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Assessment of Vestibular System Function by Diffusion Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 26017
Amount: $730,550.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1995
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
30 Yarmouth Road
Wellesley Hills, MA 02181
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rudolf J.c. Buijs
 (617) 237-7442
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Research Institution

The objective is to develop a technique and device which can be used to monitor and evaluate objectively the degree of impairment of the vestibular system throuh the analysis of the postural stability of an individual maintaining upright posture. This technique will be based on stabiliogram-diffusion analysis, which is a novel methodology for examining quiet-standing balance. During Phase I the specific aims are 1) to evaluate the ability of stabiologram-diffusion analysis to discriminate between health individuals and individuals with bilateral vestibular dysfunction, 2) to gain a preliminary understanding of how the vestibular system is integrated into the postural control system and 3) to begin developing a multivariate statistical technique that can be used to identify and diagnose individuals with vestibular disorders and evaluate quantitatively the progress of rehabilitation therapies applied to such individuals. The long-term objectives during Phase II are 1) evaluate the ability of stabilogram-diffusion analysis to discriminate between healthy individuals and individuals with different forms of vestibular dysfunction, 2) to establish a normative posturographic database, 3) to demonstrate the viability of the technique in providing quantitative assessments of vestibular function in individuals undergoing rehabilitation, 4) to provide an advanced software and hardware prototype of the system for evaluating vestibular function.

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