Medical Virtual Reality

The Medical Virtual Reality group at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies is devoted to the study and advancement of uses of virtual reality (VR) simulation technology for clinical purposes. In diverse fields including psychology, medicine, neuroscience and physical and occupational therapy, the ICT MedVR group explores and evaluates areas where VR can add value over traditional assessment and intervention approaches. Areas of specialization are in using VR for mental health therapy, motor skills rehabilitation, cognitive assessment and clinical skills training.

Established in 1999 and sponsored by the U.S. Army, ICT brings film and game industry artists together with computer and social scientists to develop immersive environments for military training, health therapies, science education and more.

Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 8.48.06 AMCheck out this video from the Cerebral Palsy Family Network highlighting the collaboration between Dr. Belinda Lange, who heads up the Game-Based Rehab work at the ICT and reseachers at UCLA/Orthopedic Hospital’s CP Center. They are using and developing video gaming technology with the Microsoft Kinect to give children with Cerebral Palsy access to playing video games that normally require a mouse and keyboard.  This work is funded by the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF).