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STTR Phase I:Microgames for improving pediatric compliance

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National Science Foundation
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2011 / STTR
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6420 Congress Avenue Suite 2050 BOCA RATON, FL 33487-2811
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: STTR Phase I:Microgames for improving pediatric compliance
Agency: NSF
Contract: 1110250
Award Amount: $149,982.00


This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project will harness the popularity and ubiquity of mobile microgames on hand-held devices for educating children on self-management of chronic health conditions. Millions of children suffer from chronic conditions which require regular management, including asthma, diabetes, and food allergies. Children are less likely to adhere to proper medication and behaviors to manage their disease, and thus are more likely to be hospitalized for health emergencies that could have been avoided with proper management. This proposal aims to educate children via engaging, interactive microgames that train children to monitor and manage their chronic condition. The research objectives for this grant are to build and design a working prototype asthma education game for the iPod Touch and evaluate the game's usability and appeal among the target users. The project should result in an effective game that improves children's understanding of their condition and adherence to healthy behaviors. The broader impacts of the proposed project include improving the health of children with chronic health conditions. The project will aim to help children with a broad array of health conditions, and will improve their knowledge on self-management behaviors (monitoring blood glucose levels, taking inhalers, avoiding nuts, etc.) so that children stay healthier and avoid hospitalization. These microgames can be built for a variety of hand-held devices, including mobile phones and digital music players, which allows for wide-spread adoption and use among today's technologically-adept youth.

Principal Investigator:

Robert J. Levine
(561) 391-4448

Business Contact:

Robert J. Levine
(561) 391-4448
Small Business Information at Submission:

3600 FAU Blvd. Suite 201 Boca Raton, FL 33431-6474

EIN/Tax ID: 510426884
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Virginia School of Medicine
3600 FAU Blvd.
Suite 201
Contact: Lee M. Ritterband
Contact Phone: 5613914448