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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1 in 4: A fight against statistics

February 13, 2019 | Comments Off on 1 in 4: A fight against statistics

How immersive technology has the potential to accelerate our response in the global battle against mental illness

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Oxford VR awarded Immersive Healthcare of the Year for automated VR therapy

December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Oxford VR has been recognised at the Immersive Perspective Awards 2018, hosted by Virtual Perceptions, winning the Immersive Healthcare of the Year award. This follows a period of unprecedented growth for the business and a highly successful launch of its research into the use of immersive VR technology for mental health. The accolade comes on the back of research led by Oxford VR’s Chief Clinical Officer, Daniel Freeman, into the use of VR to deliver psychological therapy via a computer-generated virtual coach. The results of the research, which focused on fear of heights, were published in the Lancet Psychiatry to global acclaim.…

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Study provides first evidence that psychological therapy can be successfully delivered automatically in virtual reality (VR)

July 12, 2018 | 4 Comments

Today sees the publication in The Lancet Psychiatry of a pioneering clinical trial of automated virtual reality (VR) psychological therapy for fear of heights. Fear of heights is a significant problem for one in five people at some point in their lives, and most never receive treatment. Although VR has been used in the past for phobias, it has always required a therapist to guide the user through the treatment. Now a team led by Professor Daniel Freeman from the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry has developed a VR programme in which psychological therapy is delivered by a computer-generated virtual coach.…

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