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CoMSAT: A Cognitive and Motor Symptom Assessment Tool for Prediction of Cognitive Dysfunction in Neurological Patients

Researchers: Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino, PhD student Brittany Child and Dr Irina Baetu - University of Adelaide

Current fundraising for vital equipment to aid in TBI, stroke, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases.

To diagnose neurological conditions (e.g., stroke), clinicians rely upon gold-standard assessments to determine the nature and severity of motor and cognitive impairment. These tools comprise clinical rating scales, which are based on observation alone, rather than objective measures. Our research will develop comprehensive motor assessment tools that use accessible technologies – such as smartphones, iPads and Nintendo Wii devices – to reliably measure motor functions affected in neurological injury and disease. These will complement our existing cognitive tests; together, these will form the Cognitive and Motor Symptom Assessment Tool (CoMSAT), which will provide objective measures of impairment that could predict an individual’s current and projected disease states.

Total cost = $33,815

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1. A screenshot of our custom Wii software, which interfaces with the Nintendo Wii remote and balance board to measure tremor, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and balance.

2. A screenshot of our custom tapping task software, which is administered on iPad and provides another measure of bradykinesia.

3. A photograph of a patient completing a Wii balance board assessment as part of preliminary testing undertaken in June.

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