NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 17, May 6, 1994


P.T. 34


  Neural Stimulation 


  Physiological Controls and System 

  Neuromuscular Disorders 


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The Neural Prosthesis Program of the National Institute of

Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of

Health, is seeking a contract to develop and test a system for

functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) consisting of implantable

receiver-stimulators and transducers-telemeters and an easily donned

extracorporeal transmitter.  Multiple implantable microstimulators

that selectively stimulate paralyzed muscles in a controlled fashion

may permit an individual to use his or her own muscles as the motors

to produce limb movement.  Multiple implantable microtransducers that

sense contact, grasp force, and limb position from either implanted

transducers or intact sensory receptors may provide sensory feedback

from an otherwise insensate limb.  To produce a useful system, these

sensory and motor prostheses are being developed together as standard

and compatible building blocks of an integrated FNS system.

Personnel with expertise in animal testing, telemetry, biomaterials,

packaging, custom circuit design, and bioengineering are needed.  It

is anticipated that one award will be made in February 1995 for a

period of three years.


This is not a Request for Proposals (RFP).  An RFP will be issued on

or about April 26, 1994 with proposals due on June 27, 1994.  All

responsible sources will be considered by the agency.  To receive a

copy of the RFP, submit a written request, along with  two self-

addressed mailing labels to:

Laurie A. Leonard

Contracts Management Branch

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Federal Building, Room 901

7550 Wisconsin Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20892



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