Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Savonix, digital cognitive assessment company located in San Francisco, have announced the Alzheimer’s Disease Discovery Study (ASSIST) Study, a three-year study of brain health and related factors.
The ASSIST Study will digitally collect cognitive data, health history and lifestyle tracking data from 400,000 individuals with an emphasis on diversity. It is the first-ever wholly digital population health study that captures data from multiple wearable technologies together with sensitive neuropsychology tests to examine how risks for dementia cluster to produce diseases like Alzheimer’s.
“Where most studies related to Alzheimer’s and dementia focus on small populations of a few thousand, the ASSIST Study will use the Savonix mobile platform to gather data from hundreds of thousands of diverse participants,” says Mylea Charvat, PhD, CEO and founder, Savonix.
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Although there have been hundreds of studies focused on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, most of this research has examined small groups of similar people, according to Charvat.