BrainSightAI's monthly newsletter brings you the latest news and opinions from the world of neuroscience, psychology and deep technology to medical science.

A Radical New Model of the Brain

Scientists armed with network neuroscience may be able to predict who will develop a particular disease, understand the brain processes underlying its symptoms, and design better treatments for it.

Power to the People: AI to Solve Real Human Problems

The specifics of an algorithm may fade in importance but the principles of interactive machine learning are fundamental to the field. Using active learning, allowing for humans to select the learning path and classifiers for computers and enabling algorithms to explain classification results are principles that will help you start your journey towards embracing AI for solving real world problems.

Talking about mental health

We might think that sadness is a telltale sign of depression but anhedonia, or the lack of pleasure in daily activities is a early marker of depression. Watch this conversation between Shradha Sharma, Founder YourStory and Dr Santosh Chaturvedi, NIMHANS for more.

Vocabulary of Mental Disorders: The RDoC Perspective

Mental disorders, unlike other medical illnesses and diseases, don’t have a clear “cause”. Hence, the current method of diagnosis of mental disorders, through popular tools like the DSM and ICD, is largely symptom-based. In 2009, as a response to the several issues with the current conceptualization of mental disorders, researchers at NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) launched the RDoC project. RDoC is a research framework that aims to move beyond symptoms and conceptualize mental disorders in terms of various domains of functioning.

What We Read

A round-up of all we've read this week. Articles cover the problems with RDoC, the challenges with diagnosing Bipolar Disorder and how emotional distress can't be understood by brain chemistry.

Product Update | Voxelbox

VoxelBox is our rs-fMRI preprocessing platform that brings ease of access and speed of analysis for clinical use. Our outlook for the next 6 months for VoxelBox is to do extensive outreach with neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists for co-creating models for most common use-cases. We also continue to work on applying for grants to fund clinical trials. Our BIRAC funded study with MAX Hospital is going live shortly.

Product Update | Snowdrop

Intensive feedback from doctors, patients and caregivers helped us release a new version of our mobile app! Snowdrop is a companion app for patients to provide triangulated reports about their health and disposition. Clinicians can easily track mood and sleep to get quick insights about patient well being between sessions.

Events | Psyked

Last month we launched Psyked, a community of people interested in machine learning, neuroscience and psychology.

Our first session on Aug 4, was a Masterclass by Dr. Rimjhim Agarwal, Co-founder and CTO, BrainSightAI on Patents. Dr. Agarwal laid out the guidelines about what counts as an invention and offered tips on how to go about the patenting process, discussion costs involved and types of patents.

Our second session on Aug 28 was an ExpertSpeak by Dr. Abhimanyu Chandak, Consulting Psychiatrist, BrainSightAI. Dr. Chandak touched upon ICD and DSM as symptom based classifactory systems. He focussed on how RDoC attempts a holistic diagnosis by bringing in multiple domains of functioning. Watch the session here.

If you'd like to be part of our future Psyked sessions, please sign up here so we can keep you informed.

Till next time,
Team BrainSightAI

Dr. Abhimanyu Chandak, consulting psychiatrist, BrainSightAI in conversation with Kriti Jain, Research Associate, BrainSightAI.