Prince Harry visits VR Lab to see prosthetics and rehab research

Prince Harry visits Impact VR Lab

The Duke of Sussex learnt about the Communication and Computing Research Centre’s latest Virtual Reality (VR) research during a visit to Sheffield Hallam University last week. Prince Harry was given a demonstration of a system supporting the rehabilitation of amputees by Impact VR Research Lab lead researcher Ivan Phelan and Maurice Lee, a prosthetics user who has been helping to refine the […]

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WEDNESDAY 12 June 2019 – Lunchtime Seminar with Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University)

Title: Virtual Reality: How engaging content can aid rehabilitation and reduce pain Speaker: Ivan Phelan (Research Fellow, C3RI, Sheffield Hallam University) Abstract Virtual Reality (VR) technology is still in its infancy, but the technology is improving and becoming more affordable to a point where it will become a more mass-market device. Currently, the main market for VR is in entertainment. […]

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VR Researcher and Games Developer, Ivan Phelan introduces his research to the BBC

VR Game for Sheffield Children's Hospital rehabilitation project - Ivan Phelan

This week C3RI’s VR Researcher and Games Developer, Ivan Phelan spoke to the BBC about how virtual reality (VR) games can help patients through rehab. Ivan and his team are currently working on a collaborative project with Sheffield Children’s Hospital researching the ways in which VR might help children through rehab for limb injuries. This research will be featured on […]

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C3RI Researchers to lead funded project on how VR can help injured children through painful rehabilitation

People wearing VR headsets

C3RI secure £50,000 funding to lead on revolutionary work looking at how virtual reality can help injured children through painful rehabilitation. In a partnership between Hallam, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust the project, currently dubbed ‘VR Rehab PlayRoom’, aims to develop interactive VR scenarios which will require the children to perform the required exercises for […]

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Update from Ivan Phelan’s VR for Pain Distraction Project

VR research for burns patients

Ivan Phelan and his team have just completed the ‘Confidence in Concept’ phase of their virtual reality (VR) for pain distraction project.  This research used the application of VR gaming to medical procedures for burns patients with a focus on in-patients’ need for diversion from pain when undergoing painful dressing changes. Following a consultative workshop with burns survivors and clinicians, […]

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Virtual Reality Prosthetics: Body and Mind exhibition at Sheffield Winter Gardens 8-10 August 2017

The Virtual Reality Prosthetics: Body and Mind exhibition (funded by a Wellcome Trust Award) looks at the current technological, social and ethical contexts of upper limb prosthetics. It was co-developed by a multidisciplinary group from Sheffield Hallam University and young people from Sheffield University Technology College. The exhibition has its origins in a multidisciplinary project that used virtual reality technology […]

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Virtual Reality project reaches the finals of AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017

vr prosthetics event

A project that uses Virtual Reality (VR) technology to improve the training for amputees in the use of electronic prosthetic limbs has reached the finals of the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017.  The project is one of four finalist in the Digital Health category and is one of 32 finalists eligible for public votes in the People’s Award. The team of researchers, including C3RI’s Ivan […]

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Can Virtual Reality Reduce Pain for Burns Patients?

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Burns patients often suffer excruciating pain during dressing changes, even with analgesia. Ivan Phelan and his team have just been awarded MRC ‘Confidence in Concept’ research funding to use Virtual Reality (VR) as a distraction from the pain and discomfort experienced during these clinical procedures. During the first phase Ivan plans to recruit student volunteers to take part in a […]

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