elminda, Villages Health joint study receives Erickson Foundation aging award


A joint research project between closely-held elminda of Israel and The Villages Health of Florida will receive the prestigious Erickson Foundation Award for Excellence in Aging Research at the upcoming 2018 American Public Health Association annual meeting being held November 9-17 in San Diego.

The award-winning manuscript highlights the results of a study to evaluate the capability and potential of elminda’s Brain Network Analytics (BNA) platform to reliably assess cognitive function in older adults, distinguish normal cognitive decline from the early stages of abnormal disease process, and detect cognitive deterioration over time.

The study demonstrated the potential for utilizing BNA assessment for early detection of brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive Impairment, and for characterizing significant differentiation between healthy aging brains and those experiencing adverse outcomes.

“As awareness and acceptance of BNA among clinicians and researchers continues to grow, we believe it has the potential to become the go-to analysis tool to diagnose and early detect brain functional problems, as well as a standardize way to measure the impact of therapeutic intervention on brain disorders,” Ronen Gadot, CEO of elminda, said in a statement.

Carla VandeWeerd, director of research for The Villages Health and an associate professor at the University of South Florida, who was one of the study’s principal investigators, said that for diseases like Alzheimer’s for which there is no cure, but only disease-slowing treatment, “detecting changes at the earliest possible signs may be critical in finding effective therapy.”

Michelle Carr