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How Virtual Reality Is Changing Medicine

  • 1100 Jefferson Drive Southwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Learn about the cutting-edge science and technology of this emerging area of medicine with Susan Persky, director of the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Persky discusses virtual reality's applications in biomedical research with and for patients, in medical education, and in clinical environments. She explains promising and diverse applications of virtual reality, such as in treatment for PTSD and phobia desensitixation; rehabilitation for brain injury; patient assessment and training in conditions like autism; and practical training on complex procedures and difficult clinical conversations for medical students.

Tickets are $30 for Smithsonian members and $45 for non-members and can be purchase here.