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NEURO KINETICS AND MILITARY RESEARCHERS IN PUSH TO IMPROVE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF COMBAT BRAIN INJURIES

T.R.U.E. Research Foundation supports I-Portal® NOTC-Based mTBI Study at Military Medical Centers

PITTSBURGH (October 29, 2009) --  With financial backing from a leading  nonprofit supporter of  military medical research,  medical device manufacturer Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (www.neuro-kinetics.com) said today that it is collaborating with the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and three other military medical facilities in a comprehensive research project to improve early diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI).

The coordinated research focuses on using Neuro Kinetics’ I-Portal® NOTC (Neuro-Otologic Test Center) system to evaluate and characterize vestibular, auditory and oculomotor conditions in soldiers suffering from hard-to-detect mTBI as a result of blast exposure.  An estimated 20 percent of soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from mTBI.

The other military medical facilities in the research project are Tripler Army Medical Center (Hawaii), The Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resilience and Recovery Center at Fort Campbell (Kentucky) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (D.C.).

The military researchers’ purchase of NKI’s I-Portal NOTC system was supported in part by grants from the T.R.U.E. Research Foundation (www.trueresearch.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that assists the military medical community. 

The project is expected to run until July 2010.

“It is our honor to be working closely with military researchers on this critically important effort,” said J. Howison Schroeder, NKI president and CEO. “Research suggests that the oculometric measurements included in the I-Portal NOTC’s battery of tests can provide effective neuro-physiologic and vestibular-auditory evaluations for mTBI, and that in turn can improve early screening and treatment.

“Our wounded soldiers deserve the best care possible and we are proud to be playing our part to deliver exactly that.”

The NKI-military collaboration comes as a number of U.S. military facilities have installed the I-Portal NOTC system to improve diagnosis and monitoring of returning brain-injured military personnel.  Numerous other federal government medical facilities, including those operated by the Veterans Administration and the National Institutes of Health, also rely on NKI  equipment for conducting daily clinical evaluations of patients as well as undertaking a wide range of research projects.


ABOUT NEURO KINETICS, INC.

Neuro Kinetics, Inc. (www.neuro-kinetics.com) is a fast-growing manufacturer 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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