Research and Development

Photozig Research
Photozig, Inc. is creating new concepts, developing, and researching new applications for digital videos, online media, and mobile apps.

As an industry partner of NASA Research Park, Photozig, Inc. is positioned for extraordinary opportunities to engage in mutually beneficial cutting-edge research with NASA scientists and engineers. We are particularly intested in the application of technology to support healthcare applications.

We also collaborate with centers of excellence as Stanford University, UC Davis, UCLA, University of Illinois at Chicago and others.

Featured Research

Novel Healthcare Applications

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Latino Dementia Caregiving

The goal of this research project is to study resources for Latino dementia caregivers (in Spanish language), evaluate cultural aspects and media channels for disseminating information, and develop new materials for coping with caregiving that are culturally tailored for the target population.

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Noisy City
Prevention of Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the second most common form of hearing deficit, affecting about 26 million American adults. We are researching and developing a game to educate teenagers about NIHL, and promote healthy hearing behaviors with the potential to improve hearing health care.

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Completed Research

Studies Overview:

iCare for Dementia Familty Caregivers

Investigation of an online program to support caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's in collaboration with Stanford University and the Alzheimer's Association, and funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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CWC Chinese Dementia Caregiving

Collaboration with Stanford University on research related to techniques for coping with the responsibilities and emotions of caring for an older adult relative with dementia.

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Reminiscence for Alzheimer Patients

Research on a new intervention called Therapeutic Old Memories to enhance the well-being of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Personal Digital Memories

Study on supporting individuals with cognitive disabilities with a computer program to store personal memories and improve their performance in learning, memorizing and social interaction.

Technology for Alzheimer's Care

Investigation of the application of technology for Alzheimer's care, skills training, and caregiving.

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Key Partners

Stanford University is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities, dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.


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The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research; working on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


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NASA Research Park (NRP) at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley is a world-class shared-use R&D and education campus for industry, academia, non-profits, and government.


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Featured Publications by Research Team
iCare online program for reducing caregiver distress

Kajiyama, B., Thompson, L. W., Eto-Iwase, T., Yamashita, M., Di Mario, J., Marian Tzuang, Y., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2013). Exploring the effectiveness of an internet-based program for reducing caregiver distress using the iCare Stress Management e-Training Program. Aging & mental health17(5), 544-554.


DVD program to reduce stress in Chinese American dementia caregivers

Gallagher-Thompson, D., Wang, P-C., Liu, W., Cheung, V., Peng, R., China, D., & Thompson, L. W.   (2010). Effectiveness of a psychoeducational skill training DVD program to reduce stress in Chinese American dementia caregivers.  Aging and Mental Health, 14(3), 263-273.


Fotonovela for Reducing Depression and Stress in Latino Dementia Family Caregivers

Gallagher-Thompson, D., Tzuang, M., Hinton, L., Alvarez, P., Rengifo, J., Valverde, I., ... & Thompson, L. W. (2015). Effectiveness of a fotonovela for reducing depression and stress in Latino dementia family caregivers.Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders29(2), 146-153.


Reminiscence Video for Dementia Patients

Kajiyama, B., Dib, L., Tymchuk, A., Boxer, A., Kixmiller, J., & Olinsky, C. (2007).  Improving the Quality of Life for Caregivers and Care Recipients with Personalized Video Channels. Clinical Gerontologist 31(1), 95-100.


Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH)

Gallagher-Thompson, D., Coon, D., Solano, N. , Ambler, C., Rabinowitz, Y., & Thompson, L. (2003). Change in Indices of Distress Among Latino and Anglo Female Caregivers of Elderly Relatives With Dementia: Site-Specific Results From the REACH National Collaborative Study. The Gerontologist, 43(4), 580–591.


REACH II

REACH II Investigators (alphabetical order: Belle, S.H., Burgio, L., Burns, R., Coon, D., Czaja, S., Gallagher-Thompson, D., Gitlin, L., Klinger, J., Koepke, K. M., Lee, C. C., Martindale-Adams, J., Nichols, L., Schulz, R., Stahl, S., Stevens, A., Winter, L. & Zhang, S.)  (2006). Enhancing the quality of life of dementia caregivers from different ethnic or racial groups: A randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 145, 727-738.