Alex Leow

Alex Leow MD PhD

Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and ne ...

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BiAffect featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal published a story on BiAffect, the phone app designed to predict and monitor manic and depressive episodes. Dr. Alex Leow and Dr. Read More

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Could This New ResearchKit App Help Develop The Fitness Tracker For The Brain?

In April 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched the Mood Challenge, an open call to tech entrepreneurs, innovators and mental health practitioners to leverage Apple’s ResearchKit to create new technologies that would test, predict and treat mental health conditions. Throughout the process, selected teams would receive incremental funding at each stage, with the winner receiving $200,000 to further develop and test their technology.  Read More

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UIC App Designed to Track Bipolar Disorder Wins Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Mood Challenge for Research Kit

Doctor Alex Leow, associate professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and associate professor of bioengineering and computer science, and Peter Nelson, professor of computer science and dean of the UIC College of Engineering, discussed their award-winning app, BiAffect, on Chicago Tonight. Read More

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Executives’ Club of Chicago Nominates UI CDR as “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR”

UI CDR is honored to be nominated for Executives’ Club of Chicago “Innovator of the Year” award.  Since 2013, this honor has been awarded to an individual or company in greater Chicago whose new product, service, process or business model has resulted in organic growth and measurable economic benefit to the region. Read More

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mHealth Apps for Mood Measurement are Part of Growing Market

Developers of the two apps, Aware Study and BiAffect, will spend the next six months – and $100,000 each – refining and testing their platforms on Apple’s ResearchKit framework. The winner, chosen next April, will receive $200,000 and a place in the App Store to market the app. Read More

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Apple's ResearchKit has turned the iPhone and Apple Watch into powerful tools for mental health testing

Our mobile devices collect endless amounts of data, including everything from where we go to whom we chat with to the number of steps we take each day. Now researchers and developers are using this data to study psychological well-being thanks to ResearchKit, Apple's open source framework for collecting and researching health data. Read More

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Lack of Insight Linked to Brain Changes in Anorexia Nervosa

Abnormalities in brain regions involved in forming insight may explain why some patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) have trouble recognizing their dysfunctional eating habits, a new imaging study shows. Read More

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Abnormalities found in 'insight' areas of the brain in anorexia

In a study of structural brain connectivity led by the University of Illinois at Chicago and UCLA, those participants with anorexia nervosa who scored lowest on a test measuring their ability to form insight had more connective abnormalities than other patients in brain regions linked to error detection and conflict monitoring as well as self-reflection. Read More