Math in the Medical World

Max Little is an applied mathematician who developed a voice analysis software for Parkinson’s disease screening. The Parkinson’s Voice Initiative asked for volunteers to recite simple vocal sounds over the phone which were recorded for further analysis. This algorithmic software has a 98.6% accuracy rate in detecting Parkinson’s disease. Though it is not yet an official method of diagnosis, its cost effectiveness, simplicity in screening, and ability to reach a large population make it very promising. Click here for a link to Max Little’s talk explaining his initiative, and click here to find out more and monitor the study’s progress.