The Neurofeedback for the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (NPAD) study is a European project, led by Dr. Stavros Skouras, which combines two technologies: virtual reality and neuroretroalimentation. Its objective is to use these techniques to establish partnerships between performing a series of brain training tasks and the presence of certain biomarkers and other data related to Alzheimer's disease.
To carry out the study, Dr. Skouras has created an application that allows you to see how the brain of the participants in the study interacts, while they are in the magnetic resonance, strolling virtually through a forest for 30 minutes. In the video that appears on this page, Dr. Skouras explains the details of the project and shows how the application that he has developed works.
The project involved about one hundred cognitively healthy people, between 45 and 75 years, from the Alpha Study. In addition to the interactive magnetic resonance test, participants have performed a series of cognitive tests at the beginning of the study and 14 months later.
NPAD is carried out at BBRC, with the collaboration of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant number 707730, in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Union.
Principal Investigator of NPAD
Stavros Skouras, neurologist and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow of the Neuroimaging Research Group, led by Juan Domingo Gispert.
UPDATE: The study ended in 2018.