The Brain Injury HTC is pleased to announce below the winners of the Innovation Small Funding Competition. Further news will follow shortly.
1. Development of a tele-rehabilitation device to enhance walking recovery early after acquired brain injury
Dr Celia Clarke, University of East Anglia
This study aims to develop a smart “wobble board” allowing people with ankle control problems following a brain injury to independently carry out an exercise programme in their own homes.
2. Using social media to elucidate the unmet needs and support networks of people with acquired brain injury
Aaron Lawson McLean, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & University of Cambridge
This study seeks to analyse online discussion of ABI and discover the needs and interactions of patients to better understand their experiences.
3. Development of a novel technology-based biomarker for identification of mild traumatic brain injury
Dr Magdalena Letswaart, University of Stirling
This study hopes to create a new way of measuring neural change following injury, identify the routine behaviours which are most damaging and see what can be done to reduce the impact of the damage.
4. A pilot study of a tablet-based app for rehabilitation of the upper limb following stroke
Dr Sheree McCormick, Manchester Metropolitan University
This project aims to improve the recovery of the upper limb and offers long term rehabilitation in the home setting using a tablet-based app.
5. A Study of Novel Proteomic Biomarkers of Brain Injury in Term Newborns with Hypoxia-Ischemia
Dr Divyen K Shah, Royal London Hospital/Barts and the London School of Medicine, QMUL
This study is to create a blood-test for use at the bedside which can better select infants for the right treatment and determine the long term outcomes for individual babies who have suffered from lack of blood or oxygen.
6. Managing Contracture and Spasticity with Standing Frame Vibration: Feasibility Study Using the ORLAU Standing Frame
Dr Andrew Roberts, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
This project aims to design and develop a device which integrates a vibratory stimulus into an existing standing frame to reduce spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy, stroke and spinal cord injury.
7. Multidisciplinary computer-based motor and language therapy for acquired brain injury
Dr Holly Robson, University of Reading
The proposed project will develop and test a therapy software that combines treatment of language and motor impairments. The aim is that the software that can be used by more than one health profession to deliver therapy in a time efficient, personalised and motivating way.
8. Pre-Hospital Brain Imaging
Dr Mark Wilson, Imperial Hospitals NHS Trust and London Air Ambulance
This study aims to take diagnosis closer to the point of injury by assessing the accuracy of using a near infrared assessment tool to establish if a patient has a blood clot on the outside of the brain.