Author: Brian Chau, MD

Virtual Reality: A Medical Education Revolution?

Virtual Reality: A Medical Education Revolution?

It’s always important to ask what the evidence is with any new technology in healthcare, including medical education. Recent advances in virtual reality (VR) tech offer the potential for engaging, interactive learning experiences for medical students and residents, but is there actually any evidence to support this? A recent study in the Journal of Oral […]

Can Virtual Reality Tackle Phobias?

Can Virtual Reality Tackle Phobias?

Duke University has started offering a novel treatment for phobias: virtual reality (VR) exposure therapy.  Patients are interviewed and offered therapist-guided virtual reality treatments in an immersive, computer-generated environment that correspond to their particular source of anxiety. This isn’t for just any phobia, as the Duke Faculty Practice only offers environments for those with fear […]

Unfolding DNA using Virtual Reality to Cure Diseases

Unfolding DNA using Virtual Reality to Cure Diseases

The Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition is featuring an innovative take on virtual reality (VR) this year – using VR to study the elaborate structure of the genome. Designed through a collaboration between the University of London and Universita di Napoli, the project’s stated goal is to better under underlying genetic causes leading to […]