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Catalyst Awardee

Joy for People Living with Dementia using a Virtual Assistant

Lisa Fournier, Doctorate Competition Sponsor: US National Academy of Medicine “Joi” is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Virtual Assistant to improve emotional well-being and independence for people living with dementia (PLWD), especially those aging-in-place. A positive emotional atmosphere is important for PLWD to thrive and age well. This can be facilitated…



Catalyst Awardee

Automatically Refocusing Reading Glasses

Konrad, Robert, PhD; Nitish Padmanaban, PhD; Kevin Boyle, PhD Competition Sponsor: US National Academy of Medicine With age, humans gradually lose the ability to focus to near distances. By their late 40s, most people struggle to view objects within arm’s reach clearly, making it difficult to read text on a…

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