UNCG researchers use virtual reality to address human health challenges


Send this article by email What is your name? Please indicate below the emails to which you want to send this article: UNCG researchers use virtual reality to address human health challenges Enter one email per line. No more than 5 emails. Send Close UNC Greensboro has been awarded a $22,500 Inter-Institutional Planning Grant (IPG) by the UNC System to study the use of virtual reality (VR) technology to solve major human health challenges. Directing the grant work are Dr. Christopher Rhea, lead principal investigator (PI) in the Department of Kinesiology at UNCG, and Dr. Jason Franz (co-PI) in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. Together they are bringing the collective expertise of researchers, clinicians and educators from UNCG, UNC-CH, NCSU, ECU, Winston-Salem State, N.C. A&T State, UNC Wilmington, Elon University, High Point University, Guilford College, Cone Health System and UNC Hospital/Rex Healthcare.
This funding allows UNC Greensboro to host a series of meetings to bring people together from a wide range of human health disciplines to discuss how VR could be used to enhance their research and clinical interests.
“This cross-system collaboration highlights the UNC System’s commitment to moving findings from the lab into real-life impact,” said UNCG Provost Dana Dunn. “Already the system is ahead of the curve in adopting VR to enhance human health. This interdisciplinary, cross-system funding will help us bring virtual reality technology directly to health care settings, where it’s needed most.”
UNC System researchers know that VR technology, which is becoming more and more affordable, can be used in human health diagnosis and rehabilitation. In fact, scientists across the system are currently conducting research in this field. (At UNCG, see work of Dr. Rhea.)
But how do we accelerate the production of this knowledge and the movement of that knowledge from the lab to …

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