WHAT’S CANADA BUYING? Collecting Data for Stress, Brain Injury Studies

This from MERX:

…. The Department of National Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), has a requirement for access to a psychophysiological data collection facility along with technical support to assist in the data collection and analysis. The services will be performed as and when requested by DRDC. The facilities will include the following;

  • 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner
  • Sleep lab facilities
  • EEG system
  • Equipment to collect eye movement data
  • Equipment to collect and analyse salivary melatonin
  • Equipment to collect and analyse salivary cortisol
  • A room with at least four electrical outlets and four desks and/or tables where laptop computers can be installed for data collection

(….)

The period of work is from date of contract award for a period of two years and will include the irrevocable option to extend the term of the Contract by up to 2 additional one year period(s) under the same conditions.

The estimated limitation of expenditure is $339,000.00 (HSTI) from the date of award for a period of two years, and $56,500.00 (HSTI) for each of the option periods. The minimum work guarantee is $20,000.00 from the date of award for a period of two years and $10,000.00 for each of the option periods ….

More details on the call for bids here.

How are they using the data they’re collecting? This from attached Statement of Work here (via Army.ca)….:

…. Sustained operations in adverse conditions (e.g. the arctic) can give rise to a wide range of stressors (e.g., fatigue, social isolation, and circadian dysregulation) that can impair the effectiveness of Canadian Forces (CF) personnel. To develop countermeasures to mitigate the deleterious effects of stressors, it is necessary to first develop a scientifically validated framework that can quantify the effects of stressors across a wide range of psychological and physiological measures. Furthermore, many of the physiological and psychological measures that are also used quantify brain function among neurologically healthy adults are also used to measure functional and structural integrity in populations with head injury, including those with mild-to-moderate brain trauma. As such, given the overlap in the required facilities for data collection for currently active in, we propose to secure access to a comprehensive and configurable suite of psychophysiological data collection facilities for the lifetime of (i.e., up to four years) ….

… and Tony’s Plain Language Version:

DRDC Toronto’s running a series of studies on how to deal with stress factors faced by CF members in tough climes and situations (fatigue, feeling isolated and screwed up sleep patterns). Before you can figure out how to deal with the stress-causing factors, you need to know exactly what effects they have on the body. Since the things we measure to do this are the same as things we measure to see how brain injured patients are recovering, we’re looking for a lab where all these measurements can be taken and shared among the different studies we’re working on.

Bidding deadline: 10 Nov 10, 2pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

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