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Published on Oct 14, 2015
UCSF’s Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, UCSF Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, has created a cutting-edge approach to improving brain health – a new class of medicine – by building a bridge between neurosciences and consumer friendly technologies, including video games. Take a peek inside the Neuroscape Lab, an interactive clinical media lab, to see how video games are being developed to support treatment of brain disorders such as ADHD, Autism, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. Adam directs the Neuroscape Lab (https://neuroscape.ucsf.edu/) which is being developed to offer the scientific community a unique, state-of-the-art research suite to study novel neuro-diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, with the primary goal of driving rapid translation of neuroscience to real-world solutions for improving brain health and allowing us to perform at the highest level of our abilities.
Two video games developed by Adam and his team have shown promising results in recent studies and have garnered support from the NIH. Neuroracer is a multitasking trainer platform that improves attention and working memory abilities. It is currently going through the FDA approval process and could become the first video game that doctors can prescribe for conditions such as ADHD. Body Brain Trainer (BBT) is a gaming platform that incorporates both physical and cognitive training attributes that has potential applications for Parkinson’s and MS.