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Non-invasive assay to discriminate between mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
90067
Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
A09A-025-0210
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
EMPIRICAL TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
BOX 8175, 3046A BERKMAR DRIVE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22906-8175
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Non-invasive assay to discriminate between mild-Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0150
Award Amount: $99,885.00
 

Abstract:

The objective of this project is the development of an assessment system that will be able to determine the likelihood of a warrior having suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The basis of the determination will be a computerized assessment of the functioning of the II, III, IV, VI, and VIII cranial nerves. This set of nerves provides the opportunity to obtain a sensitive and quantitative evaluation of two critical physiological control systems, eye movement and postural balance, that are, because of their high degree of sophistication, very sensitive to cerebral injury. In conjunction with mTBI experts part of the aim of the Phase I effort will be to evaluate and down-select different eye movement tracking and postural control assessment technologies and neurological testing criteria. In addition, control algorithms based on established machine learning approaches will be designed to enable the system to integrate inputs from the multiple sensor systems and to make categorical decisions. Comprehensive plans for Phase II for the construction of a prototype system and its testing in a population of injured warriors large enough to yield statistically significant results to support the validity of the neurological testing criteria will be laid out.

Principal Investigator:

Martin C. Baruch
Chief Scientist
4342967000
mcbaruch@comcast.net

Business Contact:

David W. Gerdt
President
4342967000
davidetc@firstva.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Empirical Technologies Corporation
P.O. Box 8175 Charlottesville, VA 22906

EIN/Tax ID: 541771015
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA, VA 22901
Contact: Sarah White
Contact Phone: (434) 924-8426
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university