Multimodal Pediatric Motor Recovery System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43NS053032-01
Agency Tracking Number: NS053032
Amount: $173,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2005-2
Small Business Information
4415 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44103
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (216) 619-5904
Business Contact
Phone: (216) 791-6720
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The objective is to design, build, and clinically assess a Multimodal Pediatric Motor Recovery System, the PediAssist. Development will focus on functional motor recovery in the upper extremity of cerebral palsy (CP) patients. The PediAssist should improve the time course and amount of functional recovery from CP motor deficits. The system will utilize wearable stimulating and sensing technology to adaptively control a video game interface and provide a home-based system for continuing and monitoring therapy. A user worn game sleeve will be embedded with dry surface electromyography (EMG) recording electrodes, kinetic sensors, a stimulator unit, and a small radio transceiver. Movements, coordination patterns, and/or EMG levels will translate to clinician defined video game commands. Command thresholds and functional electrical stimulation (FES) to paralyzed muscles will be adaptively modulated based on user video game performance. Quantitative measures related to functional improvement will also be recorded and presented to clinicians. During Phase I, we hypothesize that 1) the wearable telemetry system will accurately record EMG and kinetic data and control game inputs 2) adaptive algorithms for modulating video game parameters and FES can be implemented, and 3) the system will provide effective feedback through the video game interface.

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