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Stimulator to Quantify Cutaneous Sensation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
85369
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
AT004382
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
GROVE INSTRUMENTS, LLC
GROVE INSTRUMENTS, LLC 38 MONADNOCK RD WORCESTER, MA 01609
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Stimulator to Quantify Cutaneous Sensation
Agency: HHS
Contract: 1R43AT004382-01
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Manual therapies are currently used to treat a number of conditions that result in altered cutaneous sensation. One way that has been used to assess the effect of manual therapies in such conditions has been to evaluate any changes in sensation before and after the treatment. However this has typically been done using methods that are quite imprecise. We propose to develop a computer-controlled mechanical cutaneous stimulator that will indent the skin and allow for quant itative determination of the thresholds for either gentle indentation or pain. The stimulator will be operated with a set of programs that will allow for (a) quantifying the degree of sensory loss or enhancement at a particular location, (b) determining th e physical extent of the affected area, and (c) determining changes in these parameters over time We propose to develop a system comprising a computer-controlled mechanical stimulator that will indent the skin and allow for quantitative determination of th e thresholds for either gentle indentation or pain. The stimulator will be operated with a set of programs that will allow for (a) quantifying the degree of sensory loss or enhancement at a particular location, (b) determining the physical extent of the af fected area, and (c) determining changes in these parameters over time.

Principal Investigator:

Daniel R. Robichaud
5088563688
DANIEL.ROBICHAUDII@UMASSMED.EDU

Business Contact:

Peter Grigg
Small Business Information at Submission:

GROVE INSTRUMENTS, LLC
GROVE INSTRUMENTS, LLC 38 MONADNOCK RD WORCESTER, MA 01609

EIN/Tax ID: 120256919
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No