Dementia app to become next-generation screening tool

25-11-2020

Mindset4Dementia is a community-driven artificial intelligence (AI) initiative that gives you the chance to join the fight against dementia.

A team of students and doctors, led by University College London (UCL) have launched the app, which uses fun brain games to screen people for signs of dementia.

Completing these tasks teaches the AI how the brain works. The data can then be used by a future AI to become a next-generation dementia screening tool. Whatever your age or health status, your combination makes a big difference.

How it works

The app is free to download from the app store, and asks users a series of questions around age, health and lifestyle, before getting them to complete a series of playful cognitive exercises.

Anyone can take part even if you don't have dementia as the results will teach the AI how a brain works and it becomes a little more intelligent in what normal and healthy looks like.

The founder, Hamzah Selim, a 4th year UCL medical student, said: "We have ensured the data we are gathering is scientifically robust. Each person who uses the Mindset4Dementia app is generating lots of exciting clinical data, which can then teach an AI how the brain works, making it better at noticing when something isn't quite right."

An invaluable future tool

The app screens for neurological anomalies and uses AI to flag clinically relevant findings accurately. At the moment users are not diagnosed, but the data collected, combined with the AI capability, is enabling the researchers to evolve the app into a next-generation dementia screening tool, which could diagnose patients in their own home.

Dementia is a significant and growing problem in the UK, particularly for people over the age of 65. There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, and this figure is projected to rise to 1.6 million by 2040.

If you would like to take part, the app is free to download and will be a significant step in the right direction in making the "world's largest dementia AI initiative".


Image credit: Mindset4Dementia