Reducing the Effect of Motion Sickness by Oculo-Vestibular Equilibration and Suppression (REMOVES)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0036
Agency Tracking Number: A102-126-0399
Amount: $69,908.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: A10-126
Solicitation Number: 2010.2
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303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, -
DUNS: 004627316
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anna Galea
 Principal Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
 agalea@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Andrea Hicks
Title: Contracts Supervisor
Phone: (937) 429-9008
Email: ahicks@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Motion sickness is of particular military importance in the transport of troops, be it by air, by land, or by sea. Motion sickness affects a person's ability to function at the peak of their performance, which is an important concern for troops being transported to the mission theater of operations. Despite the potential difficulties that can be incited by motion sickness, armed forces are frequently subjected to situations that can bring on motion sickness. Driving under indirect-vision driving (IVD) conditions is particularly disposed to result in motion sickness. Despite the importance of mitigating motion sickness, to date the only proven methods for reducing symptoms of motion sickness are pharmacological and thus, are of limited use to armed forces. Pharmaceuticals must be taken in advance of transport, a luxury of time our troops don"t always have. Moreover, they typically have associated cognitive effects which last long after transportation is completed. Our promising on-demand, non-pharmacological method of mitigating motion sickness, will be of considerable aid to our troops driving under IVD conditions, enabling them to reach destinations and complete missions without the adverse and prolonged effects of either motion sickness or traditional treatments.

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