Can Virtual Reality Help Drug Addiction Recovery

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Simon Fraser University (SFU) professor Farnak Farzan from the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering is leading cutting edge research in neuro-engineering, virtual reality and psychiatry to develop solutions to diagnose and develop recovery-focused treatments for youth struggling with addiction and mental health issues. Farzan was recently named the inaugural chair in Technology Innovations for Youth Addiction Recovery and Mental Health.

Farzan will also have a role with the City of Surrey’s Youth Mental Health initiative. She will work with stakeholders from universities, government, health authorities, civil services and social service agencies to create a Youth Mental Health strategy, focusing on substance use and addiction recovery. Farzan will also be partnering closely with John Volken Academy to pilot and test these innovations.

Read more about Farzan’s research project from CBC News.

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