Neuro Kinetics Inc, Pittsburgh, manufacturers of noninvasive medical diagnostic equipment used worldwide to test for vestibular and neurological conditions, has received a two-part grant under the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to further the company’s ongoing clinical studies to collect data for the objective diagnosis of sports concussions.

The Therapeutic Discovery grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 3 million sports-related concussions occur annually in the United States. For young people ages 15 to 24, sports are second only to automobile accidents as the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and mild TBI (mTBI).

The company is working with a major hospital to expand a database of baseline brain functioning for student athletes in Western Pennsylvania.

The company is also conducting research with a number of US military hospitals and health care facilities to develop new techniques for early diagnosis of TBI and mTBI suffered by soldiers from roadside blasts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

[Source: Neuro Kinetics]