Joint research underway to detect early stage dementia using vocal biomarkers in Japanese language

Canary Speech joins SMK Corporation and Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center to bring early detection of dementia using AI vocal biomarkers.

PROVO, Utah, April 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Canary Speech announced a collaboration with SMK and Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC) that will create and validate AI speech algorithms for early detection MCI and dementia and other diseases in the Japanese language, such as anxiety and stress.

A key initiative in Japan is to create access to care for their aging population. A critical aspect of doing this is the ability to accurately and cost-efficiently identify those individuals with dementia and early-stage dementia. According to a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2015, the number of dementia patients in Japan continues to increase as the population ages, and it is estimated that the number of patients will exceed 7 million by 2025.

This research study is designed to explore the appropriate use of Canary’s patented technology. Canary’s technology can enable a new approach to capturing and measuring critical data, through advanced analysis using AI and machine learning techniques that use features in speech (biomarkers) enabling the possibility of replacing today’s subjective behavioral health measurements with a standard approach to objectively and comprehensively measure an array of data points.

Working with respected industry leaders, such as SMK and NCVC, to help realize the critical need for data and serving the medical needs of the Japanese population is such an important aspect of what Canary Speech was created to accomplish.

Henry O’Connell, CEO and Co-founder, Canary Speech