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NIH Hosts Online Discussion About Virtual Reality

February 21, 2018
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About the Reddit Ask Me Anything event:

Featuring: NINR Adjunct Investigator and National Library of Medicine (NLM) Director Dr. Patricia Brennan, and other researchers from across NIH.

Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/7znjmj/hi_were_researchers_at_the_national_insititutes/

The ability to simulate experiences through virtual reality (VR) can expand opportunities for biomedical researchers, clinicians, and patients. Using VR technology, patients can now reduce stress, doctors can practice surgical techniques, and medical students can practice bedside manner in a virtual world.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) want to know more about VR—one of the most rapidly expanding areas of tech and gaming—and how it can impact medicine and health.

For instance, how can VR improve our response to emergencies during natural disasters? How can we improve upon VR’s use in rehabilitation after brain trauma? Can VR be used to improve the way doctors talk to their patients about genetics?

Those who wanted to learn more about these and other aspects of VR research at NIH participated in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) on February 23.

The AMA series was created by the Reddit community as an opportunity for individuals to field questions about anything. In effort to bring science education to the public, Reddit Science created an independent, science-focused AMA series to encourage discussion and bridge the gap between scientists and the public.

The National Human Genome Research Institute held the AMA, along with NINR Adjunct Investigator and National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Patricia Brennan, and other researchers from across NIH.

Read a transcript of the discussion

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