Behind the Science
We conduct in-house research to develop bespoke machine learning tools for assessing cognition and dementia risk, and to keep our product responsive to our users’ needs and backgrounds.
Our first two academic papers describe work done in collaboration with researchers from Tallaght University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and the University of Oxford, UK. We designed an online questionnaire that collected detailed demographic information like age, gender, education and household income from adults aged 50-91 years. The questionnaire also assessed the level of awareness of lifestyle risk factors for dementia, the prevalence of these risk factors, and the barriers that people face in overcoming them.
This extensive research was the basis of two scientific articles published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Our first published study based on this questionnaire was titled "Modifiable risk factors for dementia, and awareness of brain health behaviors: Results from the Five Lives Brain Health Ireland Survey (FLBHIS)".
Overall, the study showed there is still much to be done to raise awareness of modifiable risk factors for dementia. Given that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay up to 40% of dementia cases, we must continue to educate and empower individuals to take control of their brain health.
Our second study, based on the questionnaire data, was titled "Barriers to brain health behaviours: results from the Five Lives Brain Health Ireland Survey".
This study showed that people face unique challenges in improving their lifestyle and brain health, depending on their sex, age, income and education. It highlights the need for personalised public lifestyle interventions for improving brain health.
Our multidisciplinary science team brings expertise from the fields of psychiatry, neuroscience, cognitive psychology, genetics, epidemiology and machine learning.
Dr Jennifer Barnett
Research psychologist and cognitive epidemiologist Jenny ensures our scientific activities meet the highest standards.
Dr Ivan Koychev
NHS psychiatrist Ivan uses his medical expertise to provide clinical oversight.
Psychiatric epidemiologist and data scientist Jessica Irving uses machine learning to assess cognition and to predict dementia risk.
Dr Philip Vassilev
Research psychologist Philip uses behavioural data to enhance users’ brain health and lifestyle.