Science & Technology
VoxNeuro’s technology provides objective data of real-time cognitive function in a clear report.
What we do
VoxNeuro’s electroencephalography (EEG) protocol and medical software analyze and compare a patient’s event-related potentials (ERPs) to VoxNeuro’s normative database to determine cognitive function scores of memory, information processing, attention & concentration.
How we do it
VoxNeuro’s technology is made up of two proprietary components: the Cognitive Health Assessment™ and our medical software.
The Cognitive Health Assessment™ follows VoxNeuro’s evidence-based electroencephalography (EEG) protocol.
The assessment takes 15 minutes to complete and is non-invasive. EEG electrodes sit on the scalp and record the brain’s electrical activity through EEG conductive gel. Patients may think of this as similar to an ultrasound.
The assessment guides patients through a series of neuropsychological tests on a computer while the EEG records hundreds of thousands of data-points along their brain waves. Among those data points are ERPs (event-related potentials) which indicate the health of core cognitive functions like memory, information processing, attention & concentration.
VoxNeuro’s medical software rapidly analyzes, transforms and compares the EEG’s ERP data to VoxNeuro’s database of healthy cognitive function to generate a patient report. The report provides scores of the patient’s core cognitive functions to help support clinical findings and inform clinical decisions by healthcare providers.
To learn more about the science and methodology behind a VoxNeuro Cognitive Health Assessment™ Report, download a sample report through the form below.
For healthcare providers, VoxNeuro helps to elevate brain health evaluation with rapid, objective and actionable data.
VoxNeuro complements clinical protocols to track brain health over time, provide valuable data to the diagnostic process, and help inform customized treatment strategies.
When treatment is undertaken, repeat assessments track changes in a patient’s cognitive scores to monitor their progress and validate the efficacy of treatment, helping healthcare providers to maximize patient outcomes and expedite recovery timelines.
Find out more about how our technology supports healthcare providers, patients and other stakeholders here.
Why we are different
- Scores multiple core cognitive functions
- Limitless brain health applications
- Supports any clinical group
- Available to anyone 12-90 years of age
- 30+ years of peer reviewed studies and research
- Proprietary, evidence-based EEG protocol
- Proprietary medical software
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Structural vs. Functional Brain Assessment
Solutions for assessing brain health fall drastically behind those for other vital organs, like the heart and lungs. Current neuroimaging technologies, like CT and MRI, are well established to assess structural damage but not functional damage. They rely on indicators like bone damage, lesions and irregular blood flow, not electrical activity. Assessing electrical activity and knowing what the electrical patterns of the brain mean is key to truly understanding how the brain is performing, and what that means for a patient’s functional ability.
Dr. John F. Connolly is the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of VoxNeuro Inc. He is the former Senator William McMaster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, the founding director of the ARiEAL Research Centre, and co-directs the Language, Memory and Brain Lab. He is an author on over 330 articles*, chapters, and presentations, most of which involve EEG/ERP, MEG and MRI studies of cognitive health and neuropathology.
Dr. Connolly has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations including:
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Canada Foundation for Innovation
- Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)
- Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
- Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation (Canada & USA)
- March of Dimes Research Foundation (USA)
- National Institutes of Health (USA)
- Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
- The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids)
- Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada
- Autism Speaks’ High Risk – High Impact Initiatives (USA)
- Collaborative Health Research Projects (CIHR & NSERC)
Dr. Connolly has also served as a Member of the Editorial Board and subsequently Associate Editor of Clinical Neurophysiology – the flagship journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology.
He has served as a consultant to other research and evidence-based policy groups in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Belgium, Flanders, Finland, and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Connolly is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Brain Injury Canada to inform an integrated and comprehensive Brain Injury Resource website. It serves to provide reliable & evidence-based information related to brain injury, and a comprehensive list of existing services for Canadians with brain injuries, their families and caregivers.
*View the Foundational Research section below for a collection of publications and peer reviewed journals.
The scientific breakthrough in cognitive assessment
In 1999, Dr. Connolly was the first person in the world to demonstrate that a patient (mis)diagnosed as being in a vegetative state (now referred to as Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome) was actually in a locked-in state, meaning they were fully functioning cognitively but experiencing near-complete physical paralysis. After 9 months of successful cognitive rehabilitation efforts, the patient had regained complete motor control and was discharged, walking himself out of the hospital. This landmark case led to the development of EEG-based methods of assessing conscious states and mental functions in patient populations including autism, Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome (vegetative state), coma, and concussion. This evidence based research forms the foundation of VoxNeuro’s technology.
Watch a summary of the foundational research behind VoxNeuro produced by Scientia:
The written version of the Scientia publication can be read here.
N2b Reflects the Cognitive Changes in Executive Functioning After Concussion: A Scoping Review
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Neurophysiological markers of cognitive deficits and recovery in concussed adolescents
Ruiter, K. I., Boshra, R., DeMatteo, C., Noseworthy, M., Connolly, J. C. (2020)
Brain Research, 146998
On the time-course of functional connectivity: theory of a dynamic progression of concussion effects
Boshra, R., Ruiter, K. I., Sonnadara, R., Reilly, J. P., Connolly, J. C. (2020)
Brain Communications, fcaa063
Neurophysiological Correlates of Concussion: Deep Learning for Clinical Assessment
Boshra, R., Ruiter, K. I., DeMatteo, C., Reilly, J. P., Connolly, J. C. (2019)
Nature Scientific Reports, 9 (17341)
From Group-Level Statistics to Single-Subject Prediction: Machine Learning Detection of Concussion in Retired Athletes
Boshra, R., Dhindsa, K., Boursalie, O., Ruiter, K. I., Sonnadara, R., Samavi, R., Doyle, T. E., Reilly, J. P., Connolly, J. F. (2019)
Disruption of Function: Neurophysiological markers of cognitive deficits in retired football players
Ruiter, K. I., Boshra, R., Doughty, M., Noseworthy, M., Connolly, J. F. (2019)
Clinical Neurophysiology, 130(1): 111-121
Global Aphasia: An innovative assessment approach
Connolly, J. F., Mate-Kole, C., Joyce, B. M. (1999)
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 80(10): 1309-1315
Detection of brain activation in unresponsive patients with acute brain injury.
Claassen, J., Doyle, K., Matory, A., Couch, C., Burger, K. M., Velazquez, A., Okonkwo, J.U., King, J-R., Park, S., Agarwal, S., Roh, D., Megjhani, M., Eliseyev, A., Connolly, E., Rohaut, B. (2019).
The New England Journal of Medicine, 380(26), 2497-2505.
Linking neurophysiological and neuropsychological measures for aphasia assessment
Marchand, Y., D’Arcy, R., Connolly, J. F. (2002)
Clinical Neurophysiology, 113(11)
Development of a point of care system for automated coma prognosis: a prospective cohort study protocol
Connolly, J. F., Reilly, J. P., Fox-Robichaud, A., Britz, P., Blain-Moraes, S., Sonnadara, R., Hamielec, C., Herrera-Diaz, A., Boshra, R. (2019)
BMJ Open, 9(7)
Automatic and continuous assessment of ERPs for mismatch negativity detection
Armanfard, N., Kameili, M., Reilly, J. P., Mah, R., Connolly, J. F. (2016)
Automatic and continuous assessment of ERPs for mismatch negativity detection
Blain-Moraes, S., Boshra, R., Kan Ma, H., Mah, R., Ruiter, K. I., Avidan, M., Connolly, J. F., Mashour, G. A. (2016)
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Assessment of children’s receptive vocabulary using event related potentials; Development of clinically validated test
Byrne, J. M., Dywan, C. A., Connolly, J. F. (1995).
Child Neuropsychology, 1(3): 211-223
Assessing adult receptive vocabulary with event related potentials: An investigation of cross-modal and cross-form priming
Connolly, J. F., Byrne, J. M., Dywan, C. A. (1995)
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 17(4)
An innovative method to assess the receptive vocabulary of children with cerebral palsy using event-related potentials
Byrne, J. M., Dywan, C. A., Connolly, J. F. (1995)
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 17(1): 9-19
Brain activity and language assessment using event-related potentials: development of a clinical protocol
Byrne, J. M., Connolly, J. F., MacLean, S. E., Dooley, J. M., Gordon, K. E., Beattie, T. L. (1999)
Developmental Medicine & Clinical Neurology, 41(11)
Brain Activity and Cognitive Status in Pediatric Patients: Development of a Clinical Assessment Protocol
Byrne, J. M., Connolly, J. F., MacLean, S. E., Beattie, T. L., Dooley, J. M., Gordon, K. E. (2001)
Journal of Child Neurology, 16(5): 325-332
Electrophysiological evidence for the integral nature of tone in Mandarin spoken word recognition
Ho, A., Boshra, R., Schmidtke, D., Oralova, G., Moro, A. L., Service, E., Connolly, J. F. (2019)
Neuropsychologia, 131: 325-332
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1. D’Arcy, R.C.N., Marchand, Y., Eskes, G.A., Harrison, E.R., Phillips, S. J., Major, A., & Connolly, J.F. (2003).
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1. Dick, B.D., Connolly, J.F., McGrath, P.J., Finley, G.A., Stroink, G., Houlihan, M.E., & Clark, A.J. (2003). The disruptive effect of chronic pain on mismatch negativity.
Clinical Neurophysiology, 114, 1497-1506. DOI: 10.1016/S1388-2457(03)00133-0
2. Dick, B.D., Connolly, J.F., Houlihan, M.E., McGrath, P.J., Finley, G.A., Stroink, G., & Clark, A. J. (2006). Effects of experimental pain on Mismatch Negativity.
Journal of Psychophysiology, 20(1), 21-31. DOI: 10.1027/0269-8803.20.1.21
3. Houlihan, M.E., McGrath, P.J., Connolly, J.F., Stroink, G., Finley G.A., Dick, B., & Phi, T.T. (2004). Assessing the effect of pain on demands for attentional resources using ERPs.
International Journal of Psychophysiology, 51, 181-187. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2003.08.001
4. Troche, S.J., Houlihan, M.E., Connolly, J.F., Dick, B.D., McGrath, P.J., Finley, G.A. and Stroink, G. (2014). The effect of pain on involuntary and voluntary capture of attention.
European Journal of Pain, Article first published online: 23 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/ejp.553