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Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing

VSimulators at Exeter provides the opportunity to explore quality of life, well being, exercise, health and societal impacts for motion impairment in vulnerable groups.

VSimulators at Bath facilitates research into the impact of environmental factors and the perception of motion (Sopite Syndrome) on the health and well being of occupants.

Additionally the VSimulators facilities at Exeter is supported by access to world renowned research academics focused on Health & Wellbeing, identifying opportunities for innovation in footwear, pitch design and training methods.

As an example, mobility impairment and falls are associated with a large personal and societal cost, with problems being attributed to a combination of individual factors (physical, cognitive and psychological) combined with environmental conditions. VSimulators offers the opportunity to study multi-factorial mechanisms, such as simulating falls to help understand the mechanisms of balance, falls, near-falls and active ingredients, which may form the basis of rehabilitation programmes. This research links into the built environment, by influencing the design of hospitals and consideration for how those with balance issues can access public transport. Research in this sector can be supported by collaborations with experts such Vicki Goodwin, MBE at the University of Exeter Medical School, or Genevieve Williams, a biomechanist in Sports and Health Sciences.

The video clips below and Case Study links provide insights as to how VSimulators can be used for investigations into Health and Wellbeing.

Research Funding Opportunities

Research funding is available under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, particularly within the Healthy Ageing sector, with an increasing demand for innovation lead solutions to societal challenges.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss a research idea.

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Using virtual reality and multi-sensory cues to understand and treat chronic pain

PhD student Joao Mineiro has been awarded an EPSRC-funded studentship to explore whether virtual reality can be used in the treatment of chronic pain.

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Researching the influence of temperature and relative humidity on work performance and productivity

PhD student Sharareh Ghanbari is using the University of Bath VSimulator to explore the influence that temperature and humidity have on work performance, wellbeing and productivity in office buildings.

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Investigating occupant discomfort in tall buildings

University of Bath PhD student Kaveh Heshmati is conducting research into occupant comfort in tall buildings using the globally unique VSimulators facilities, which are designed to simulate realistically wind-induced vibrations in tall buildings. His research will use the VSimulators facility at the University of Bath.

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