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EVestG is a new diagnostic technique that measures the patterns of electrical activity in the brain's vestibular (or balance) system allowing Doctors to dramatically fast-track the detection of mental and neurological illnesses.

EVest is a research project by Brian Lithgow, Senior lecturer, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering and Professor Jayashri Kulkarni Director of Monash University's Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)

EVestG Was awarded 'Invention of the Year '‚ by the ABC‚s New Inventors program. and winner of the Peoples Choice Award.

Watch their presentation of EVestG on ABC TV New Inventers Program here http://www.abc.net.au/tv/newinventors/txt/s2909625.htm

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The Inspiration of this research

" Brian Lithgow saw the diagnostic potential of measuring and comparing different patterns of electrovestibular activity because the brain‚s vestibular system is closely connected to the primitive regions of the brain that relate to emotions and behaviour. By measuring the patterns of electrical activity in the brain‚s vestibular against distinct response patterns found in depression, schizophrenia and other CNS disorders, Lithgow was able to develop electrovestibulography, which is sort of like an ECG for the mind.

Working with Jayashri and other psychiatry researchers at Monash University's Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), he tested volunteers and found distinct response patterns, or "biomarkers", that distinguished different CNS diseases from each other and from regular electrovestibular activity."

( from ABC TV Inventors Website )