for people ages 65-99 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study start
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Adam Staffaroni, PhDOdmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD
Headshot of Odmara Barreto Chang
Odmara Barreto Chang



This is a pilot study to evaluate the use of remote cognitive testing to identify patients who may have cognitive vulnerability and may benefit from cognitive care pathways. Participants in this study are asked to complete a smartphone battery of thinking, memory, speech, and motor function tests on their smartphone.

Official Title

Remote Evaluation of Cognitive Function for Older Adults Undergoing Surgery


This study is evaluating cognitive function in older adults that are undergoing surgery using remote assessments. Participants complete a battery of neuropsychological assessments prior to their surgery date. The battery includes smartphone adaptions of tests of thinking, memory, speech, and movement. The participant has a one-hour remote visit, where the investigators will conduct a Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) and have the participant complete the smartphone assessments. After their surgery, participants are evaluated on the delirium rating scale.


Mild Cognitive Impairment, Delirium, Remote Cognitive Assessment, Cognitive Dysfunction


You can join if…

Open to people ages 65-99

  • Spine surgery with a duration greater than or equal to three hours
  • Can speak, write, and understand English
  • Ability to participate in remote visit

You CAN'T join if...

  • Participating in other cognitive studies
  • Having more than one surgery (planned multiday surgery)
  • Emergency surgery


  • UCSF accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientists at UCSF

  • Adam Staffaroni, PhD
    Dr. Staffaroni is a clinical neuropsychologist and Associate Professor at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. His research focuses on improving early detection, prognosis, and monitoring of neurodegenerative diseases through a combination of clinical tests, neuroimaging, and blood-based biomarkers.
  • Odmara Barreto Chang, MD, PhD
    Dr. Barreto Chang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, with a research focus on understanding the molecular and behavioral basis of cognitive impairment after surgery.


accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
Study Type
Expecting 30 study participants
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