MyndVR Forms National Research Coalition to Study Virtual Reality and the Aging Mind

October 18, 2018

 

MyndVR, a tech, health and wellness company specializing in virtual reality solutions for people 55-plus, is pleased to announce the formation of the MyndVR Science Advisory Board and a national research coalition involving universities across the nation. MyndVR has deployed its technology in more than 18 states serving tens of thousands of seniors.

 

The research coalition will study the medical efficacy of VR on seniors with and without age-related conditions. The i

 

ndependent researchers include teams from Indiana University – Eskenazi Center for Brain Care; The University of Texas at Dallas; Florida Atlantic University – Visual Mind Lab; University of Pennsylvania – School of Nursing; Panola College – Occupational Therapy Assistant Program; and St. Barnabas Health System near Pittsburgh.

 

“There is a body of medical-based VR research out there, but there’s a void in research at the intersection of virtual reality and the aging mind,” said Chris Brickler, CEO and co-founder of MyndVR. “We have seen firsthand the positive impact VR has on seniors, and we are elated to provide our curated content, senior-friendly user interface and customized hardware to these innovative research partners.”

 

Dr. Joseph Maroon, clinical professor and neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, recently joined the MyndVR Advisory Board and will supervise the study at St. Barnabas. His team will track the benefits of VR on mood and overall well-being for seniors experiencing agitation, depression, anxiety and memory loss.

 

“I’m encouraged and optimistic that the studies will show the feasibility of virtual reality helping seniors,” said Maroon. “We hope to find out how it enhances their cognitive wellness through our research surveys.”

Dr. Walter Greenleaf, distinguished visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, joined the MyndVR Advisory Board to contribute his extensive knowledge and bring awareness to a growing industry.

 

“This will be a significant and personally meaningful project for me,” said Greenleaf. “There is a lack of awareness regarding the benefits of VR. Kudos to them for validating the effectiveness of their approach through research.”

 

If you are interested in joining the MyndVR research coalition, please visit www.MyndVR.com/vr-research, or contact Head of Clinical Research, Dr. Tariq Alfarra, at tariq@myndvr.com.

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