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Dr. Chantal — SBIR Grant Reviewer and Expert

SBIR Grant Reviewer and Writer Dr. Chantal has close to 10 years of experience with the SBIR program and has received funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served as the principal investigator on a Fast-Track SBIR, as well as Co-Investigator and Consultant on several other SBIR projects, totaling more than $4M in small business funding. Chantal is a stand­ing reviewer of risk, prevention and health behavior SBIR and STTR grant applications at NIH, and has been since 2013. As a successful past applicant and experienced reviewer, Chantal quickly understands what makes or breaks a competitive grant proposal.

Chantal’s sweet spot is digital health applications (‘apps’) and therapeutics for normal cognitive aging and decline, as well as neurological disease and conditions (dementia, Alzheimer’s, MCI, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease). She is the co-author of two patent applications (1 issued, 1 pending) around brain training and disease symptom management in dementia using a digital therapeutic and software-as-a-service (SaaS) application.

To her work with small business owners and academic researchers or entrepreneurs in digital and public health, Chantal brings over 20 years of experience in clinical research and trial design as well as technology validation and feasibility studies in clinic, community, and the home. Chantal received a master in science in experimental psychology from the University of Amsterdam, and a Ph.D. in cognitive/medical psychology from Erasmus University Rotterdam, in her native country the Netherlands.

Upon finishing her training, Chantal joined the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA) where she studied the effect of anesthetic drugs on human memory, postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) and inflammatory markers. In doing so, she validated a novel measure of anesthetic depth in surgical patients based on the electroencephalogram (EEG), and used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in healthy volunteers. With a joint appointment in Psychology at Emory University, Chantal taught undergraduate core curriculum (Psychobiology & Cognition) as well as advanced seminars on the theories and physiological underpinnings of consciousness and memory

Chantal left Emory to join a startup in the technology incubator (ATDC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she build the evidence base for an assistive technology for dementia symptom management at home. She expanded the product offering and commercialization potential by moving the platform from desktop to mobile computing systems (tablet, smart phones), and from long-term care to the home, where the large majority of patients and their family caregivers live.

Today, Chantal shows others how to be evidence-based, user-centric, and well-f(o)unded.


To work with SBIR grant reviewer and writer Dr. Chantal, please visit our quote page and request her in the description area.


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