UK-Japan industrial engagement activity on novel methods for monitoring cognitive health

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PST Inc. ("PST") and the Usher Institute based at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, (the "Usher Institute") are working together to develop a new method of monitoring and diagnosing cognitive function by analyzing language and voice (the "research project"), conducted by Sofia De La Fuente Garcia and Dr. Saturnino Luz of the Usher Institute. The research project will commence this summer following the successful application for funding support from the UK’s Medical Research Council ("MRC").

A pressing challenge for mature societies is to realize accurate and early diagnosis of central nervous system diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease ("CNS diseases"), and the introduction of effective preventive measures regardless of differences in borders and cultures. Dr. Luz, based at the Usher Institute, is a world leader in the field of mental illness pathology analysis research by language and voice; his main research aim is the prevention and early diagnosis of CNS diseases. Through this research project, we will pursue establishing language and voice analysis methods. We will also conduct research aiming to apply this methodology to Japanese-speaking societies with different linguistic and cultural characteristics. 

Period25 Jun 2020

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  • TitleJapan-UK industry-academia collaboration in "Innovative monitoring method of cognitive function based on speech analysis"
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPRTimes Japan
    Media typePrint
    DescriptionIn Japanese:

    PersonsSaturnino Luz Filho, Koji Endo, Hiroshi Otsuka