The NIHR Brain Injury MedTech Co-operative is delighted to announce the winners of the Seedcorn Funding Competition 2019.

This competition has been established to support early development of novel technology-based solutions applicable to the brain injury pathway, from prevention of the initial acute event through to longer-term rehabilitation. The Seedcorn awards of up to £10,000 aim to support proposals that are led by Academic Institutions, NHS Trusts, Third Sector Organisations and Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SMEs). In addition, it fosters collaborative projects that have a near term clinical impact or the potential to secure further substantial funding after proof of principle has been established.

Winners of the Seedcorn Funding Competition 2019:

  •  Delivering of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy following concussion (feasibility study), Mr Aimun Jamjoom, University of Edinburgh
  •  Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy for Rapid Stratification of Head Injured Patients, Dr Paul Brennan, University of Edinburgh
  •  Prediction of aggressive outbursts in traumatic brain injury patients using machine learning analysis of remotely acquired physiological and environmental  data, Dr Lucia Li, Imperial College London
  •  Detection of prodromal dementia symptoms in former professional footballers, Dr Michael Grey, University of East Anglia
  •  Development of wearable electronic sleeve for self-management of stroke rehabilitation, Dr Kai Yang, Etexsense Ltd
  •  THAT’S ITT! (Take Home Attention Training for Stroke, Integrating Technology into Treatment), Dr Polly Peers, University of Cambridge
  • Feasibility Study of a Virtual Reality Telerehabilitation Programme for Stroke patients in the community, Mrs Nicky Ellis, Hobbs Rehabilitation
  • External Cranial Plate Project, Dr Harry Mee, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • BISP (Brain Injury Sensory Prosthetic) Investigating usability of a wearable, Mr Szczepan Orlowski, Animorph Co-operative

 Our newly awarded 2019 funding competition winners will add to the Brain MiC portfolio of supported projects from 2018: 

  •  Investigating a portable-led virtual reality platform for assessment and rehabilitation of hemispatial neglect: a usability study, Dr Stephanie Rossitt, University of East Anglia 
  • Mobile app for delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy following concussion, Mr Aimun Jamjoom, University of Edinburgh
  •  Weareable Neurotechnology for EEG based Awareness Detection, Communication and Technology Interaction in Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness, Prof Damien Coyle, Ulster University
  • TOPS-Y: Adapting and piloting an online problem-solving intervention for young children with brain injury, Dr Anna Adlam, University of Exeter
  •  Selective brain temperature management after Traumatic Brain Injury – a preliminary study to support the application to i4i funding, Dr Andrea Lavinio, University of Cambridge
  •  Evaluation of stroke patient’s user acceptance and functional responsiveness to vibratory stimulation by active insoles in standing and walking, Dr Leif Johanseen, University of East Anglia

This portfolio is to meet with the needs outlined in the Unmet Need Directory.

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