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Visionary Sciences Inc


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Our approach to visual research with psychiatric and neurological disorders

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Visionary Sciences Inc

  1. 1. The Eye Tracking Assessment, Monitoring, and Remediation System
  2. 2. Visionary Sciences Methodology An evidenced based approach to assess  monitor , and remediate various pathological conditions while reducing the subjective bias in several pathological conditions.  Our goal is to apply cutting edge technology to create the most accurate system for evidence based medicine.
  3. 3. A short demonstration of eye tracking at work. Made in collaboration with the EVL group at UIC.
  4. 4. Eye tracking in action You’ve just seen the calibration sequence  and scan paths used in the eye tracking system.  The machine is able to capture eye movements at any one time and over time in order to accurately determine where the eye focuses (fixation point), as well as the duration of each fixation.  The eye tracking system records all information for analysis and comparison to normal groups through our proprietary data analysis software and database.
  5. 5. Scanpaths, density patterns, and attentional landscapes A single stimulus image is used.  The actual fixation points are represented by  bubbles the diameter of which reflects both the area of fixation and duration of fixation. Additional data is recorded as a “density  pattern” which reflects the number of fixations in a given location or the most frequently attended regions. Finally, the 3-D graphical representation of the  scan path is demonstrated as both a “hot spot”, as well as an attentional landscape.
  6. 6. Visionary Sciences’ Proposal Visionary Sciences seeks to demonstrate the utility of eye tracking technology with ADHD, Autism, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury [(TBI) with special reference to both PTSD and sport related injuries], and early stage dementia, as well as changes in sensorium or cognitive status and the risk of falling in the elderly.
  7. 7. A collaboration with Advocate-Condell Medical Center Visionary Sciences seeks to collaborate with  Advocate-Condell in applying our proprietary algorithms and applications to develop statistically accurate databases to reduce the subjective aspects of current diagnostic and treatment methods in the aforementioned conditions. Collaboration with  Pediatrics, Gerontology, Neurology, Rehabilitation, a nd Outpatient Services to assess, monitor, and remediate patients using eyetracking data to support clinical decision-making and follow-up care. VS proposes a model of care beginning at  intake, progressing through hospital care, and post- discharge follow-up care and monitoring.
  8. 8. VS Algorithms Our proprietary algorithms and  databases can help define whether an individual falls within one of several groups of pathology.  This kind of evidenced based technology reduces the subjective nature of evaluation and treatment.
  9. 9. VS Eyetracking versus the current medical methodologies Eye tracking technology in addition to  producing more valid and reliable data is also: ○ Rapid ○ Non-invasive ○ Cost-effective ○ Culture-free ○ Portable ○ Accurate ○ Customizable (modular) ○ Repeatable (no “halo”/learning effects)
  10. 10. Current Methodologies f-MRI, CAT scans, PET  scans, Neuropsychological Testing, etc.  Expensive  Intrusive  Cumbersome (not portable)  Time consuming (multiple sessions)  Culturally biased in neuropsychological testing  Inconclusive  One-size fits all (not customizable)  Not repeatable in most cases (imaging costs and approvals) and by learning factors (neuropsychological testing)
  11. 11. Visionary Sciences Model for Application Compare an individual with their own  performance over time (T1, T2)  Compare an individual with groups (matched for age, sex, race, SES, etc)  Can track and determine optimal doses of chemotherapeutic agents over time. This provides accurate titration and effectiveness measures. Currently, this data is unavailable to physicians and staff.
  12. 12. VS Model for Application Can assess the effectiveness of other  tests. (neuropsychological testing, ANAM, imaging)  Can be used as a training device for medical and ancillary staff, the development of expert systems.  Can be used to remediate, train, and enhance patients, families, educators, and staff.
  13. 13. The Visionary Sciences Team Richard A. Markin, PhD is the CEO of the company and is a clinical psychologist with  over 30 years of clinical experience. Dr. Markin applies complex adaptive systems and network theory to study the timing and synchronization of the brain, the role of affect and narrative in normal and pathological development, and various self issues. Dr. Markin develops software applications for research and service with both clinical populations and those in high stress situations that must optimize performance, and designs specialized environments and training for the mental health, education and business fields . Leonard T. Carr, MD is a psychiatrist who specializes in both children and adults. Dr.  Carr was a civil engineer and software developer before becoming a physician. He founded the North Shore Wellness Center, Ltd., which provides for the evaluation and treatment of a variety of patient populations and has special expertise in children and adolescents with co-morbid disorders and with adults and geriatrics with a number of co-existing biochemical problems. Anthony D. Vertino, PsyD is a clinical psychologist with a broad background in  neurobehavioral psychology. He has done extensive testing and treatment with children, adolescents and adults and has specialized in geropsychology, both in terms of behavioral interventions and administration. He has extensive knowledge of computer assisted learning, database management, statistics and research design. Jason Leigh, PhD is the director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory and  Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago specializing in advanced visualization technologies and techniques. Through the EVL, Jason has developed and integrated eye-tracking technologies, virtual reality environments, and statistical measurements.