BrainWaveBank technology, which in the future may allow people to measure and track their cognitive health at home, by using a wireless headset while playing mobile games. This has potential to change the way we predict, monitor and diagnose conditions that affect the brain.
Remote Research and Development
ADULTS AGED 55+
Detecting Risk of Psychotic Illness
ADULTS AGED 18-45
BrainWaveBank is running a Research and Development project funded by Innovate UK which is part of a wider government effort to support business-led innovation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We want to test if the BrainWaveBank platform for measuring brain health in-home can be modified and deployed completely remotely, with no direct, person-to-person training required.
We are seeking 5 healthy older adults aged 55+ to test our modified, fully-remote platform. Participation involves using the equipment to perform brain recordings on yourself, at home, in your own time, for two weeks. Each recording session will take about 30 minutes and consists of playing enjoyable cognitive games whilst wearing a headset. A researcher will walk you through your first session remotely, and will be available for troubleshooting throughout. At the end of the two weeks, we would like to hear your feedback on what it was like to set up and use the system at home, without having any face-to-face interaction or meeting any of the team in person.
In the future, clinical trials of new therapies may need to be conducted remotely, avoiding direct contact between researchers and participants who are at high risk from Covid-19. How you interact with our technology, and the feedback you provide, will help us develop a safe, easy-to-use remote training experience. This will help us to find new ways to reduce the risk of exposure to the Covid-19 virus, enabling patients at heightened risk, who may otherwise be excluded, to take part in research and clinical trials in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disease.
BrainWaveBank is running a study funded by the Northern Ireland Department of Health, which aims to develop new technologies for early detection and monitoring of people at risk for the development of psychosis and serious mental illnesses, like schizophrenia. This study is a first step - to see whether the headset and games can tell the difference between people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and people who have not, using brain activity.
We are seeking 30 healthy young adults aged between 18-45 to contribute their data to the control group for our study. The study involves using the equipment at home, in your own time, three times per week, for six weeks. We will compare brainwave recordings between the control group and a group of patients diagnosed with a serious mental illness. At the end of the six weeks, we would like to hear your feedback on what it was like to use the system at home.
A major factor in the success of therapies designed to prevent psychosis is early identification of those who need help. We hope that our system can one day help make that process faster, and easier for patients at risk to receive that help.