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Chen wins funding for virtual reality home rehabilitation device

Karen Chen, a graduate student in the Living Environments Lab in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, recently won the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health Dissertation Grant for her proposal to develop a virtual reality device that could offer more cost-effective in-home rehabilitation. 

“Rehabilitation may be underutilized or limited by reimbursement, or that patients may have limited access by their disability or lives in remote locations,” says Chen. “Rehabilitation using virtual reality (VR) technology offers opportunities for more efficient, convenient, and accessible rehabilitation that can be performed at patients’ homes.”  The grant is awarded to PhD students at UW-Madison researching health and society, with the goal of improving health of all Americans. 

Chen is advised by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Robert Radwin

Mark Riechers