ZeroG TRIP Training Responses in Postural Rehabilitation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43AG059257-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43AG059257
Amount: $224,717.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA16-302
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-08-31
Small Business Information
21720 RED RUM DR STE 187, Ashburn, VA, 20147-5882
DUNS: 825904738
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 JOSEPH HIDLER
 (571) 292-8889
 hidler@aretechllc.com
Business Contact
 JOSEPH HIDLER
Phone: (571) 292-8889
Email: hidler@aretechllc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Project Summary The goal of this project is to significantly enhance our understanding and treatment of inadequate balance responses in the elderly and in patients with neurological impairments following external perturbations such as a slip or trip Our laboratory studies have shown that balance responses can be improved with practice in the elderly and in patients with Parkinsonandapos s disease PD However these laboratory studies have not been translated into clinical practice because there is currently no safe and reliable technology for training and quantifying balance responses particularly during overground walking The ZeroG gait and balance training system developed and now commercialized by Aretech LLC Ashburn VA allows individuals with gait and balance disorders to safety practice walking overground with concurrent body weight support and fall protection The current system does not allow patients to practice recovering from unexpected external perturbation for balance training nor does the system contain the necessary instrumentation for quantifying balance responses In this Phase I SBIR we will significantly enhance the capabilities of the ZeroG system by developing controlled balance perturbations of adjustable magnitude and direction that can be delivered during standing and overground walking The framework for the ZeroG balance perturbation sequences called TRIP Train Responses in Postural Rehabilitation will be based upon the scientific findings of our laboratory over the last decade We will develop the specific perturbation characteristics needed to train postural stepping responses in people with balance deficits due to PD and work closely with physical therapists on usability and safety Finally we will determine the feasibility and clinical usability of the ZeroG TRIP system through questionnaire feedback from patients and therapists Phase II of this SBIR will focus on additional technical development of the ZeroG TRIP system and subsequent clinical testing of the device Specifically we plan to develop and test innovative metrics of postural stepping responses for ZeroG TRIP using the body worn sensors with the partnership between Aretech LLC and APDM Inc We will also utilize the APDM sensors to track the patientandapos s movements throughout the gait cycle so that we can automatically trigger the TRIP perturbation rather than having to manually trigger the perturbation Finally we will refine the user interfaces on both the touch screen computer and wireless tablet making the controls intuitive for the user yet providing sufficient flexibility to control the perturbation sequences The clinical testing during Phase II will focus on comparing improvements in balance responses and balance confidence after training with TRIP compared to ZeroG body weight support walking in people with PD The ZeroG TRIP system will enable physical therapists to safely and systematically assess and treat inadequate balance responses which are a major contributor to falls disability and declining quality of life Project Narrative Falls and subsequent fall related injuries are a common and disabling result of aging and is exacerbated in individuals with neurological disorders The ZeroG TRIP system that will be developed in this project will enable physical therapists to safely and systematically assess and treat inadequate balance responses which are a major contributor to falls disability and declining quality of life

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