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The Research Project

This   research   study   is   to   investigate   the   early   detection   of   Parkinson’s   Disease   (PD)   by utilising   the   characteristics   of   finger   responses   when   you   type   on   a   computer.   The research    has    been    approved    by    Charles    Sturt    University’s    Human    Research    Ethics Committee. Parkinson’s   Disease   is   the   most   frequent   neurogenerative   movement   disorder   and affects   2%   of   people   over   age   65,   with   an   estimated   70,000   sufferers   in   Australia, 750,000   in   the   U.S.   and   120,000   in   the   U.K.   Its   symptoms   develop   slowly   over   years and,    by    the    time    of    clinical    diagnosis,    there    may    be    a    60%    loss    of    dopaminergic neurons   in   the   brain.   However,   there   is   currently   no   quantitative   clinical   test   for   PD and there is a high rate of misdiagnosis. As    far    back    as    the    19th    century,    telegraph    operators    could    recognize    each    other through   their   specific   tapping   styles.   This   suggests   that   keystroke   dynamics   contain sufficient   information   to   serve   as   a   biometric   identifier   for   PD,   but   the   question   is,   how accurate   are   these   and   can   the   technique   be   applied   more   broadly   as   a   diagnostic   tool? So   we   now   need   participants   for   the   current   phase   in   the   project   in   order   to   gather more data. You   can   help   us   right   now   by   participating   in   the   study   for   12   months.   Participating   is quite   simple   -   just   download   and   install   a   small   research   app   (called   Tappy)   on   your computer.   It   asks   you   for   some   basic   details   about   your   PD   (if   you   have   it)   and   then continues   to   run   on   your   computer,   analysing   your   finger   responses   as   you   type.   It doesn’t   affect   the   performance   of   your   PC   in   any   way,   none   of   the   actual   characters that you type are recorded, and you remain completely anonymous. You   need   to   be   50   or   older   and   use   the   computer   regularly   each   month,   for   at   least   a few minutes each day e.g. for e-mails, web browsing and general typing.

What is involved

The   research   application   is   called   ‘Tappy’,   which   runs   on   any   Windows   PC   or   laptop ( not Mac’s, tablets or smartphones at this stage) and you can download it from here   . 1. Once you have downloaded, just double click on that file to run the setup. You must read and accept the Participant Information & Informed Consent before proceeding further. 2 . At   the   end   of   the   setup   Tappy   starts   up   immediately   and   you   get   to   tick   some details   about   the   stage   of   the   disease,   and   any   medications   you   are   taking   at present.   Please   be   as   accurate   as   you   can   with   these   details      (there   is   a   list   of   the common   brand   names   for   each   of   the   types   of   medication   in   the   Frequently Asked Questions ) 3. From then on, Tappy just runs in the background on your computer. Finally, a couple reminders – (a) you need to be the only user on the particular login on this PC (otherwise we don’t know which of you is typing) and (b) it has to be a Windows computer, not a Mac. You will not receive any personal diagnosis information from us in this phase of the project, however the intent is to subsequently develop further versions of Tappy which will provide personal feedback.

We are here to help

If you have any problems with the installation, or any other questions at all, just send us an email, inquiries@pdlab.co

The Tappy App 

Once you have installed Tappy, then you don’t have to do anything more. It runs silently in the background on your PC, in the Windows ‘System Tray’ (the bottom right section of the Windows toolbar). It does not affect the PC performance in any way, nor is it tracking the actual words and numbers you type, just the characteristics of your finger move- ment. You can exit Tappy at any time or completely un-install it from your PC. See more details here 
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The Research Project

This    research    study    is    to    investigate    the    early    detection    of Parkinson’s   Disease   (PD)   by   utilising   the   characteristics   of   finger responses   when   you   type   on   a   computer.   The   research   has   been approved   by   Charles   Sturt   University’s   Human   Research   Ethics Committee. Parkinson’s     Disease     is     the     most     frequent     neurogenerative movement   disorder   and   affects   2%   of   people   over   age   65,   with   an estimated   70,000   sufferers   in   Australia,   750,000   in   the   U.S.   and 120,000   in   the   U.K.   Its   symptoms   develop   slowly   over   years   and, by    the    time    of    clinical    diagnosis,    there    may    be    a    60%    loss    of dopaminergic   neurons   in   the   brain.   However,   there   is   currently no    quantitative    clinical    test    for    PD    and    there    is    a    high    rate    of misdiagnosis. As    far    back    as    the    19th    century,    telegraph    operators    could recognize   each   other   through   their   specific   tapping   styles.   This suggests   that   keystroke   dynamics   contain   sufficient   information to   serve   as   a   biometric   identifier   for   PD,   but   the   question   is,   how accurate    are    these    and    can    the    technique    be    applied    more broadly   as   a   diagnostic   tool?   So   we   now   need   participants   for   the current phase in the project in order to gather more data. You   can   help   us   right   now   by   participating   in   the   study   for   12 months.   Participating   is   quite   simple   -   just   download   and   install   a small   research   app   (called   Tappy)   on   your   computer.   It   asks   you for   some   basic   details   about   your   PD   (if   you   have   it)   and   then continues     to     run     on    your     computer,     analysing    your     finger responses   as   you   type.   It   doesn’t   affect   the   performance   of   your PC   in   any   way,   none   of   the   actual   characters   that   you   type   are recorded, and you remain completely anonymous. You   need   to   be   50   or   older   and   use   the   computer   regularly   each month,   for   at   least   a   few   minutes   each   day   e.g.   for   e-mails,   web browsing and general typing.

What is involved

The    research    application    is    called    ‘Tappy’,    which    runs    on    any Windows   PC   or   laptop   ( not   Mac’s,   tablets   or   smartphones   at   this stage) and you can download it from here   . 1. Once you have downloaded, just double click on that file to run the setup. You must read and accept the Participant Information & Informed Consent before proceeding further. 2 . At   the   end   of   the   setup   Tappy   starts   up   immediately   and   you get   to   tick   some   details   about   the   stage   of   the   disease,   and any    medications    you    are    taking    at    present.    Please    be    as accurate   as   you   can   with   these   details      (there   is   a   list   of   the common   brand   names   for   each   of   the   types   of   medication in the Frequently Asked Questions ) 3. From then on, Tappy just runs in the background on your computer. Finally, a couple reminders – (a) you need to be the only user on the particular login on this PC (otherwise we don’t know which of you is typing) and (b) it has to be a Windows computer, not a Mac. You will not receive any personal diagnosis information from us in this phase of the project, however the intent is to subsequently develop further versions of Tappy which will provide personal feedback.

We are here to help

If you have any problems with the installation, or any other questions at all, just send us an email, inquiries@pdlab.co

You cannot apply or download the

software from a phone or tablet. You

must be on a Windows PC…..