Developers Of New Concussion Device Credit Beaver Dam For Laying Groundwork

(Beaver Dam) Two sisters who helped develop a new process for diagnosing concussions say they are thankful for the support shown by the Beaver Dam community. Doctors Rosina and Uzma Samadani both moved to the city when their father got a job as a doctor at a local clinic roughly forty years ago.

As first reported on Thursday, Uzma founded the neuro-diagnostics company Oculogica in 2013 and, with the help of her sister Rosina and their team, created EyeBOX. The device, which just received FDA commercial marketing approval, uses cutting-edge technology to track eye movement as patients are watching a four-minute video. The data gathered allows doctors to better diagnose their condition and suggest treatment procedures.

Rosina says Beaver Dam played a crucial role in their work. She says both the Beaver Dam and Wayland Academy football teams contributed in clinical studies. For the length of an entire football season the Oculogica team tracked head injuries at both schools. Rosina says the information they were able to get from tests on concussed players was extremely valuable.

Oculogica also received help from the emergency department at the Beaver Dam Community Hospital and a local eye doctor’s clinic. Rosina says both the players and their parents have not only been supportive but offered insight and assistance in the devices design and functionality. She says they also provided moral support to their team.

Oculogica is based in New York but their engineering office is located in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Rosina says they plan to come back to Beaver Dam to utilize local resources in their research.


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