Monday, October 27, 2014

First Lady of Emerging Technologies Predicts Great Advances in Alzheimer's Detection

Dr. Kaur, HP Distinguished Technologist, believes that we will soon be able to detect the disease decades before it reaches the brain.

Some might say that exciting, futuristic predictions are Dr. Satwant Kaur's forte. Her many awards and accolades celebrate unparalleled accomplishments in technology, and her version of the future can often seem like science fiction.  However, humanity has made great technological strides, and will surely continue to do so; Dr. Kaur believes that in the near future, technology will greatly aid in Alzheimer's detection.  

Alzheimer's as we know it is nearly impossible to avoid, because by the time it is detected, it's too late to stop. However, what if Alzheimer's could be detected in the eyes of a patient decades before the disease reached their brain? Dr. Satwant Kaur predicts that by 2020, radical changes could already be shaping the way we diagnose and deal with Alzheimer's. She believes that noninvasive Retinal Imaging Scan will detect Alzheimer's in a patient's eyes. This is an even more impressive concept because the test may show the special kinds of plaque in the retina that appear even before the onset of Alzheimer’s in the eye- meaning doctors and patients can truly prepare, and perhaps even fight, the disease. This plaque that first appears in eye then accumulates in the brain; once there, it causes Alzheimer's.

Dr. Kaur notes that part of the difficulty in fighting Alzheimer's stems from the inability to detect the disease before it is already affecting a patient. However, early detection will enable early intervention before Alzheimer's even appears. This prediction, like many of Dr. Kaur's others, feels as though we are launching into the future at high speed. However, early Alzheimer's detection isn't as radical to us now as the idea of a pocket-sized computer was thirty years ago. As always, Dr. Kaur reminds us that impressive and radical changes may be nearer than we might think.

Dr. Satwant Kaur
Dr. Satwant Kaur, inventor of CA Technology's Event Correlation Engine, Intel's Reduced Interoperability Technologies, and numerous inventions at HP in Health and Life Sciences, holds a Bachelors of Technology in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, India.  She has an MS in engineering and computer science from Oakland University in Oakland, Michigan.  She also has a PhD in enhanced Internet protocols for efficient mobile communication from Oakland University.
  • She has received many awards and accolades for her unparalleled accomplishments in technology, including: Intels 2009 Technology Innovation Award, Intels 2009 Outstanding Women Award, and IEEE EITs 2001 best paper award for her paper Mobile IP and Implementation of Regional Registration. She is also the author of the Amazon Bestseller "Transitioning Embedded Systems to Intelligent Environments.

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