Ongoing Studies


1

VIGOR Study

Description


  • Want to help researchers discover new ways to treat back pain?

  • While playing new, innovative, and fun virtual reality games!

  • Are you between 18-60 years old?

  • Experiencing back pain within the last 6 months?

  • Time commitment is 24 1-hour visits over a 58 week period.

  • Compensation is available.

VIGOR is a research study using an interactive game that may help reduce fear and increase spine motion in individuals with low back pain. The purpose of the study is to learn a new way to treat back pain. You are being asked to consider this study because you have chronic lower back pain and may have fear associated with movement.

You may qualify to participate in this study. If you qualify and agree to participate then you will be asked to visit VCU in Richmond, Virginia and participate in the study for about 58 weeks.

2

PARK MoVR Study

Description


  • We need your input to help understand how people with Parkinson’s disease engage with new technologies aimed at promoting movement!

  • Want to play new, innovative, and fun virtual reality games?

  • Time commitment is a single one hour appointment.

Our research aims to use a suite of interactive exercise games based in virtual reality to help those living with Parkinson’s disease increase and improve movement of your trunk and improve control over your posture. The purpose of the current study is to help us better understand how willing people with Parkinson’s disease are to engage with these new technologies, as well as find out which features of our exercise games are exciting, engaging and fun, and will promote you to move with confidence.

You may qualify to participate in this study if you have Parkinson’s disease and are able to move around without the help of an assistive device. If you qualify and agree to participate then you will be asked to undergo a single one hour demonstration of our VR exercises that are set up at our booth. If you are unable to participate today but are interested in participating at a later time, we can arrange an appointment to visit the Motor Control Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Coming Soon

Healthy MoVR Study

Description


  • We need your help to understand how different gaming environments and task goals influence movement behaviors in an immersive virtual reality setting aimed at promoting movement.

  • Want to play new, innovative, and fun virtual reality games?

  • Time commitment is one 3-hour appointment.

Our research aims to examine how healthy individuals move across a variety of different gaming environments and tasks that are currently in our suite of interactive virtual reality exercise games. The purpose of the current study is to help us better develop assessment and treatment tools for those with movement disorders including low back pain, stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

If you qualify and agree to participate then you will be asked to undergo a one 3-hour demonstration of our VR exercise suite. If you are unable to participate today but are interested in participating at a later time, we can arrange an appointment to visit the Motor Control Lab at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Coming Soon

Berg Balance VR

Description


  • Are you between 18-65 years old?

  • No problems with balance (known post-concussion syndrome, stroke, Parkinson’s, falls in the last 12 months)?

  • Want to contribute to scientific knowledge, developing objective balance measures?

  • The research will take place in the Physiotherapy department at the MCV campus and will last up to 2 hours.