Engineering Faculty Member Lavonda Brown Is Using Technology To Predict Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Lavonda Brown, Photo courtesy of LSU

Louisiana State University (LSU) faculty member Dr. Lavonda Brown is using technology to predict Alzheimer's disease.

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According to LSU's website, Brown started working at the university in January of this year as an assistant professor in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Previously, Dr. Brown worked as a research assistant for Emory Health Aging Study. It was here that she worked on visual paired comparison(VPC) a recognition memory test with the potential to detect memory impairments potentially associated with mild cognitive impairment (MPI).

Her work continued when she took the new role at LSU. Dr. Brown is currently working with a team of scientists to discover "low cost, easily accessible hardware and software that monitors the eye gaze of patients while viewing image sets." She explains the similarities between patients with MCI and the potential to progress to Alzheimer's below.

“Because patients with MCI often progress to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the VPC may be useful in predicting the onset of AD,” Brown said. “VPC uses noninvasive eye tracking to identify how subjects view novel and repeated visual stimuli.”

Brown received a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Norfolk State University and a masters and doctoral degree in engineering from Georgia Tech.
In her first five years, Brown hopes to establish a successful lab on Healthcare Robotics and Instrumentation.

Kudos to her for being a trailblazer on this amazing work!

You can continue reading Dr. Brown's story here.

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