Intrator illuminated the multitude of future applications for Neurosteer (subject to additional FDA clearances) in both the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's. Remarkably, this is achieved using a small patch on the forehead with just a single EEG channel. Recent pilot studies have shown that Neurosteer can provide enable preclinical diagnoses of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative conditions before symptoms manifest.
Dr. Intrator also revealed that Neurosteer has shown promising results in the detection of dopamine depletion in Parkinson's disease at an early stage, facilitating early intervention. Studies are underway to explore its role in detecting epilepsy, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, essential tremor, and more. In hospital intensive care units, Neurosteer is being evaluated for assessing comatose patients, gauging their level of consciousness, depth of sedation, seizure activity, and other vital factors.
Regarding Alzheimer's disease, Dr. Intrator emphasized that Neurosteer has shown connectivity changes in the pre-symptomatic presence of amyloid accumulation. Early detection is crucial as it enables intervention that can delay or prevent cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. In the absence of pharmaceutical solutions for memory disorders like Alzheimer's, identifying the condition early empowers patients to take control of their lifestyle choices, and adopt habits that promote a healthy brain. Armed with this information, lives can be transformed if patients possess the motivation and discipline to embrace these choices.
Source: YOUTUBE (TEDx Talks Channel)
Tune Your Brain with Wearables, Not Drugs | Nathan Intrator | TEDxWhiteCity: Can we monitor the brain just like we monitor other organs, using a portable and easy to use device? Nathan Intrator, a brain researcher and computer scientist, is currently developing one such monitor that can provide detailed information about cognitive and emotional brain activity. It can be used to improve health and wellness and for a variety of lifestyle applications.
Nathan Intrator is the neuroscience startup leader of a revolutionary cloud-based platform that uses advanced brain signal processing and big data analytics to manage brain health and human wellness. An international scholar in neural computation, he delves into the undiscovered grey area of our brain. His latest startup, Neurosteer, uses advanced brain signal processing and big data analytics to perform continuous, mobile monitoring and management of brain health. Neurosteer's mission is to become the standard method for ubiquitous brain activity interpretation and neuro-feedback. Real-time, detailed brain state analysis will be seamlessly integrated into a wide range of medical, neuro-marketing, lifestyle and gaming applications. In his belief communication technologies that didn’t exist 5 years ago can be leveraged to improve brain function in novel and fun ways, as well as improve the life style of individuals with brain disabilities.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
COGNITION TESTING & CONCUSSION METRICS THROUGH OPTICSCAN
A new research study is underway at the Bard Diagnostic Imaging Center in NYC. Dr. Robert Bard and a local research team combines the latest biometric scanning advantages of transcranial DOPPLER imaging, hemodynamic ULTRASOUND scanning (of the retinal, basilary and temporal arteries) and the integration of BIOFEEDBACK technology for a special research study. This neuro-scan review establishes (1) a cross-comparative study between the technologies and (2) a multi-modality screening & monitoring protocol to record post-concussion and neurodegenerative disorders.
One of several major foci for this project is to explore the development of a diagnostic paradigm in the detection of post concussion symptoms including the growing reports of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy/CTE, identified from head concussions in military service and high impact sports. Since 2018, Dr. Bard has been collaborating with neurologists and pain management specialists to assess the rampant growth of this progressive brain condition.
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