£1.25 million funding boost for dizziness device

Published by  News Archive

On 22nd Dec 2021

A man wears a headset device designed to help diagnose dizziness.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) have been awarded £1.25 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to develop a device to help people with dizziness.

The Continuous Ambulatory Vestibular Assessment (CAVA) device is a wearable headset that monitors dizziness and diagnoses its causes.

The device has been designed to be lightweight, durable and can be worn day and night to monitor head and eye movements to help evaluate dizziness attacks outside of a hospital setting.

It is worn daily for many weeks by dizziness sufferers, and the data it records is then analysed by a computer to identify periods of dizziness and to suggest their possible cause.

It has been developed over the past three years by a team led by Dr John Phillips at the NNUH and Prof Stephen Cox from UEA’s School of Computing Sciences, funded by the Medical Research Council.

The award from the NIHR is to fund a large-scale project that will involve the participation of ten hospitals across the UK, including the NNUH, who will trial the device on patients.

By the end of the project, it is hoped that the device will be able to automatically identify  some of the most common causes of dizziness.

Prof Cox said: “This project unites medical expertise with artificial intelligence to help patients get treatments quickly and save the NHS money. We are delighted to have the funding to bring our device a step closer to use in clinics and hospitals.”

Dr Phillips said: “I am delighted that NIHR have decided to fund the next stage of this exciting project, as it provides a real opportunity to improve the lives of patients who are distressed by dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders.”

For more information about this research project, visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/cava-project/home

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