People with neck weaknesses as a result of neurological diseases are set to benefit from improved designs of neck supports thanks to a new collaborative D4D project.
D4D, SITraN and Sheffield Hallam University have received an NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) grant for the development of a novel neck-collar.
The need for this project was initially proposed by the DeNDRoN Clinical Studies Group for motor neurone disease, with support from carers and patients, who approached D4D with the view that current neck collars are inadequate in terms of function, comfort and cosmesis.
The project originated as one of three case studies used in the D4D/KT EQUAL funded design workshop in July 2010. The new project will start in April 2012.