University of Cambridge’s Dr. David Menon is a clinical neurointensivist who is specializing in traumatic brain injury. He’s an advisor for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Azrieli Brain, Mind & Consciousness program, and he was an attendee to CIFAR’s Future of Neuroscience and VR workshop in May. Menon is new to the realm of virtual reality, and he was impressed with learning about how far the immersive technologies have progressed over the last number of years.
Menon sees that there is a need for better cognitive and motor skill assessments after a traumatic brain injury, and that virtual reality could be the perfect medium to create a more engaging assessment tool. VR could also collect a lot more quantifiable data as compared to other methods for assessing the extent of a traumatic brain injury, which usually requires long periods of sustained concentration. I had a chance to catch up with Menon after the CIFAR workshop to talk about some of the open research problems he’s looking at related to the assessment of traumatic brain injuries, the limits of sensory addition or sensory substitution, the future of big data and tracking people over long periods of time as a form of assessment, and what the intersection of VR and neuroscience could learn from genomics.
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