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A Novel Approach to Assessing Cognitive State During Real-World Tasks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42MH097303-03
Agency Tracking Number: R42MH097303
Amount: $738,620.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 105
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-07-31
Small Business Information
2237 FARADAY AVE STE 100
Carlsbad, CA 92008-7240
United States
DUNS: 969842715
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 CHRIS BERKA
 (760) 720-0099
 chris@b-alert.com
Business Contact
 CHRIS BERKA
Phone: (760) 720-0099
Email: chris@b-alert.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO
 
9500 GILMAN DR, DEPT 0934
LA JOLLA, CA 92093-0934
United States

 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant In Phase our team was able to enhance the ABM B Alert system for use in on the road evaluations by reducing the overall profile of the hardware system introducing real time commenting for marking events in real world activities and assessing and confirming current artifact rejection algorithms for sufficiency in real world environments In addition the B Alert algorithms for engagement distraction drowsiness and workload were validated for use in the HIV population and applied in laboratory based cognitive assessments simulated driving and on the road driving The data from Phase indicate that traditional clinic laboratory assessments which have been only modestly successful in predicting real world behaviors can be enriched by the addition of EEG metrics and that this may substantially improve the prediction of real world driving difficulties Initial ata suggest that the predictors of on road driving may vary by HIV status and that age may be a factor as well Of note HIV is now considered a chronic manageable condition in individuals who have access to treatment Approximately one quarter of HIV infected HIV persons in the U S are years or older with prevalence rates in this age group expected to reach by While HIV associated neurocognitive disorders HAND are not as severe as in previous generations they remain prevalent and can impact everyday functioning including automobile driving As with other conditions clinic based NP assessments only modestly predict success or failure at real world tasks Given these factors in Phase II we propose to emphasize the application of EEG metrics in older HIV individuals The aims of this proposal are to improve the ease of use of the B Alert system within the simulation to ensure that assessment is easily executed with minimal training develop focused driving simulations that better reflect real world challenges e g in car tasks and contribute to more robust simulator based EEG data collection and extend the current findings to a larger sample focused on aging HIV participants who will complete both laboratory simulations and on the road evaluations This project will occur in two parallel branches The first branch will involve improving the ease of us of the B Alert system and expanding the neurocognitive assessments for more driving specific skills divided attention useful field of view and modifying the simulations based on Phase experience designing screening and evaluation simulations To optimize ease of use data quality monitoring options e g window in window displays with STI software remote notification of issues such as a belt buzzer or pop up on a remote screen will be developed along with one step applications with dry gel sensor interface The second branch will expand our Phase results by focusing on an aging population and increasing the sample size to HIV and HIV drivers andgt years of age All participants will complete the cognitive assessments and simulations and half of each of group will complete the on the road assessments As part of this branch we will also leverage the development of semi dry electrodes to evaluate the utility of these sensors for data quality in real world applications Participants will be recruited from the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center and Owen HIV Clinic at UCSD If successful the proposed tool would provide researchers with a new method for assessing components of real world functioning validate the first on road driving cognitive state algorithms and develop predictors of on road driving impairments reducing the need for potentially dangerous real life driving assessments The envisioned final product would a allow for integration of in laboratory and in the wild assessments for a variety of real world applications b be available for use by researchers clinicians and public safety officials and c be relevant to a broad range of conditions including aging and various neurologic e g stroke TBI recovery and psychiatric e g substance use disorders PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Advanced Brain Monitoring ABM is developing a platform technology to evaluate on the road driving competency within the laboratory with improved predictive power beyond traditional cognitive and simulation assessments The tool integrates a brief neurocognitive assessment min that integrates easy to use portable wireless EEG and ECG with neuropsychiatric assessments relevant to driving attention useful field of view divided attention as well as simulated driving The resulting tool will provide objective predictive insight into driving competency for the aging HIV population and will likely have application across other neurological and aging disorders such as Parkinsonandapos s Disease Alzheimerandapos s Disease etc

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