Research Needs & Ideas

Calling all balance researchers!

Natus Medical often receives requests for research on balance, as a medical device manufacturer we look to the clinical market to satisfy those needs. 

The following is a list of ideas for research studies for publication:

Normative Data Expansion

Adding to and expanding the normative data set would be very helpful for clinical comparison.

  • Normative data collection for mCTSIB, LOS, RWS & WBS in ages 5-19 years old
  • Normative data collection for SOT & mCTSIB in ages 79+ years
  • Normative data collection for SET in ages 5-13 years old young athletes

Concussion Management

  • Stability Evaluation Test (SET), how it compares to BESS and SOT?
  • Comparison of young/college athletes return-to-play case studies using SET + DVA + GST.  Does monitoring the VOR provide clear indications of recovery for return-to-play decision making?
  • The importance of assessing “gaze stability” in addition to “postural stability” pre- and post injury, as part of a complete concussion management program.
  • Comparison of recovery times after concussion using the SOT, HS-SOT and GST.  We know that SOT recovers within 10 days (typically – Guskiewicz’ work).  We may be still sending athletes back to play too quickly.  The question is – are SOT recovery times the same as HS-SOT and GST recovery times after concussion?  Using higher level tests like HS-SOT & GST to make better RTP decisions. Also, compare to SET + GST.
  • Comparing force plate measures of SET and LOS with the iPhone accelerometer balance test versions, how do they differ and which is more sensitive, reliable and specific?

Fall Prevention

  • What injuries are related to falls in individuals whose Center Of Gravity (COG) alignment is off to one side on mCTSIB?

Vestibular Rehabilitation

  •  Comparison study of gaze exercises using computerized NeuroCom inVision VOR training software versus traditional subjective gaze exercises

General

  • Vibrotacile feedback for rehabilitation therapy, does it improve outcomes?
  • Does vibrotactile feedback using a belt at home provide improved patient outcomes?  Is this feasible in the therapy market?

Virtual Reality using Head Mounted Display

  • What are the outcome measures for rehabilitation therapy in patients with balance disorders/issues using  3D Virtual Reality  common environments with head mounted display?
  • What patient populations are candidates for balance rehab therapy using 3D Virtual Reality head mounted display?  How are these patients affected by Simulator Motion Sickness (SMS)?
  • How do different patient populations behavioral measures and immersiveness in the VR environment with head mounted display differ?
  • What are the behavioral measures and immersiveness of different patient populations in the VR environment with head mounted display?