Development of a Fieldable Brain Trauma Analyzer System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$119,841.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-09-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number:
A082-074-0382
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
A08-074
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
ENGINEERING ACOUSTICS, INC.
406 Live Oaks Blvd, Casselberry, FL, 32707
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
556465946
Principal Investigator
 Bruce Mortimer
 Director R&D
 (407) 645-5444
 bmort@eaiinfo.com
Business Contact
 Gary Zets
Title: President
Phone: (407) 645-5444
Email: zets@eaiinfo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Studies have estimated that as many as 22% of soldiers serving on the frontline may be at risk of mTBI from blows to the head or shockwaves caused by explosions. mTBI or concussion is also often associated with sports injuries and civilian trauma, with an estimated 5.3 million Americans living with disabilities that resulted from TBIs, according to the CDC. An immediate and definite need exists for a low cost, portable, real-time diagnostic device for the quantitative assessment of cortical function, and diagnosis of mTBI. This proposal has as its aim the development and demonstration of such a device, and related testing protocol. mTBI is hypothesized to involve derangement or damage to the underlying cortical network in such a way as to limit the functional connectivity within and between cortical columns. We will develop and investigate an approach that tests the intactness of the somatosensory system as a measure of the intactness of the neural connectivity. The system will utilize a simple wearable tactile device and a protocol that is based on response to complex tactile stimuli.

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