Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

New software developed by researchers at the University of Wollongong, which has shown to benefit children’s cognitive skills and behaviour, has been licensed to Australian company Neuro Cognitive Software Pty Ltd.

The novel training system was developed by Dr Stuart Johnstone and Associate Professor Steven Roodenrys at UOW’s School of Psychology.

The system comprises software that helps children improve their attention, memory and impulse control skills and is used in conjunction with a NeuroSky Mindset (worn by children), which allows for EEG data to help monitor and improve cognitive training outcomes.

Working with UniQuest, UOW Manager of Innovation and Commercialisation Dr Gavin Dixon, said the intellectual property associated with this technology has been exclusively licensed to Neuro Cognitive Software Pty Ltd for commercialisation in the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) field.

“A UOW-run pilot study has shown the training method to be beneficial in altering the behaviour of children with ADHD. A provisional patent application has been filed that covers the system,” Dr Dixon said.

The UOW team is now looking for more children, aged between seven and 14, to take part in an extension of the research study.

Dr Johnstone, who has been researching the brain activities of children with ADHD for 14 years, hopes the study will help children improve their attention, memory and impulse control skills.

Children volunteering for the study will be involved in playing two games – one is focused on controlling impulses and the other is a memory game.

Parents wishing to include their child in the project should call Dr Stuart Johnstone on 4221 4495.

More information is available by visiting http://www.uow.edu.au/health/psyc/research/bbri/adhd.html

Neuro Cognitive Software is part of the NeuroCog Research group: http://neurocogsoftware.com/research.html

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UniQuest & University of Wollongong Research Commercialisation

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UOW has a commercialisation model that packages UOW's research technologies into investment-ready spin-out businesses and licence deals. A commercialisation collaboration was signed with UniQuest in 2004.
Leanne Wyvill
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UniQuest Pty Limited

Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. The company’s charter is to identify, package and commercialise research-based technologies, expertise and facilities to the community, industry, business and government. It has created more than 60 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised a quarter of a billion dollars to take UQ technologies to market. Sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are now running at $5.2 billion per year. UniQuest now commercialises research, expertise and technologies developed at The University of Queensland, University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania and the Mater Medical Research Institute.
Dr Gavin Dixon
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Children with ADHD could benefit from this innovation from University of Wollongong research which is being commercialised with UniQuest's assistance.



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