Advances in Alzheimer’s

Recognizing the growing demand to support our aging population, Toronto Rehab is pioneering health innovations to improve living, independence and care for those with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders.

Millions of people throughout the world eagerly await these breakthroughs. As of 2015, 48 million people worldwide are living with dementia. This number is forecasted to reach an estimated 76 million individuals in 2030, and will almost triple by 2050.

Award-Winning Technology

Findings from a study led by Toronto Rehab Scientist Dr. Frank Rudzicz, and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, have resulted in a new technology that analyzes a person's natural speech to detect and monitor Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders. The new technology uses artificial intelligence to analyze about 400 variables, such as pitch, tone, prosody (rhythm), and rate of speech, as well as pauses and choice of words. In the laboratory, the software can reliably identify Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and aphasia with between 85% and 100% accuracy. The new technology, developed by Winterlight Labs with Dr. Rudzicz, has won the AGE-WELL Pitch Competition: Technology to Support People with Dementia. 

Appeared in Canada NewsWire on July 26, 2016

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In Photo: Dr. Frank Rudzicz with Ludwig, the robot he and his team developed to track and monitor signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia. View on CTV News

Falls Prevention

Toronto Rehab scientist Dr. Babak Taati is presenting his work this July at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016; the world's largest forum for the dementia research community. Dr. Taati and his colleagues developed a tool to assess walking patterns and stability in adults with dementia to predict the risk of falling.

Defining Research Priorities

Led by Toronto Rehab senior scientist Dr. Katherine McGilton, with postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Jennifer Bethell, the Canadian Priority Setting Partnership is inviting Canadians affected by dementia (patients, caregivers and health-care providers) to help identify top research priorities to guide researchers and the organizations that fund them.  They are asking “what research matters most” to help improve prevention, diagnosis, treatment and the quality of life for those impacted by this disease.

Appeared in Hospital News July 25, 2016

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