Effect of ibuprofen on BrainAGE:

a randomized, placebo-controlled,
dose-response exploratory study

Trang Lê

Biomedical Researcher
Institute for Biomedical Informatics
University of Pennsylvania

Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK

extract image-related features

train a machine learning model on a large normative dataset
to predict age

 obtain predicted ages on a separate dataset of interest with the trained model

compute each subject’s Brain Age Gap Estimate (BrainAGE)

make inferences about accelerated or delayed aging

T1-weighted structural

diffusion tensor

functional MRI

\textrm{BrainAGE}_i = \widehat\textrm{age}_{\textrm{brain, i}} - \widehat\textrm{age}_{\textrm{chrono, i}}




\widehat\textrm{age}_{\textrm{brain, i}}

medial prefrontal cortex: strong age predictor

Gray matter density 3334 course voxels

r = 0.76, MAE = 5.34 years

SVR 10-fold CV:   , C


20 healthy participants (10 males)

ICC =                  = 0.96

(95% CI=(0.92, 0.98)

\frac{\hat\sigma^2_B}{\hat\sigma^2_B + \hat\sigma^2_W}

F=5.83, p=0.006

BrainAGE was reduced by

  • 200mg: 1.15 year (t=-2.95, p=0.005) 
  • 600mg: 1.18 year (t=-2.97, p=0.005) 

Cohen's D (95% CI):

  • D200mg-placebo: 0.57 (0.27, 0.95)
  • D600mg-placebo: 0.69 (0.39, 1.15)
\textrm{BrainAGE} = (\beta_0 + u_i) + \beta_1(\textrm{ibu 200mg}) + \beta_2(\textrm{ibu 600mg}) + \epsilon
u_i \sim N(0, \sigma^2_B)
\epsilon \sim N(0, \sigma^2_W)

random intercept

within-subject variation


Thank you!

Funding: The William K. Warren Foundation

LIBR collaborators:

  • Rayus Kuplicki
  • Henry Yeh
  • Martin Paulus

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