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Boston Cognitive Solutions

About Us

Boston Cognitive Solutions is a not-for-profit company dedicated to building effective, efficient and free mobile tools to monitor cognitive neurological status. We are currently working on improving three iPad apps — CNToolkit, iBOCA and New Boston Naming Test — that were developed by the founders of Boston Cognitive Solutions in conjunction with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center over three years. We plan to make these tools widely available to neurologists, general practitioners, caregivers and patients.

Mission

With a rapidly aging population whom have an increasing life expectancy, cognitive degenerative diseases are poised to have a devastating impact on the US population in the coming decades. Our vision is a world in which tools that can monitor the mental status of seniors that can easily and cheaply track the conditions along with identifying deterioration and the need for intervention are widely available. This would allow for much more accurate and intensive assessment and tracking of cognitive abilities.

Our Team

Founders

Seth Amarasinghe

Founder, CEO and Board Member, Boston Cognitive Solutions
Senior, Weston High School, Weston, MA.

Seth developed his first cognitive testing program in 8th grade in return for a pack of Magic the gathering cards. One of the applications was used in a clinical trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and he is acknowledged in the subsequent publication. The success of the applications led Dr. Daniel Press to propose modernizing a host of paper based tests used by Neurologist. For the next three years Seth, with two of his schoolmates, developed iPad apps CNToolkit, iBOCA and New Boston Naming Test. Seth is taking a gap year to focus his full attention on Boston Cognitive Solutions.

Izzy Aslarus

Co-Founder and Director of Test Development, Boston Cognitive Solutions
Senior, Weston High School, Weston, MA
Rising Freshman, Harvard University

Ellison Lim

Co-Founder and Director of Testing, Boston Cognitive Solutions
Senior, Weston High School, Weston, MA
Rising Freshman, Colby College.

Ellison has always been interested in cognitive science, whether it be research or testing. He joined the CNToolkit team at the start of his junior year to assist with building, and testing the App. He’s interested in working with Boston Cognitive Solutions over the summer to work on applying the applications to patients.

Board of Directors

Daniel Press, MD

President, Boston Cognitive Solutions
Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Cognitive Neurology Unit, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Daniel is a cognitive neurologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate studies, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for his medical training. His research interests include developing new treatments for the cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease; and determining the effect of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease on motor learning.

Chun Lim, MD, Ph.D.

Secretary, Boston Cognitive Solutions
Assistant Professor, Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Cognitive Neurology Fellowship Training Program, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Chun is a staff physician in the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He got his A.B. from Wesleyan University, and M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research interests involve understanding the effects of frontal lobes injury on memory and the role of seizures in consolidation of memory.

Anna Cole

Treasurer, Boston Cognitive Solutions
CFO, CO-OP Cooperative Development

Anna is a seasoned financial professional in the healthcare and eldercare industry. She got her BS from Johnson and Wales University and Masters in Management from University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Seth Amarasinghe

Founder and CEO, Boston Cognitive Solutions

Seth developed his first cognitive testing program in 8th grade in return for a pack of Magic the gathering cards. One of the applications was used in a clinical trial at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and he is acknowledged in the subsequent publication. The success of the applications led Dr. Daniel Press to propose modernizing a host of paper based tests used by Neurologist. For the next three years Seth, with two of his schoolmates, developed iPad apps CNToolkit, iBOCA and New Boston Naming Test. Seth is taking a gap year to focus his full attention on Boston Cognitive Solutions.

Vidya Jayawardena, MD

Assistant Professor, Tufts Medical Center.

Vidya is a spinal cord injury specialist at the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital. She did her medical studies at St. George's University School of Medicine.

Saman Amarasinghe Ph.D.

Professor of Computer Science, MIT

Saman is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University and his MSEE and Ph.D from Stanford University. His research interests are in programming languages and performance engineering.

Regina Barzilay, Ph.D.

Delta Electronics Professor of Computer Science, MIT

Regina Barzilay is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in natural language processing. She is also working on applying machine learning techniques to oncology. Regina is a recipient of various awards including of the NSF Career Award, the MIT Technology Review TR-35 Award, Microsoft Faculty Fellowship and several Best Paper Awards in top NLP conferences. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and spent a year as a postdoc at Cornell University.

Heidi Wyle, MBA, Ph.D.

CEO, Venti Technologies

Heidi is a seasoned healthcare executive and was the founder and CEO of two successful biotech related startups. She got her B.Sc. from Brown University, MS in Health/Medical Physics and Ph.D. from MIT and MBA from Harvard University.

Staff

Seth Amarasinghe

Founder, CEO and Board Member

Seth is a graduate of Weston High School and is taking a gap year to focus on Boston Cognitive Solutions.

Izzy Aslarus

Co-Founder and Director of Test Development

Izzy is a graduate of Weston High School and will be a freshman at Harvard University.

Ellison Lim

Co-Founder and Director of Testing

Ellison is a graduate of Weston High School and will be a freshman at Colby College.

Adam Maimon

Member of the Technical Staff

Adam is a graduate of Weston High School and a rising freshman at Bentley College.

Vincent Dong

Member of the Technical Staff

Vincent is a graduate of Weston High School and a rising freshman at Bowdoin College.

Connor Goggins

Member of the Technical Staff

Connor is a graduate of Weston High School and will be attending Tufts University.

Arda Cataltepe

Member of the Technical Staff and the Fundraising Lead

Arda is a rising Junior at Weston High School.

Kevin Senanayake

Member of the Technical Staff and the Testing Protocol Lead

Kevin is a rising Senior at Lakeside High School in Washington.

Help Us

Donate to our Mission

With a rapidly aging population of baby-boomers, neurodegenerative diseases are poised to have a devastating impact on the world population in the coming decades. Tools for establishing early identification of mental deterioration and onset of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are of critical importance. As of right now almost every mental status assessment costs thousands of dollars and current paper-based tests are quickly becoming outdated.

We are introducing the revolutionary, next generation of mental status assessment: the CNToolkit and iBoca apps. In addition to being able to collect more accurate and advanced data through the capabilities that the iPad platform offers, the apps that Boston Cognitive Solutions (BCS) are developing will be some of the only open source and free medical software available. The founders of BCS are all newly graduated high school seniors who have spent their weekends and summers developing the iPad apps for cognitive testing over the last four years. They worked closely with leading neurologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard affiliated hospital, and computer science professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our first app, Cognitive Neurology Toolkit (or CNToolkit), created while we were high school sophomores, won the Congressional App Challenge from MA District 5 in 2015. CNToolkit and our new app Interactive Boston Cognitive Assessment (iBoca), implement 18 cognitive tests as simple, intuitive and accurate iPad-based tools.

Our vision is a world in which tools enable us to monitor the mental status of seniors, easily track their conditions, and identify deterioration along with the need for intervention. We envision these tools as mobile apps which are open-source and free as well as widely available on any smartphone or tablet. We want to use modern data analysis and machine learning techniques to make these tools simple and more accurate for intensive assessment and tracking of cognitive abilities.

While our apps are in clinical use today, for them to be truly useful, the results need to be normalized to produce clinically relevant data points. In order to achieve this, we must collect data on a large population with varying demographics and clinical diagnoses, and use statistical methods to find correlations. The multi-dimensional and high-volume data gathering built into the apps make it possible to use machine learning to detect previously unknown correlations and reduce the test time while increasing accuracy. Therefore, our goal is to build an accurate, simple, fast, and free suite of cognitive evaluation tools that will be widely used by neurologists, general practitioners and caregivers.

The money raised will go to data gathering and data analysis that is essential for CNToolkit and iBoca to become truly useable tools for the community. We are hiring a group of 8 enthusiastic and brilliant summer interns who are high school seniors and undergraduates. The money will be used to pay a small stipend for the interns. In addition, we will be using some money to pay for an IRB, to buy iPads for the interns to test patients on, and for HIPPA compliant cloud data storage and processing. Tests will be administered to patients at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, its affiliates, and to the general population in malls, senior centers etc. Following that, we plan to analyze the data gathered and make the tests more clinically useful. We are asking for your donation to help with our mission, to carry out the data gathering on a large number of people, and to build a free suite of cognitive assessment tools. Your contribution will help us further the science of cognitive assessment, make a small dent in the cost of medical care, and improve the quality of life of our aging population.

The no overhead donation option is to send a check payable to Boston Cognitive Solutions. Inc. to 44 River Road, Weston, MA 02493.

Or use the following link for paypal and credit card donations

Boston Cognitive Solutions is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) corporation, a tax-excempt public charity under 170(b)I1)(A)(vi). We will send you a receipt for your tax purposes.

CNToolkit

This app is designed as a bedside tool to provide better care for patients with or without a wide array of neurological conditions. The app does this by testing specific cognitive functions that can be disrupted in neurological disorders. It targets areas such as: naming, spatial working memory, spatial neglect, face recognition and semantic knowledge. Digitization allows for self-grading, accurate measurements, easily compiled results, along with more detailed analysis. The iPad allows for easy transport on a daily basis and coupled with the fact that results can be directly mailed to the subject or doctor for easy access upon the tests’ completion, it makes CNToolkit much more convenient than conventional methods.
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iBOCA

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