Welcome to the augmented and virtual reality health applications website. This site is designed to support and disseminate the research and development of health applications using these technologies at UBC. There are a number of projects at the university exploring the potential for these new technologies here, and we welcome contributions and membership by researchers or those with an interest in the field.

Quick Links to the News

We are in the news! Visit links below to access the news articles featuring our project.

CTV News: VR and pain research 
UBC Trek Magazine: Mind Games – Virtual Reality (page 22)
SFU Runner Magazine: UBC School of Nursing is exploring virtual reality uses in healthcare
Globe and Mail: Virtual reality shows new promise for treating chronic pain, B.C. researchers say
UBC Applied Science Ingenuity Magazine: The pain is all in your brain 

Participate in Our Research

Immersive Multimedia Experiences for Cancer Patients with Chronic Pain

Status: Recruiting. Please note that British Columbia is in Stage 3 of reopening. As such, we are now actively recruiting from Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Interior BC. 
Please see: Recruitment Poster. If you are interested in participating, please Contact Us.
Safety Measures During Recovery

Considering the current and evolving situation with COVID-19, safety is our top priority. We have implemented strict antiseptic procedures and will continue to abide by the most up to date guidelines for BC. We have also made modifications to our study to minimize physical contact, including moving a portion of the set-up visit for the clinical trail online. All study materials including binders and computer equipment will be sterilized with antiseptic wipes before packing. On the day of in-person visits, both participants and research personnel will be screened for symptoms. Our research personnel will wear personal protective equipment including masks and gloves. Participants will also be offered a mask to wear during in-person visits. If you have any questions related to safety, please do not hesitate to ask.

Please note that all of our team members are fully vaccinated as of Aug, 2021. We may ask for participants’ vaccination status prior to starting the trial.

Last updated: Aug, 2021

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. David Blaind

    My friend Wendy Boissevain suggested I contact you regarding your VR study in Victoria, BC. to help with chronic pain. I am a cancer survivor (testicular cancer – 1999) and I have had spinal disk fusion surgery in February 2015. Unfortunately I deal with chronic pain daily as the surgery did not significantly reduce the pain. I am interested in ways of reducing my chronic pain.


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