Updated on 16 September 2013
But it is not just in the detection of Alzheimer's disease that the Cogstate tests play a useful role in testing and monitoring cognitive function. The testing system is increasingly being adopted by global pharmaceutical companies to quantify the effects of drugs being studied in clinical trials.
In this environment, Cogstate provides scientific products and services to optimize the design and execution of clinical trials which seek to establish the cognitive effects of investigational or marketed products. Cogstate also provides scale management, rater training and central monitoring services for paper and pencil neuropsychological tests, rating scales, questionnaires and patient reported outcomes. Cogstate Clinical Trials tests are known as "tasks" and use novel visual and verbal stimuli to ensure assessment is culture-neutral and not limited by a subject's level of education.
Amidst rising concern about the last impacts of brain injury, Cogstate's test is used widely in the professional sports setting to provide baseline testing and ‘fit to play' assessments of players following a head injury. That technology is now marketed as Axon Sports. Current users of Cogstate/Axon Sports in Australia include the AFL and NRL, whilst in the USA elite programs such as the NBA, WNBA, NHL as well as college programs such as University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan and University of Connecticut, all use the Axon Sports system.
New technology is now being commercialized, based on Cogstate's technology to "protect and train the athletic brain". Axon's focus is to research, develop and deliver cutting edge tools to assess, monitor and improve the athletic brain. Axon has been developing sport specific training products, initially focused on American football and baseball, and the resulting technologies have now been launched within a small number of elite US college programs. In addition, the first of Axon's consumer iPad apps was launched in 2012.
Driven by more than a decade of peer-reviewed scientific research, Cogstate's computer assessment programs for assessing, monitoring and improving cognition are universal, easy to use and, most importantly - meeting a wide range of needs for improved, accurate and universal cognition testing.