QUANTITATION OF ORAL-MOTOR FUNCTION IN INFANTS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: HD038234
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
METABOLIC NUTRITIONALS, INC.
8510 SW WHITE PINE LN, PORTLAND, OR, 97255
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 NEIL BUIST
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Business Contact
Phone: (503) 292-0628
Email: BUISTN@OHSU.EDU
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
DESCRIPTION: (Scanned from the Applicant's Description): Hypothesis: Quantitation of sucking force and oral strength is useful in assessing infant with prematurity, neuromuscular, or developmental problems. No methods for this currently exist. We have developed and tested a detachable chamber containing a sensor with a recorder that quantitates intra-oral movements and pressures. It is portable and attaches to a regular infant feeding bottle. We show our device has diagnostic and commercial potential. Phase I plan: Testing the device in a clinical setting Preliminary trials in 40 normal infants to validate this approach Adding computer-based data acquisition Refining prototype design Families which intend to bottle-feed will be recruited at OHSU. Infants will be tested at 0-1 months and again at 4-5 months. Sessions will be supervised by a feeding specialist and videotaped. Intra-oral pressure will be recorded, and sucking strength analyzed statistically at both ages and over several time periods. Reproducible patterns will be sought and compared with the clinical data. Longer-term objectives include collaboration with universities to develop normal "orograms" and explore commercialization for routine assessment of oral dysfunction often associated with neuromuscular or developmental problems, and with prematurity. PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION: NOT AVAILABLE

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