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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,924.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W81XWH-10-C-0218
Agency Tracking Number:
O093-H22-3055
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD09-H22
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.
176 Waltham Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
070615646
Principal Investigator:
Francois Asseman
Life Sciences Product Line Manager
(617) 926-6700
francoisa@amtimail.com
Business Contact:
Bruce White
President
(617) 926-6700
brucefw@amtimail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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