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.
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.
We offer the full spectrum of NIRS devices, and all our devices can be mixed and matched to create your optimal setup within the same software. To aid you in finding the right device for your research we have drafted this comparative table below with the most important specifications for each device.
Watch how comfortable the Brite is, even for babies! #fNIRS
You can win a Brite system for your research project! What do you need to do? We ask you to write a short proposal, 2 pages maximum, of your research project. The most outstanding proposal will win Artinis Brite for the entire duration of your data collection period.
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.
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