ERFS IN AGING AND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 11053
Amount: $48,204.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1989
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Abstract
EVENT-RELATED FREQUENCIES (ERF'S) OFFER A NONINVASIVE METHODFOR EVALUATING COGNITIVE FUNCTION BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THE SPEED AND LOCATION OF STIMULUS PROCESSING AT THE CORTICAL LEVEL. THE INITIAL GOAL OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO TEST A UNIQUE METHOD OF QUANTIFYING COGNITIVE BRAIN FREQUENCY DOMAIN ACTIVITY FOR DISCRIMINATORY DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AND NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC MONITORING OF BRAIN DYSFUNCTION. EVENTUAL GOALS INVOLVE REFINING DATA ACQUISITION FOR ESTABLISHING CORRELATES OF PATTERNS WITH SPECIFIC NEUROLOGIC MANIFESTATIONS SUCH AS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, AIDS, TRAUMA, AND NORMAL AGING. PHASE I, A PILOT STUDY, WILL TEST 10 NORMAL ADULTS AND 20 ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE PATIENTS. THE OBJECTIVES ARE TO: (1) ACQUIRE DYNAMIC RECORDINGS OF ELECTRICAL FREQUENCY SHIFTS INTHE MILLISECOND RANGE RESULTING FROM THE PROCESSING OF COMPLEX STIMULI, (2) ANALYZE DATA, AND (3) REFINE SOFTWARE. IN PHASE II, A LONGITUDINAL COMPARISON BETWEEN ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE PATIENTS AND NORMAL AGING, ESTABLISHMENT OF DECADE NORMS, DATA ACQUISITION EXPANSION TO OTHER BRAIN DYSFUNCTIONS, AND CONTINUED SOFTWARE REFINEMENT FOR EXPANDEDCLINICAL AND COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ARE PLANNED.

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