Plymouth State Balance Study

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Plymouth State University with the help of the New Hampshire INBRE group have begun a number of research studies on various topics. This current study is on falls in the elder population. The purpose of the study is to determine if there is a relationship predicting falls risk between the quantitative MatScan® and two commonly used qualitative clinical assessments, the Timed Up and Go and the Berg Balance Scale. Participants, ages 65-79 years old, able to ambulate with no more than a cane assist were recruited. Prior to testing, a Health and Activity Questionnaire and Balance Confidence scale were obtained. During one physical testing session, subjects completed a center of (foot) pressure testing using the Sway Analysis Module- SAM™ MatScan® System assessment, a Timed Up and Go (TUG), and the Berg Balance Scale (Berg). 

We are actively recruiting subjects who have a history of falling! Please click here for more information!

The whole project has been made possible by the New Hampshire IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. This network is sponsored by the National Institute of Health and has given several schools in New Hampshire the exciting opportunity to do research in a variety of different fields. The New Hampshire INBRE is sponsoring projects at Plymouth State University, Keene State College, Colby-Sawyer College, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Franklin Pierce University, Greate Bay Community College, New England College, River Valley Community College, Saint Anselm's College and University of New Hampshire. Projects include all subject areas such as bioinformatics, circadian time clocks, microbiology, human subject research and much more. The New Hampshire INBRE goals are stated on their website as:

"1) increase opportunities for students and faculty at Partner institutions to participate in original scientific research;

2) expand the base of ongoing research and research capacity at the Lead and Partner institutions and support the associated research cultures;

3) increase the frequency at which students who graduate from Partner institutions continue doing biomedical research in graduate education or employment;

4) enhance the science and technology training of the NH workforce;

5) enhance the bioinformatics infrastructure that is required for modern biomedical research."

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This is all made possible with the support of the National Institute of Health (NIH). For more information on the National Institute of Health you can visit their website at: