Dr. Rao is CEO & Co-Founder at Neurocern. She is a board-certified behavioral and geriatric neurologist, most recently at the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center where she received subspecialty training in memory disorders, Alzheimer's disease, neurodegenerative conditions, and dementia.
Her additional interests include: neural networks, big data, machine learning, and predictive modeling in health information technology. Dr. Rao has published several articles on neurological disease and public health outcomes, and served as an Advisor for the American Geriatrics Society and The American Academy of Neurolog.
Dementia is a disease that affects 90,000,000 people globally. With close to 1000 dementia specialists in the world, each would be responsible for 90,000 patients. Dr. Anitha Rao
is one of the limited number of physicians in the United States with advanced dementia training and has become a pioneer in dementia tech.
“The choice I had after finishing my training was to become a dementia research clinician who would see roughly 2,000 patients a year or take a once-in-a-lifetime chance to create algorithms that could potentially change the life of millions for the better.” Said Dr. Rao
During her fellowship at the UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center
, Dr. Rao met with countless patients and family caregivers who lacked access to specialized physicians and were desperate for answers on how to manage the symptoms and behaviors of this challenging disease. From her experience in practice and clinical research, Neurocern
was created. The company, part of MATTER Chicago
, has been recognized several times for their ground-breaking business, most recently by1871
as one of the Top 12 Women Led Start Up Companies.
Dr. Rao states, “Dementia is an umbrella disease with more than 20 different types, of which the most commonly known are Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease dementia. Each type has its own hospital plan and family care plan. Each individual dementia patient has a unique brain profile that would take numerous doctor visits to analyze, especially with the limited access to specialists. The key to preventing rapid decline in dementia is proper management of behaviors at home and reducing hospital visits.”
Anitha was introduced to her co-founder, Marguerite Manteau-Rao
, a former dementia caregiver, through a mutual colleague in 2014. Marguerite, a licensed clinical social worker with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has experienced the limited resources and answers for dementia effecting families first hand. Anitha and Marguerite identified the market need for a solution that would facilitate relief to non-specialized doctors with clinical decision-making tools and also empower family caregivers with highly relevant home care plans.
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