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MILITARY MEDICAL EXPERTS TO OFFER UPDATE ON PUSH FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF COMBAT BRAIN INJURIES

Master Class at Battlefield Health Conference in Washington, D.C.


PITTSBURGH (March 9, 2010) -- As the U.S. military urgently seeks new and more accurate tests to detect mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) –a potentially life-long disability afflicting an estimated 20 percent of U.S. soldiers returning from  Afghanistan and Iraq --  leading military medical researchers will present a detailed update on efforts to improve early diagnosis, monitoring and treatment during the upcoming Battlefield Healthcare conference (www.battlefieldhealthcare.com) in Washington, D.C.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (www.neuro-kinetics.com), manufacturers of noninvasive vestibular and neurologic testing test equipment used worldwide, is sponsoring a two-hour master class at the conference on March 31st. 

Military medical researchers currently are investigating whether oculometric measurements included in the battery of tests included in Neuro Kinetics’ I-Portal ® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) and I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) systems can provide effective neuro-physiologic and vestibular evaluations for mTBI.  If so, earlier diagnosis of mTBI – and therefore improved care – would be possible.

“We are encouraged by the findings of the military’s research and are eager to educate the broader military healthcare community,” said J. Howison Schroeder, Neuro Kinetics chief executive officer and president.

Military medical experts scheduled to participate in the Battlefield Health master class include:

  • Dr Holly Burrows, Traumatic Brain Injury Team, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Captain Karen Lambert – Officer in Charge, Traumatic Brain Injury Team, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Robin Pinto – Traumatic Brain Injury Team, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. David Twillie, Director of Research & Program Development,  Warrior Resiliency and                                      Recovery Center,  Blanchfield Army Community Hospital,  Fort Campbell, KY        

Neuro Kinetics currently is assisting in a comprehensive research project, funded by the T.R.U.E. Research Foundation (www.trueresearch.org), in conjunction with the USAARL and other military medical facilities, that seeks to establish a mTBI testing protocol for the military.

A number of U.S. military hospitals have installed the I-Portal system improving diagnosis and monitoring of returning brain-injured military personnel.  Other federal government medical facilities, including those operated by the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health, also rely on Neuro Kinetics equipment to conduct daily clinical evaluations of patients as well as to undertake a range of research projects.

ABOUT NEURO KINETICS, INC.
Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (www.neuro-kinetics.com) is a fast-growing innovative manufacturer and marketer of noninvasive medical test equipment used worldwide by audiologists, neurologists, neuro-otologists, ophthalmologists, otolaryngologists and other medical specialists in the detection and evaluation of neurological, otological and vestibular disorders. The privately owned company, originating in the 1970s, pioneered the development of vestibular and neuro-otologic testing equipment, including the renowned Barany (rotational) chair. The company's patented products include the I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) system, I-Portal® VNG (Video Nystagmography) system and I-Portal® VOG (Video Oculography) system, along with related accessories, software, training and support services. Users include doctors and researchers in universities and government facilities as well as specialists in fields such as audiology, neurology, neuro-otology, ophthalmology and otolaryngology.



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John Buckman
Buckman Communications, for Neuro Kinetics, Inc.
+ 1 412-381-2900 or jbuckman@buckman.biz