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.
In 2016 dr. Chris McKnight approached Artinis with the idea to measure NIRS under water on wild animals. Initially there was some skepticism, since our devices are not intended to be taken underwater, let alone on a wild animals. However, we really liked the challenge and together with the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) of the University of St. Andrews we created a submersible NIRS-sensor specifically for the seals.
Imagine a person wearing a Brite and playing a demanding video game. This video game is difficult, and the mental workload is increasing drastically. Changes in blood volume, or hemodynamic changes, which are associated with the increase in workload is registered using the Brite. This blog will expand on how a NIRS-based BCI works and what researchers have made possible using NIRS-based BCI.
The third Artinis NIRS Symposium was a big success with valuable participants & fascinating NIRS discussions. Keep informed for ARTscientific 2019 impressions here and on our social media pages and see you at the next ARTscientific!
We like to incorporate the user from the very first beginning in our development process. Talking with researchers and clinicians, we get to know what’s driving them and what their expectations and suggestions are for our devices. We are constantly trying to understand their feelings and see the world from their perspective to optimize our NIRS devices. One way of doing this is observing and questioning the user that is working with the device, and subject that is wearing the NIRS device. This way, we are trying to gain new insights for existing and future NIRS products.
In this project we will focus on one of the most disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, freezing of gait – episodic absence or reduction in the ability to produce an effective stepping in spite of the intention to walk (Nutt et al., 2011).
Short separation channels are the new trend in fNIRS. However, what is the functionality of such a short separation channel in brain oxygenation research?
A special thanks to our customers who published so many articles with our (f)NIRS devices and we hope you will keep on publishing in the future!
The Sophia Bus was an idea pitched by researchers from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology within Erasmus MC-Sophia Children’s Hospital. As a national expertise center for many rare neurodevelopmental syndromes, children all over the Netherlands need to travel all the way to Rotterdam frequently to participate in research studies. The Sophia bus minimizes the burden for these patients by offering the solution to this problem: a mobile research lab that carries researchers to the patients’ doorstep.
fNIRS, as a neuroimaging method, was introduced more than two decades ago. Innovation in equipment, tools, and methods based on related-neuroimaging methods is increasing thanks to several companies and academic laboratories. The use of fNIRS in future research practices will aid in advancing modern investigations of human brain function. Connectivity measures will contribute to the field of neuroscience and a multimodal imaging approach is likely required.
Thanks to the very generous gifts of local companies and private individuals during the ‘Lichtjesactie’ (translates as ‘Candles project’) that was organized during Christmas time last year by the Stichting Vrienden van Sophia, the Sophia Childrens hospital were able to buy a camper van, which has been remodeled and transformed into a mobile research lab under close guidance of dr. Sabine Mous.