Oxford VR Nominated for a UK Digital Experience Award 2019

April 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists for this year’s UK Digital Experience Awards for the Best Use of Emerging Technology (AI/VR/AR). Our focus is on developing clinically validated, cost-effective, user-centred treatments for clinical conditions with significant impact on patients, the health system and wider economy. That means targeting complex conditions such as psychosis and social anxiety. – Barnaby Perks, CEO

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Daniel Freeman Discusses Technology and Mental Health at Edinburgh Science Festival 2019

April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Daniel Freeman attending Edinburgh Science Festival 2019 amongst a global network of inspirational speakers. Edinburgh Science Festival celebrates science and technology with a diverse programme of innovative events. “Specific areas of focus will include Healthcare Frontiers, Engineering Frontiers, Digital Frontiers, Environmental Frontiers and Planetary Frontiers.” Prof. Freeman was on a panel alongside Prof. Ruth Aylett exploring how technology is used to improve mental health, exploring virtual reality to treat depression among other conditions and more. Daniel spoke to The Herald, exploring further the use of VR. Something which should be used alongside therapists, not as a replacement for therapists. “I think we actually need more…

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Oxford VR named One of 10 European VR startups to look out for

February 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

EU Startups puts the spotlight on European startups, encouraging entrepreneurship. They are the leading startup publication in Europe. It is with great pleasure that EU startups has named Oxford VR as one of 10 European VR startups to look out for in 2019. They have explored the most innovative VR startups, describing Oxford VR as, “Revolutionising therapy using virtual reality, building psychological treatments using state-of-the-art immersive technology.” Find out more about what they have to say about us here. Click here to find out more about Oxford VR and what we do. For further information or to arrange media interviews please contact:Georgina…

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Daniel Freeman discusses the use of VR therapy at the Royal Society

February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Daniel Freeman is attending the Royal Society today to discuss the use of VR therapy using reality simulations as evidence-based psychological treatments.

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A History of Delusions with Daniel Freeman

December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Daniel Freeman explores delusions in a 10-part series called a A History of Delusions on BBC Radio 4. Delusions are often difficult to define and understand, what better way to understand delusions than by listening to people who have experienced them first-hand. Delusions are often seen as a belief that are false but yet so real and true to the person experiencing them.

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Fear of heights v2: new characters!

December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
Rescue Cat

As version 2 of our fear of heights VR therapy nears completion, here’s our latest update. Since our last post, the development team have been hard at work updating characters. Nic, our virtual coach, has continued to take shape with the delivery of data from the motion capture shoot at Audiomotion Studios in Oxfordshire and with the help of  Helen Jessica Liggat. We have reworked background characters — and a new cat too!

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Recording Fear of Heights

October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

We’re excited to be finishing work on version 2 of our fear of heights treatment. As part of the process, we recently spent time at the excellent Audiomotion Studios in Oxfordshire recording voice and movements for our virtual coach, played expertly by Helen Jessica Liggat. See below for a selection of images from the shoot.    

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Oxford VR at the Global Ministerial Health Summit

October 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

We were delighted to attend last week’s Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, at the invitation of NHS England.   The event brought together political leaders, innovators, experts-by-experience, policy makers and civil society to share the most effective and innovative approaches to mental health and psychosocial disabilities. The summit saw ministers from all over the world agree the first International Declaration on equality for mental health.   Oxford VR was represented by Polly Haselton, our Clinical Partnerships Manager, and by Drew Smithsimmons, Partnerships Consultant. Polly and Drew demonstrated our automated fear of heights treatment and discussed digital mental health care with attendees…

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National Institute for Health Research publishes NIHR Signal on Fear of Heights

October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre has this week published an NIHR Signal on Oxford VR’s fear of heights treatment. NIHR Signals are accessible, actionable summaries of recent, important health research. They aim to put good research evidence at the heart of decision-making in the NHS, public health and social care. The Signal focuses on our study, ‘Automated psychological therapy using immersive virtual reality for treatment of fear of heights: a single-blind, parallel-group, randomised controlled trial’, which was published earlier this year in The Lancet Psychiatry.     You can find our Signal, ‘Virtual reality therapy reduces fear of…

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Oxford VR concludes major new investment round to boost pace of product innovation in Virtual Reality psychological therapies

September 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

University of Oxford spinout inks clinical paper in Lancet Psychiatry, appoints CEO and sets up Oxford HQ and London development hub   Oxford VR, a spinout company from the University of Oxford, has raised £3.2m with investors including Oxford Sciences Innovation, University of Oxford, Force Over Mass, RT Capital and GT Healthcare Capital Partners. This new investment round powers the pace of company growth to bring automated immersive, clinically validated Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to market as user-centered treatments for patients with mental health problems. Oxford VR’s first product, an automated VR treatment for height phobia, was tested this year in a…

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