Brain, Food and virtual reality
"Food is important for a healthy development of body and brain. But how do we get an insight into what nutrition is good for us?"
As of this month, Artinis will participate in a new scientific project called BriteN. Together with researchers from the Donders Institute from the Radboud University, UMC Nijmegen, TNO, Mead Johnson Nutrition and companies Metris and Green Dino we will work on developing a platform to test the effects of food interventions on the brain development.
This project aims to reduce the risk of obesity in children and lower the chance on developing a metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is associated with the increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Virtual reality-tests will be created to measure cognitive development of children and to assess their risk of developing obesity. Special attention is paid to the difference between boys and girls.
The role of Artinis
Artinis will provide a user-friendly, plug-and-play device to measure the effect of cognitive interventions for children using our portable NIRS. With our devices it is possible to monitor brain activity without the use of large intimidating scanners, making it especially child-friendly. Our engineers are thrilled to work on such a groundbreaking project. It will be top-notch.
We will keep you posted!
The BriteN project is subsidised by OP-Oost.
As an application Specialist at Artinis Medical Systems I get asked a lot what the differences are between lasers and LEDs. So, therefore a small blog to answer this question once and for all. Both laser and LED have their specific pros and cons. It depends very much on your research requirements what technique is best for you. I have broken down the differences in measuring depth, portability, pricing, wavelengths and safety in this blog.
Watch how easy setting up your Brite is!
The Brite is the only wearable fNIRS device worldwide that can measure the oxy-, deoxy- and total hemoglobin in every part of the head, e.g. prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, or visual cortex.
The artificial induction of ischemia (from Greek, meaning stopping/keeping back blood) was first shown to help protect cardiac muscle from injury in later occurring episodes of ischemia by Charles Murry and colleagues in 1986. This technique came to be called ischemic preconditioning (IPC).
EEG and fNIRS are complementary measuring techniques. EEG measures electrophysiological brain activation, that is the electromagnetic field created when neurons in the brain are firing. fNIRS measures the hemodynamic response, that is the change of oxygen in the blood when a brain region becomes active. By combining EEG and fNIRS, a more complete picture of brain activity is obtained: activation of neurons and energy demand of neurons.
Over the years we have developed both hardware-based and software-based options for data synchronization. In this blog we will explore the different options and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.
A common question we get from our customers is what is a baseline and how to use it. Generally with fNIRS, the absolute values are arbitrary. The period before a stimulus is often referred to as the baseline. In this blog we will describe the do's and don'ts of baselines.
At Artinis we consider ultimate success to be good publications by our customers. To see how we are doing we have systematically searched Google Scholar for NIRS and fNIRS publications.
An insight guide into NIRS head-cap development by our designer Wout Kregting
Get an impression of our latest fNIRS device on Youtube.