At The Villages Health (TVH), we’re proud to have many doctors on our team who’ve published research in their areas of interest. A vast majority have trained and worked at academic medical centers where patient care, academics, and research were all part of their day-to-day responsibilities. All of our care team members participate in continuous learning and practice the most current evidence-based medicine.
Research is one way that TVH is helping to make The Villages® “America’s Healthiest Hometown®.” We’ve launched a two-year study focused on understanding the aging brain and identifying changes in the brain that may indicate disease onset.
The TVH research team, in partnership with ElMindA Ltd., is using an innovative system called Brain Network Activation (BNA) to understand the brain health of older adults. Our research study allows us to collect data on healthy aging brains, as well as data on the way depression and cognitive impairment, like Alzheimer’s disease, affect brain function in later life. This clinical trial is one of the first in its field using this brain-mapping technology.
To date, Brain Network Activation has been successful in helping to treat concussions in populations between 18 and 25, as BNA testing allows providers to see 3D images of brain function. With this data, health providers can more easily tell when a person’s brain has fully recovered from concussion impact and is once again functioning at 100 percent. This allows doctors to be sure that players are ready to get back to sports and other physical activities without risk for additional injury.
If you have interest in learning more about this study or being a participant, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-247-2493.