New strategies for alleviating disabilities and impairments
Our research philosophy
Research teams are generally made up of people with knowledge and experience closely related to the fields in which the research is involved. Our team of researchers however, takes the overall environment of an impairment or disability into account when they’re looking for solutions with an innovative approach. They are therefore, heterogeneous teams that include, in addition to experts in the field, researchers from other environments too, with experiences that are not closely related to this one. Before anything happens in the laboratory, they develop ideas in frequent brainstorming sessions, in which the participants share their different experiences with each other. Suggestions are then put forward, discussed, amended, integrated, analysed in terms of benefits and feasibility, and compared with what the State currently has to offer. The group then carries out a trial, from patent cover to manufacturing a prototype and finally identifies potential manufacturers to consider, in terms of granting a manufacturing licence. The characteristics of the new resources are thus absolutely innovative and of proven efficacy.
The research team, which is called Phimomed, deals particular with phimosis, an impairment that previously, could not be taken care of by medications, but only through a surgical circumcision. By using a mechanical / dynamic type of approach instead, the Phimomed team developed a protocol that allowed the regression of phimosis until full natural physiological function was restored, i.e. which allowed the glans to be uncovered in erection, without the need to resort to surgery. The protocol they developed was called Phimostop.
Other patents and products have been designed and manufactured using this type of approach. Among the most important, we should recall Grafilux whiteboards, devices that allowed visually impaired people (that is, those with only 2% normal vision) to ‘write with’ light, and read, write and see what teachers had written on their slates, just like someone with perfect vision.