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Flexi-Mitts Study

Healthy Toddler Participants Needed to Help Develop New Diagnostic Technology for Premature Infants!

Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University are developing a device to assist in the early diagnosis of neurodevelopmental issues in infants born at a very low birth weight. The purpose of this research is to design and develop safe, stretchable, toddler-sized electronic sheets worn on the hand, called “flexi-mitts”.

During this research study, we may have your toddler wear a flexible, stretchy “flexi-mitt”. The flexi-mitt is a sheet of soft material placed on the skin of the hand. It is embedded with soft sensors so that we may measure the ways in which toddlers move their hands and interact with objects during different types of play.

We are inviting you and your toddler in for two study visits, approximately 10 months apart. The visit will last up to two hours, and you will receive one $50 gift card at each visit. Transportation or parking passes may also be provided as needed. Study visits will be photographed/video-recorded.

A scientific engineering review board and the Harvard Medical School Institutional Review Board (IRB) have approved all devices used in this study.

To be eligible, your toddler must:

  • Be around 1.5 years of age
  • Have been born at a healthy birth weight (more than 3.3lbs)
  • Have been born at full term (37 weeks or later)
  • Be in general healthy condition (no neurological or musculoskeletal disorders)

For more information or to participate, contact: clinicalresearch@wyss.harvard.edu, or 617-432-7704

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