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Medical and pharmaceutical applications of mobile EEG (brain scanning)


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Uses of inexpensive, personal, commercially-available, and portable EEG devices for medical research. Testing of new drugs, patient-specific drug selection, monitoring of patient progress, augmentation of treatments (via neurofeedback), prediction of 'attacks' in mental illnesses (e.g. panic disorder), and better diagnoses of neurological disorders.

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Medical and pharmaceutical applications of mobile EEG (brain scanning)

  1. 1. Personal Neuro Devices: Medical applications of11/2/2012 mobile EEG 1
  2. 2. Electroencephalography (EEG)  Reads brain activity  Neurofeedback therapy  Can track aspects of thought, emotion11/2/2012 2
  3. 3. Mobile EEG  Not bound to lab  Links to smartphone  Makes EEG monitoring available anywhere  Currently mostly for games11/2/2012 3
  4. 4. PND: mobile EEG software  Mobile EEG beyond games  Treatment, diagnostics, self- monitoring  Team  neuroscientists  software engineers  biomedical engineers  business development experts11/2/2012 4
  5. 5. PND technologies: BackupBrain  Stores EEG info online  Accessible anywhere  Deeper analysis11/2/2012 5
  6. 6. PND technologies: Amygdala  Backend for non-game mobile EEG software  Streamlines mobile EEG development  Algorithms, built-in GUIs, links to BackupBrain, etc.11/2/2012 6
  7. 7. Proof-of-concept: Transcend Neurofeedback-based mobile meditation app Comprehensive meditation tracking & analysis Reads relaxation, concentration, meditation  uses in-house algorithms
  8. 8. Introspect EEG self-monitoring Records mental states via EEG waveform analysis
  9. 9. Introspect Detects: (e.g.)  Mood  Anxiety  Stress  Acute cognitive functioning  Sleep quality Example waveforms linked to mental states  Concentration  Pain „unpleasantness‟
  10. 10. Introspect  Detects problem areas  Built-in neurofeedback exercises to improve specific areas PND neurofeedback game:11/2/2012 psych showdown 10
  11. 11. Neurofeedback  Training to directly alter EEG output  Mindfulness-based  Meditation  Effective treatment  ADHD  depression  Anxiety  etc.11/2/2012 11
  12. 12. PND: Pharmaceutical uses Based on adaptations of Introspect Introspect malleable for  Research  Diagnostics  Treatment  Etc.
  13. 13. PND: Pharmaceutical uses1) New drug testing mobile real-time drug efficacy monitoring E.g. observe mood in brain over time
  14. 14. PND: Pharmaceutical uses 2) Aid patient-specific drug selection  EEG patterns linked to disorder etiologies  Help hospital funding11/2/2012 14
  15. 15. PND: Pharmaceutical uses 3) Monitor patient progress  Ensure continued symptom control  Change treatments as needed Example mood and anxiety chart11/2/2012 15
  16. 16. PND: Pharmaceutical uses 4) Augment treatments  Raise overall efficacy  Neurofeedback11/2/2012 16
  17. 17. PND: Pharmaceutical uses 5) New class of as- needed meds  Alarm for impending “attack”  Preventative drug used upon alarm11/2/2012 17
  18. 18. PND: Pharmaceutical uses6) Preventative medicine Catch “slipping” mental health before disorder develops
  19. 19. PND: Pharmaceutical uses 7) Diagnostics  Link day-to-day mental states to disorders  Reduce reliance on self-report11/2/2012 19
  20. 20. Thank you!Any questions? 20
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