The Quantu Project develops predictive models that map daily human activity and social behaviors to the formation of new neurons.
We are currently recruiting for a 2-year pilot study in healthy volunteers across age groups. This pilot study will enable us to test and validate new technologies that will subsequently be applied to study and inform the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia.
To streamline the recruitment process, please apply using the form below.
Feel free to contact us with questions at any time:qutubLab@gmail.com or email@example.com 713-348-8089qutubLab.org
Please scroll down to see the volunteer role descriptions below, and check which role you are applying for.
Benefits:- Fitness device to keep (for those who do not already have one)- Individualized predictive model of activity
Benefits:- Fitness device to keep (for those who do not already have one)- Individualized living neural network model - Individualized predictive models for activity- Access to lab tours and updates on the project
Benefits:- Fitness device to keep (for those who do not already have one)- Individualized predictive model for activity and social usage
Q: When does the study start?A: The study is recruiting now (July 2017-current). Individual participants can start once they have been contacted and provided more detailed information by us; this includes signing permission forms and receiving the fitness devices.
Q: Do I need to start volunteering for the study this summer?A: No. We're recruiting through 2018.
Q: What is the name Quantu for?A: Quantu is a world map, or in this case a computer-generated (quantitative) mapping of an individual (you or tu) from daily behavior to cell signatures. Quantu is not an acronym.
Q: What age groups are you looking for?A: A distribution of ages, both young and older volunteers
Q: What are you ultimately hoping to find by this study?A: This is a pilot study, to validate the methods. The larger goal of this research is to identify whether specific biomarkers of new neuron formation link to daily activity patterns.
Q: Why is this information useful?A: To understand what molecules, behaviors or processes underlie normal adult neural cell behavior, and what goes wrong in diseases that affect cognition (e.g., like dementia)
Q: Why activity tracking by fitness wearables?A: Wearable technology provides access to quantitative data on human behaviors that research studies have linked to cognitive health (e.g., sleep, walking, blood pressure, blood oxygenation, social behavior).
Q: What are my chances of being accepted as a volunteer?A: We are excited by the numbers of people who contacted us to volunteer for this pilot study so far. We won't know what percent of people will be accepted, however we aim for a starting cohort of 14 full study healthy volunteers, and 100 tracking-only volunteers.
Q: Are there opportunities to learn about the science behind the study?A: Yes, we host an annual hands-on lab workshop (https://qutublab.org/neuro/) and tutorials on data analysis (https://qutublab.org/dataworkshops/) and publish on our methods & the results of our studies (https://qutublab.org/publications.html/). We also will offer tours for full study volunteers to learn more about our work and technologies.