SNAP stands for "Scalable Neurological Assessment Platform". It is the vision of several scientists and clinicians at the Burke Medical Research Institute, the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and Blythedale Children's Hospital, for the future of neurology.
Although there are well-established technologies for objectively quantifying brain activity (e.g. fMRI and EEG) they are not used in clinical practice. Likewise, technology for objectively measuring movement of the body has existed for decades, but is scarcely used in practice, leaving clinicians to rely on subjective, qualitative, insensitive tools like the Fugl-Meyer Assessment. In both cases the reason for the lack of adoption is that the technologies rarely run "out of the box" and hence require expert oversight and troubleshooting on a case-by-case basis - this is the opposite of what we mean by "scalable". We aim to develop robust systems that will be deployable with minimal specialist training, at a large number of sites, with commensurate results.