UWF Team Develops Goggles for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s

A team of UWF scientists and engineers has developed pulsed medical LED goggles for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease. James Arruda started making the goggles two years ago to detect how the brain responds to a flash of light, which could be an early indication of a seizure disorder or Alzheimer’s dementia. For example, delayed signaling in one area of the brain suggests the person has mild cognitive impairment, an early stage of Alzheimer’s.

Arruda knew the goggles needed to be enhanced for people that are color deficient. “Not everyone has all four types of visual receptors…. So we are attempting to tailor the physical properties of the light to maximize the response of someone’s visual receptors so we can get an appropriate response from the brain.” The team includes Muhammad Harunur Rashid, Mohamed Khabou, and Aaron Wade.

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