MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Professor John Gabrieli Joins Scientific Advisory Board of Healthcare Startup Constant Therapy
iPad Apps Used by Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists For Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Aphasia, Learning Disabled Clients
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Constant Therapy, a developer of a cloud-based iPad solution enabling people with cognitive, language, communication and learning disorders to access science-based brain therapies, today announced that Prof. John Gabrieli has joined the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
“The addition of Prof. Gabrieli to our team adds tremendous credibility to what we are doing. His work and expertise in examining brain-behavior relations across the life span, from children through the elderly, will be invaluable to us as we strive to expand our capabilities.”
Gabrieli is the director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute. He is an Investigator at the Institute, with faculty appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, where he has the Grover Hermann Professorship. Prior to joining MIT, he spent 14 years at Stanford University in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences Program. Since 1990, he has served as visiting professor, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital and Rush Medical College.
According to Gabrieli, “I am excited to be a part of Constant Therapy as it is transforming the delivery of brain rehabilitation and will help brain injury survivors to recover in ways never before possible. This is important work; the analytics provided by Constant Therapy is a key enabler in understanding how the brain responds to different courses of therapy and will be invaluable in allowing us to optimize therapies unique to individual patients.”
One of the major obstacles for patients seeking to recover compromised speech, language and cognitive abilities is long-term, consistent access to high-quality therapy. Until now, patients have had to face three critical limitations: First, traditional therapy is typically limited to a one-hour session per week. Second, the quality of therapy can vary widely depending upon the clinician’s experience and access to science-based therapy tools. And third, when traditional therapy concludes due to insurance coverage limits or other constraints, so does a patient’s progress. Thus, many brain injury survivors suffer a “progress cliff” and are unable to reach their full potential to regain lost skills and abilities.
Born out of groundbreaking research at Boston University and in pilots with prominent and nationally recognized rehabilitation institutions, Constant Therapy removes these limitations with an innovative cloud-based iPad solution enabling patients to access tools for high-quality, science-based therapies anywhere and anytime. Clinicians can create highly customized rehabilitation programs for each patient, assign homework and monitor patient performance 24x7. With Constant Therapy, clinicians have more than 50 categories of tasks with over 12,000 items and powerful remote monitoring analytics at their fingertips. This can translate into better patient outcomes and, importantly, continuing improvement.
According to Constant Therapy co-founder Veera Anantha, “The addition of Prof. Gabrieli to our team adds tremendous credibility to what we are doing. His work and expertise in examining brain-behavior relations across the life span, from children through the elderly, will be invaluable to us as we strive to expand our capabilities.”
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About Constant Therapy (www.constanttherapy.com)
Founded in 2012, Boston-based Constant Therapy provides iPad tools for continuous and personalized therapy to people with cognitive, language, communication and learning disorders. Born out of groundbreaking research at Boston University and in pilots with prominent and nationally recognized rehabilitation institutions, Constant Therapy provides the most comprehensive set of tools for care to people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke or dementia, or children who need special education and care due to learning disabilities or other disorders. Therapy tasks are based on the latest research and are easy to use. With 50 categories of tasks and over 12,000 items, patients can continue to get better at home or even after traditional care ends in the clinic.