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HPD Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation


HPD has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for $225,000 to conduct research and development (R&D) work on a human head mimic phantom to standardize neurostimulation therapies, such as transcranial magnetics stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Both techniques show significant potential for treating Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and improving post-stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, but treatment protocols can have varying results due to differences in brain anatomy between patients. A TMS/tDCS head mimic phantom will broaden the clinical application of TMS and tDCS by enabling scientists to obtain a more quantitative understanding of electrical excitation and pathways in the human brain.