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S9: #082: Dr. Thomas Insel on Digital Phenotyping as a Tool for Solving Mental Health

36 minutes

Today we’re diving into the topic of Mental Health. It’s a topic we’ve covered before on this program, like in episode 63 with Dale Beerman of Think Pacifica, and Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh from Brain Power back on episode 21.  In those episodes, we explored the use of mobile apps and wearables, and we looked at some problems that are being solved using these technologies. 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were tools available that helped measure and quantify our mental health based on our physical activities and behaviors?

Well, that’s why I wanted to introduce you to our next guest.  His company is pioneering work in measurement science to provide continuous, objective measures of cognition and mood that can potentially alert patients and providers to early signs of mental health deterioration.

My guest is Dr. Thomas R. Insel, the Co-Founder & President of Mindstrong Health based in California.  Tom’s here to tell us about the research and work they’re doing to use information from cell phones to drive better, earlier and deeper understandings about mental health.   

Tom is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and previously he was a Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, a Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University, and a leader of Verily’s Mental Health Team

I was introduced to Tom my Marco Mohwinckel and George Goldsmith over at Compass Pathways, a UK-based company working to develop treatments to empower patients suffering with mental illness.  They are doing that by combining neuroscience, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and digital platforms.  You can find out more about their work by visiting compasspathways.com

Thanks Marco and George for the introduction to Tom!

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