Dr. Lathan’s diverse background includes extensive research, teaching, and consulting in the areas of human performance engineering, medical device design, and assistive technology.
At the 2016 World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Dr. Lathan conducted the Davos Brain Challenge using AnthroTronix’s FDA-cleared DANA brain health assessment app. AnthroTronix held a similar exhibit at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, earlier in 2016. AnthroTronix invited attendees to assess their brain health and discover how innovative digital capabilities are transforming the way we assess and monitor our brain health. In addition, Dr. Lathan discussed how digital technology, such as DANA, is improving our understanding of the brain and how we identify conditions and changes in cognitive function.
Dr. Lathan is pursuing pioneering work in brain health and Alzheimer’s Disease as exemplified by her Health-eBrain Study which recently launched Phase II: Mobile Platform Captures and Analyzes Cognitive and Emotional Health of Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Patients.
Previously, Dr. Lathan was an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Catholic University of America (CUA) and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Her work has been featured in Forbes, Time, and the New Yorker magazines as well as led to such distinctions as Maryland’s Top Innovator of the Year; MIT Technology Review Magazine Top 100 World Innovators,” and one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Most Creative People in Business.” She has also been named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is currently Chair of their Global Agenda Council for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.
Dr. Lathan is actively involved in educational outreach programs that empower women and minorities in science and technology. She is the Founder of Keys to Empowering Youth for junior high school girls, a judge for the FIRST and VEX robotics program, an advisor to the KID Museum Makerspace, and a Board Member of the National Black Child Development Institute. Dr. Lathan is also on the Board of Engineering World Health, which supports the emergence of healthcare technology in the developing world.
Dr. Lathan received her B.A. in Biopsychology and Mathematics from Swarthmore College, and an S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from MIT.