A testing solution that was born and validated on the battlefield.
The BrainSpan® mission started with research on the battlefield and an uncompromising dedication to improving Soldier's health and resilience in the years following 9-11. Later, that mission would evolve to helping the general public with building and sustaining healthier and more resilient lives.
In 2009, I was serving as a Physician and Officer in the US Army, looking for a solution to build resilience in soldiers and their family members. Our team was looking for solutions to reduce negative outcomes and performance when going through stressful situations. At the time, soldiers were going through multiple Middle East deployments and, as a result, were suffering from PTSD, marital problems, substance abuse, and other negative life events.
The solution we encountered was an integration of two tests into one with a completely new way of integrating the metrics together to give more powerful insights than either one alone. The two tests are made possible through our strategic partnership with two testing companies described below.
I retired in 2018 on a new mission to bring a testing solution to the public; one designed to help people take control of measuring, tracking, and optimizing the health of our most important asset, our brain. I would personally like to thank you for exploring this critical area of health and wellness that can so dramatically impact our entire quality of life.
Daniel T. Johnston, MD, MPH
LTC (Retired), US Army
Our Test Partners
Our testing partners, Omegaquant Analytics® and Total Brain® have each produced hundreds of scientific publications validating the significance, accuracy, and reliability of the BrainSpan® metrics. The quality, validity and unique value of the final integrated report you receive would not be possible without them.
Blood Spot Test
Omegaquant Analytics® is our nutritional laboratory partner and is the only CLIA-certified laboratory (#43D1105229) dedicated to fatty acid and Vitamin D research. The proprietary filter paper treatment ensures your sample is stable all the way to the lab.
Our partner lab's methodology has served as the basis for over 200 peer-reviewed studies in major medical and scientific journals, including JAMA® and The New England Journal of Medicine®. The lab is the recipient of several grants from the National Institutes of Health® and other major academic centers.
Fatty acid and Vitamin D testing is not standardized across the healthcare industry, like cholesterol testing. Therefore, studies show that different labs measuring the same nutrients in the exact same person, can yield very different results! Our lab values have been validated against their whole blood equivalents used in the very studies that their meaning is tied to.
Total Brain®, founded by leading neuroscientist Evian Gordon, MD, PhD, provides the BrainSpan® online cognitive function testing platform. Dr. Gordon invested 18 years in R&D to validate the vital brain capacities provided in your BrainSpan® report.
Over 450 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals around the world have relied on the Total Brain® testing platform and international database of normal brain function. This results in BrainSpan® giving you a reliable and validated score that reflects how your performance compares to healthy individuals of the same age.
The power of the cognitive function test lies both in its ease of use as well as the novel approach to scoring. Since we leverage a database of well-studied controls who are without disease as a comparison group, we can provide scores that are much more granular as it pertains to a person understanding, optimizing, and tracking their current brain function irrespective of disease status. Fitness tests such as "exercise tolerance tests" take an analogous approach.
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