报告题目: Brain Health in the Digital Era: e-Cognitive Health Initiative
报 告 人: Rhoda Au 教授
报告时间: 2017年6月14日 (周三) 晚上19:00 –20:00
Data technology is changing what we can do and how we can do it. It has translated into a plethora of wearable sensors and smart home devices flooding the market, with more devices in the pipeline. They offer a solution for monitoring and detecting brain health well before changes meet the threshold for clinical diagnosis. But to enable this type of approach takes building multi-sector partnerships that are easy to say and hard to do. The long-term significance of this effort, however, could potentially lead to a transformative shift from the primary medical intervention model of “personalized medicine” to a more comprehensive focus on “personalized brain health,” and reduce the likelihood of disease altogether.
Rhoda Au is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public. She also currently serves as Director of Neuropsychology at the Framingham Heart Study, where she has been involved in research related to cognitive aging and preclinical/clinical dementia since 1990. Most recently, she has integrated digital technology into the cognitive assessment process and her current work is focused on determining the potential of digital cognitive biomarkers as surrogate indices to more expensive and invasive fluid and imaging biomarkers. She is also interested in how “big data” analytics can better inform our understanding of disease pathways and treatment. In addition to her work at Framingham, Dr. Au is also currently involved in the School of Public Health led Aging Well Institute that focuses on building multi-sector ecosystems to enable solutions for chronic disease prevention generally and optimizing brain health specifically and to move the primary focus of health technologies from precision medicine to a broader emphasis on precision health.