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A functional and multimodal biofeedback device to treat balance dysfunction in mTBI patients.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0218
Agency Tracking Number: O093-H22-3055
Amount: $99,924.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-H22
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Solicitation Year: 2009
Award Year: 2010
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2010-05-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-12-09
Small Business Information
176 Waltham Street
Watertown, MA 02472
United States
DUNS: 070615646
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Francois Asseman
 Life Sciences Product Line Manager
 (617) 926-6700
Business Contact
 Bruce White
Title: President
Phone: (617) 926-6700
Research Institution

According to existing data, there are more than 1.5 million of Americans sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each Year. Balance disorders represent one of the main regular problems that patients have to deal with, and thus everyday. Rehabilitation programs do exist but they are dependable of the clinician or physiotherapist and they do not take in account the multimodal aspects of balance control. This proposal will be aimed to provide a novel and functional multimodal biofeedback device to train or retrain patients with mild TBI to control their balance. The biofeedbacks will be based on the Visual, proprioceptive and tactile/haptic information. This combination will allow the control of the level of information given to the patient as well as the customization to his deficit. We will primarly focus on the haptic mode, e.d. on the force feedback provided to the patient’s hand, in order to be able to conduct a neurosensorimotor retraining of the patient through a robotic device driven by the patient’s balance.

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