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Former NASA Astronaut and Space Shuttle Commander Pamela Melroy to Join AnthroTronix Board

SILVER SPRING, Md. – AnthroTronix, an engineering research and development firm committed to optimizing the interaction between people and technology, announced today the addition of retired United States Air Force Colonel and former Astronaut Pamela Melroy to its Board of Directors. Melroy is founder and CEO of Melroy & Hollett Technology Partners. Prior to this position, she was with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2013 to 2017, serving as deputy director of the Tactical Technology Office. Before DARPA, Melroy was a senior technical advisor and director of field operations for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Prior to this she also worked as deputy program manager of Space Exploration Initiatives for Lockheed Martin. “We are thrilled to add such an accomplished individual to the AnthroTronix board,” said Dr. Cori Lathan, founder and CEO of AnthroTronix. “Colonel Melroy brings unmatched knowledge and experience to our organization as we continue to leverage 18 years of groundbreaking research and development related to advanced interface technology and human performance.” As an Air Force pilot, Melroy is a veteran of Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. She attended the Air Force Test Pilot School and was assigned to the C-17 Combined Test Force and served as a test pilot until her selection for the astronaut program. Melroy has logged over 5,000 hours of flight time in over 50 different aircraft. During her time at NASA, Melroy completed three spaceflight missions on the International Space Station to conduct repairs and install new equipment. She served as pilot on two of the flights and as mission commander on her last,... read more

New Study Highlights Adverse Effect on Neurocognitive Tests in Military Population

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A first-of-its-kind study of active-duty military using DANATM, a mobile, neurocognitive assessment tool, found that scores on self-administrated psychological assessments had a negative impact on a variety of neurocognitive tests. The study, “Computerized cognitive testing norms in active-duty military personnel: Potential for contamination by psychologically unhealthy individuals,” published in Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, suggests that effects of the increased incidence of behavioral health issues in active-duty military should be controlled for when determining normative datasets in this population. Researchers administered DANATM to 808 active-duty service members, ages 18-64 with 71 percent being male. Study participants self-administered three clinical psychological assessments ― Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-Military (PCL-M), the Patient Health Questionnaire 8 (PHQ-8) to assess depression, and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The researchers then examined performance on eight cognitive tests to evaluate the effect of self-reported sleep disturbance, depression and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “PTSD, depression, and disturbed sleep are common psychological issues affecting military personnel,” said AnthroTronix CEO Cori Lathan. “What we found was a direct negative impact on cognitive function when study participants self-reported these issues. These factors may distort normative data in this population and should be considered along with basic demographic characteristics.” Results showed that 13 percent of participants scored within clinical range on the PCL-M (score ≥34 for “moderate PTS”), six percent within clinical range on the PHQ-8 (score ≥10 for “major depression”), and 48 percent within clinical range on the PSQI (score ≥5 for “poor sleep quality”). Researchers observed that PCL-M scores were also negatively associated with performance on many neurocognitive tests and associations among PCL-M, PHQ-8, and PSQI scores.... read more

AnthroTronix and Nview Health Collaboration Powers Seamless Assessment of Cognition and Behavioral Health

AnthroTronix and Nview Health Collaboration Powers Seamless Assessment of Cognition and Behavioral Health — Provides Consistent Measurement of Cognitive and Behavioral Health in One Place — SILVER SPRING, Md. – AnthroTronix and Nview Health announced today they have partnered to combine two technologies to test both a person’s cognitive function and their behavioral health. Used together, these technologies can provide healthcare practitioners with better insight into a person’s complete behavioral health and wellness. AnthroTronix’s DANA TM is an FDA cleared clinical neurocognitive assessment tool that uses a smartphone or tablet to measure and monitor changes in a person’s brain/cognitive function. The app can help clinicians track cognitive function for conditions such as depression, dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. “Cognitive function and behavioral health are closely linked,” said AnthroTronix CEO Cori Lathan. “Our behavioral health status effects our cognitive efficiency so to get a clear picture of a person’s brain health, it’s important to test both. Our partnership with Nview Health now enables healthcare providers the ability to do that.” Nview’s diagnostic instrument, the M.I.N.I. — Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview — is a short, structured diagnostic interview designed to evaluate the most common DSM-5 and ICD-10 psychiatric disorders. It enables healthcare professionals to rapidly deliver a behavioral health diagnosis and has been used in patient care and clinical research for more than 25 years. “Our partnership with AnthroTronix now allows us to measure an individual’s cognitive status, which is essential to the care and treatment of behavioral health disorders,” said Nview Health Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Thomas R. Young, M.D. ### About AnthroTronix AnthroTronix, an engineering research and development company, produces human-centered technologies that advance health, communication, education, and defense. We... read more

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