A Non-invasive Brain Computer Interface to Remotely Monitor and Diagnose Warfighters at Risk for PTSD

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0202
Agency Tracking Number: O093-H18-3071
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-H18
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
1310 Prospect Farm Drive, Yardley, PA, 19067
DUNS: 831298950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Adam Simon
 Chief Executive Officer
 (215) 872-1549
 adam.jay.simon@gmail.com
Business Contact
 Adam Grossman
Title: Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (646) 831-1050
Email: adamdgrossman@hotmail.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Brain Computer Interface, LLC (BCI) proposes to investigate the feasibility of developing a non-invasive system (MindScope) to remotely monitor and diagnose warfighters at risk for PTSD. BCI will utilize wireless dry electrode electroencephalography (EEG) headsets communicating with laptop PC’s (later PDAs) running BCI software. Human Phase I study participants will perform BCI’s dynamic brain stimulation tests to generate data for analysis. In two independent studies, BCI will (i) record scans from healthy participants to confirm baseline reproducibility, and (ii) in collaboration with Sinai Hospital and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, assess feasibility to detect statistical differences in the power spectral density (PSD) metrics of PTSD patients, mTBI patients, and control participants. Established scientific literature has shown that EEG metrics can classify PTSD from healthy controls, but EEG technology has previously been too cumbersome to generate significant relevant data under dynamic brain stimulation conditions. BCI will leverage hardware advances and an extensive clinical data collection network to generate this data, and to innovate, analyze and apply it to create BCI’s MindScope mobile physiological testing system to assess brain health. Ultimately, the system will create personalized biometric brain signatures, allowing remote monitoring and diagnosis of brain status against baseline “normal” data.

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