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GRADIENT COILS TO ENHANCE MRI RESEARCH IN MENTAL HEALTH

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41MH064970-01
Agency Tracking Number: MH064970
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2002
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
INSIGHT NEUROIMAGING SYSTEMS 60 PRESCOTT ST
WORCESTER, MA 01605
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 CRAIG FERRIS
 (508) 799-6464
 INSL@INFI.NET
Business Contact
 CHRIS FERRIS
Phone: (508) 831-7020
Email: INSL@TELEGRAM.INFO.NET
Research Institution
 WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
 
WORCESTER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE
WORCESTER, MA 01609
United States

 Nonprofit College or University
Abstract

LONG RANGE OBJECTIVES To develop products that enhance research methods and applications in animal research using magnetic resonance imaging to study mental illness. PHASE I The planar gradient coil, or PROTOTYPE we propose to develop will optimize the working area inside MR spectrometers expanding the experimental applications and the types of animals that can be studied in small bore ultra-high field magnets. This PROTOTYPE would be an innovative advance in gradient coil design that could substitute for the conventional cylindrical gradient coils that appreciably reduce the working area in the magnet. The specific aims are: (1) Simulate the magnetic field homogeneity and linearity for different wire patterns and planar dimensions using numerical modeling programs, (2) Based on the simulation data, design, construct and bench test the electrical performance of the PROTOTYPE, and (3) Test the performance of the PROTOTYPE in a monkey functional imaging study. HEALTH RELATEDNESS Using non-invasive MRI in various animal species, particularly monkeys to study brain development and function will make it possible to: (1) design prospective studies to understand the etiology and pathophysiology of mental illness, and (2) evaluate the site of action and efficacy of new drugs developed for the treatment of mental illness.

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