US Army grants company $2M to develop concussion-detecting wearable device: 3 details

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Concussion diagnosis company Oculogica, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay are collaborating on wearable devices that detect concussions in military personnel and athletes, according to a May 18 news release.

Three details:

  1. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command gave Oculogica a $2 million grant to develop a wearable device to assess mild traumatic brain injuries in soldiers. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and West Point, N.Y.-based Keller Army Hospital are partnering with Oculogica on developing the device.

  2. The project will begin either late this year or early in 2022. The device has the opportunity to aid in diagnosing concussions and monitoring recovery for the military and in sports medicine settings to identify individuals who may have concussions and aid in making decisions on when it's appropriate to return to duty or sports.

  3. Christina Master, MD, physician and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the co-director of the Minds Matter Concussion Program, said, "This is an advancement the field has been waiting for, and it is so needed. … The ability to take this to deployed settings, such as the military or sports field, is a critical next step."

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