DANA POINT, Calif. & LA JOLLA, Calif. & MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The American Senior Housing Association (“ASHA”) announced that NeuroVigil will deploy its award-winning neurotechnology to senior living communities around the country to monitor the aging brain. The official announcement was made by David Schless, President of ASHA following a presentation by Dr. Philip Low, NeuroVigil’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on Monday, January 26th at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point, CA.
The alliance between the senior living industry and NeuroVigil will make it possible to collect vast amounts of neurobiological data from seniors. “We are looking at the biggest living laboratory in the world,” said John Rios, Chairman of ASHA. The program will be optional, on a voluntary basis, non-invasive, will not require hospitalization nor will it interfere with medical care, and all data will be anonymized. The program could be used by researchers to investigate changes in brain activity induced by aging, or changes in diet, lifestyle, or sleep. The data will be collected with iBrainTM, NeuroVigil’s portable brain monitoring device, and processed by NeuroVigil’s proprietary algorithms, including the SPEARS algorithm, which converts electroencephalogram (EEG), into maps of brain activity.
“We have been following the groundbreaking work of Dr. Low and NeuroVigil, and as an organization dedicated to life enrichment and improving quality of life for seniors, we could not ask for a more sophisticated neurotechnology partner to provide assistance to our leading member operators and owners who have invested tremendous energy to develop various cognitive enrichment, nutritional and wellness programs. There is a considerable need to objectively analyze the impact of these activities on a very broad scale and we are excited to be assisted by NeuroVigil,” said David Schless, President of ASHA.
This announcement has been very enthusiastically supported by ASHA members, many of whom have committed to launch this neurotechnology in their senior care facilities as soon as possible based on various factors. “We fully expect an initial launch well over 20,000 iBrainTM units representing a conservative initial market penetration of less than 1%,” said John Rios, Chairman of ASHA.
“Enabling seniors to participate in cutting-edge research studies by giving them access to portable and non-invasive neurotechnology to objectively measure changes in brain activity generated by the types of life enrichment programs made available to them, will help shed light on these programs. We are honored by this request,” said Dr. Philip Low, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NeuroVigil.
ABOUT NEUROVIGIL. NeuroVigil, created by Dr. Low in 2007, is a world leader in neurotechnology and computational neuroscience, and is dedicated to the betterment of the human condition by merging non-invasive wireless brain recording technology with advanced computational analysis techniques applied exclusively on human data. The award-winning company has developed proprietary technology which leverages the dynamic oscillations produced across the sleep/wake cycle in order to systematically scan the human brain for signs of pathologic activity, years in advance of cognitive or behavioral symptoms. The company, headquartered in La Jolla, California, has an active program on assistive neurotechnologies based at the NASA Research Park, in Mountain View, California. For more information, please visit http://www.neurovigil.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT ASHA. The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) was formed in 1991. Members of ASHA are executives involved in the operation, development, and finance of the entire spectrum of senior housing, independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. While most members are for-profit operators or financiers, ASHA’s membership also includes a number of executives from leading not-for-profit seniors housing providers and other prominent professionals. For more information, please contact David Schless, President of ASHA, at DSchless@seniorshousing.org.