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Student Jessica Thompson uses virtual reality in the Applied Biomechanics Lab at UNC’s School of Medicine.
Student Jessica Thompson uses virtual reality in the Applied Biomechanics Lab at UNC’s School of Medicine. Photo by Devin Hubbard.

Sosnoff collaborates with UNC on virtual reality/MS study

Kinesiology and Community Health professor Jake Sosnoff and researchers in the Applied Biomechanics Lab at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine are using virtual reality to study early detection of multiple sclerosis.

The researchers believe this technology could allow patients to be diagnosed earlier.

Sosnoff said the virtual reality study is a way for researchers to try to detect subtle deficits in individuals with MS.

“People will tell us that they feel bad, but we look at their gait speed or MRI and we won't see any new impairments,” Sosnoff said. “We know that we have to develop new techniques to measure subtle deficits that we’re not picking up with some of our common tools.”

Read more about the results in The Daily Tar Heel.

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