PTSD SleepAid: A Circadian Rhythm Monitoring and Regulation system for patients with PTSD

PTSD SleepAid: A Circadian Rhythm Monitoring and Regulation system for patients with PTSD

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-16-C-0134
Agency Tracking Number: A16A-014-0137
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2016
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: A16A-T014
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Devendra Tolani
 (301) 294-4630
 dtolani@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mr. Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
 University of Central Florida
 Dr. Deborah Beidel
 The University of Central Florida Board of Trustees
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
Orlando, FL, 32826
 (407) 823-3254
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Department of Defense is concerned about adverse effects of circadian rhythm misalignment on sleep hygiene and well-being of service members and veterans who suffer from symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Intelligent Automation, Inc., University of Central Florida RESTORES center and consultants from Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, propose to develop PTSD SleepAid, an end-to-end sleep treatment system that monitors and regulates circadian rhythm, and engages patients in mind and body training to overcome sleep barriers (traditional as well as PSTD-specific). This work leverages the IAIs technology to monitor and regulate circadian rhythm in general populations and complements it with PTSD-specific sensor modalities (Galvanic skin response), user interfaces (based on user engagement and gamification) and a health provider web portal to address sleep hygiene problems in patients with PTSD. In addition to the light treatment recommendations, PTSD SleepAid will detect deviations of the patients from following treatment instructions (e.g. avoiding day time napping) and provide mind-body training techniques. Integrated use of sensor technologies and engaging/gamified methods will help patients adhere to the treatments. Under this program a web portal will be developed that allows health providers to monitor and interact with patients.

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