In 2006 we started our electronics+software+robotics activities… in the end of 2008 we started focusing our work on developing health related equipments… in 2009 we approved our first research investiment, a US$50,000.00 investiment with no refund needed to develop a device we called MDG… we kept our hard work… want to know what the results are so far?!
in 2009, competing as Master Degree Students with the project MDG, we won 1st place in the Innovative Ideas Contest promoted by FAPESB
PROBLEM: Aspiration pneumonia is the leading cause of death among Parkinson disease patients and is caused by is caused by swallowing disorders, typical i this cases. The gold standard for evaluating swallowing disorders is videofluoroscopy. A nonportable, scarce, expensive bedridden, difficult to be applied in bedridden patients, requires highly trained technical expertise, makes use of X radiation contrast and that results in subjective parameters based on the judgment of the examiners to evaluate the swallowing process current status.
PROPOSAL: MDG is a portable and affordable noninvasive device. The equipment can monitor sounds, breathing synchronization, displacement of the structures involved in the swallowing process, plotting all this data in real-time in a time based graph at the PC screen, so the doctors can evalute the patients swallowing pattern comparing those with healthy individuals patterns to determine quantitatively whether there are changes that may point to Silent Aspiration or other deviations from normal patterns of swallowing that may cause future Aspiration Pneumonia.
in 2010, competing as Master Degree Students with the project PARKIGLOVE, we won 1st place in the Innovative Ideas Contest promoted by FAPESB
PROBLEM: The muscular rigidity and the resting tremor are the most compromising symptoms for Parkinson disease patients. They make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks, like holding a spoon or coffee cup, and gradually increase the level of third parties dependence. Levodopa, the leading drug used in Parkinson disease treatment, has an average of five years to start with its side effects, wich includes tardive dyskinesia, and compromises even more the patient’s quality of life. Each patient responds differently to medication dosage and treatment, and smalllest responsive doses must be found. There is a great need of methods that can precisely measure the commitment of a Parkinson disease patient in order to define medication dosages based on pre-defined symptom classification tables.
PROPOSAL: PARKIGLOVE , once fixed in the upper limbs, the device continually measures the tremors and stores information data into a memory card. It works just like a HOLTER heart exam, after 24 or 48 hours the patient goes back to the doctor’s clinic and the data inside the memory card is used to make graphic that holds a complete history of the patient motor impairment, including muscular rigidity and the resting tremor. The time based graphic can be used to identify and evaluate medication responsiveness, allowing a effective treatment with minimal doses of medication based on the exact real needs of each patient.
in 2011, competing as Researchers with the project PATC – Parkinson Active Tremor Control, we won 3rd place in the Innovative Ideas Contest promoted by FAPESB
PROBLEM: The muscular rigidity and the resting tremor are the most compromising symptoms for Parkinson disease patients. They make it difficult to perform simple daily tasks, like holding a spoon or coffee cup, and gradually increase the level of third parties dependence. Levodopa, the leading drug used in Parkinson disease treatment, has an average of five years to start with its side effects, wich includes tardive dyskinesia, and compromises even more the patient’s quality of life. It is imperative to develop new techniques, so that minimal doses of medication are used to treat the disease, slowing the side effects down and improving the prognosis of the individuals.
PROPOSAL: PATC – Parkinson Active Tremor Control is a portable and affordable noninvasive device. Once fixed in the upper limbs, the equipment should be able to capture data and instantly define trembling patterns, process them and act proactively through local electro-stimulation, generating a signal equivalent in amplitude but phase reversed comparing to the impulses that causes the tremors. This technic results in noise cancellation and tremor reduction with use of less medication.
We would like to thank those who contributed and believed in our work! We are very pleased with the results so far… three times in a row is a lot but its far from being too much… so we will keep up the good work!
To know more about our work you can refer to BRUNIAN, our company website. You can also check this third parties news articles