Biogen Launches Study to Find Out if Apple Watch and iPhone Can Detect Declining Cognitive Health

Biotechnology company Biogen today announced the launch of a new Apple Watch study in partnership with Apple that is aimed at investigating the role the iPhone and Apple Watch might play in monitoring cognitive performance and screening for decline in cognitive health.

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The multi-year study will launch later this year and will enroll both young and aging adults with a range of cognitive performance. The study's objectives are to find digital biomarkers for helping to monitor cognitive performance over time and identifying early signs of mild cognitive impairment.

Mild cognitive impairment impacts approximately 15 to 20 percent of adults over the age of 64, and the onset of symptoms are often subtle, so it can take months or even years before health care providers become aware of the problem.

"Working in collaboration with Biogen, we hope this study can help the medical community better understand a person's cognitive performance by simply having them engage with their Apple Watch and iPhone," said Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "We're looking forward to learning about the impact our technology can have in delivering better health outcomes through improved detection of declining cognitive health."

The study will be privacy-focused with customer control, transparency, and data security in mind. Participants will be offered a detailed consent form listing the data types collected and how that data may be used and shared. Data is stored encrypted and in systems with strong security controls.

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Top Rated Comments

xander49x Avatar
46 months ago
Sign me up. I love apple study's
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Neepman Avatar
46 months ago
Just keep changing the interface for no reason and adding more pointless gestures and everyone will appear to be less cognitive.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
subi257 Avatar
46 months ago
I would love that, in my slight bit of hypochondriac-ness It's bugging the Sh^t out of the me that I don't remember Sh*t like I used to. :p
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Psychicbob Avatar
46 months ago
By “Cognitive Decline”, I think it means “You haven’t bought any Apple products for over 12 months. You must be ill!”
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
now i see it Avatar
46 months ago
a study should be launched to find out if using Apple products can cause declining cognitive health.
My suspicion is that they do - I think / wait- I'm not sure- what was I saying? - oh never mind
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williamyx Avatar
46 months ago

Biogen? Isn't that the company that hosted the SARS-CoV2 superspreader event in Boston back in February 2020? The same SARS-CoV2 that may cause long-lived cognitive impairment?
Nice try, but it was early enough in the pandemic that frankly no one knew what was going on.

Frankly I'm interested in why Biogen in particular is doing this study given that they're not testing any new drugs with this, and not any other researchers.
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