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Army partners on mTBI research

Oct. 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army says it will collaborate with Neuro Kinetics as part of an effort to improve treatment for soldiers suffering from mild traumatic brain injuries.

Pennsylvania-based Neuro Kinetics announced it will work with the Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory located at Fort Rucker in Alabama on a research project designed to improve treatment of soldiers with mild traumatic brain injuries, largely the result of improvised explosive devices and other threats in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Officials say the research, which will use Neuro Kinetics' I-Portal Neuro-Otologic Test Center system, is part of an effort to focus on early diagnosis of mTBI.

"It is our honor to be working closely with military researchers on this critically important effort," Howison Schroeder, Neuro Kinetics president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"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."

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