Development of Head Cooling Device: temperature reduction after brain injury

Organisation : Critical Care Unit, RIE, University of Edinburgh
Grant Amount : £ 46,036
Project Dates : November 2012 to November 2016

Better methods of cooling patients after brain injuries (e.g. stroke, trauma) are badly needed. Head cooling is a promising method because it targets the site of injury, where temperature reduction is most needed. This project is the next stage in our research on convective (wind chill) head cooling, which is driven by our clinical experience in caring for brain-injured patients. We propose to produce a ‘technology-prototype’ head-cooling helmet and test it on health volunteers.
This is an essential stage in medical device development, comes prior to patient testing and potential commercialisation, and has limited funding avenues available to clinicians.