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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is a technology that will transform medicine, and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute is already a leader in using immersive virtual reality to visualize 3D tissue structures. This powerful tool allows doctors and researchers to understand how these complex structures within the human body are related spatially to other tissue structures. These visual insights, and the data and analytics that they lay over them, can inform and inspire new thinking for novel medical treatments. For example, a neuron has lots of branches, and virtual reality can enable doctors and researchers to understand better its complex structure, one that we can quantify and map more easily using both powerful visualization and analytical tools.

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.

Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

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