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Virtual Reality Skills Training: Nicotine Dependence

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
60767
Program Year/Program:
2004 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
DA016085
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC.
2440 LAWRENCEVILLE HWY, STE 200 DECATUR, GA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Virtual Reality Skills Training: Nicotine Dependence
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R42DA016085-02
Award Amount: $781,935.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): After successfully demonstrating the feasibility of virtual reality cue exposure (VRCE) for smoking in a phase I trial, we proposed to develop a virtual reality skills training (VRST) treatment for nicotine dependence based on traditional cognitive behavioral coping skills programs. VRST combines computer graphics with sensory input devices including: tracking devices, visual head mounted displays (HMD), and directional audio designed to immerse a participant in a computer-generated virtual environment. VRST for nicotine dependence will combine the elements of VR with specific drug cues, environments, drug related social interactions, and other associated stimuli in the safe, confidential and controlled lab or office treatment setting. VRST combining video images and exposure to complex cues will expand traditional cue-exposure (reactivity) approaches and will offer distinct advantages over traditional treatment approaches. This project focuses on the development of seven additional VRST scenarios combining both computer generated and video images depicting smoking cues (e.g. cigarette packages, ash trays, burning cigarette) and smoking social interactions (e.g. being offered a cigarette in a social context, riding in a car with a smoker, approaching a building entrance where people are smoking). In addition, a VRST treatment manual will be developed. The feasibility and efficacy of VRST will be tested in a clinical pilot study with cigarette smokers. One hundred nicotine dependent smokers recruited from and urban inner city asthma clinic and will be randomized to either VRST + nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or NRT only (NRTO). A ten week treatment trial will compare VRST+NRT versus NRTO on cigarette consumption, co-levels, and cessation rates across treatment and follow up (1, 2, 3, & 6 months) time periods. In addition, all participants will be assessed for cue reactivity (craving and physiological) at baseline, week 4 and week 10 using VRCE. The overarching aim of this project is to develop and test VRST cessation approach for nicotine dependent cigarette smokers. The long-term goal is to develop and test the VRST, and develop affordable turnkey, VRST systems that will be commercially available to substance abuse programs, individual therapists, hospitals, and drug addiction researchers for nicotine and other drugs of abuse.

Principal Investigator:

Patrick S. Bordnick
6784075204
BORDNICK@BELLSOUTH.NET

Business Contact:

Ken Graap
4046343400
GRAAP@VIRTUALLYBETTER.COM
Small Business Information at Submission:

VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC.
VIRTUALLY BETTER, INC. 2450 LAWRENCEVILLE HWY, STE 101 DECATUR, GA 30033

EIN/Tax ID: 582258285
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Lawrenceville, GA 30602
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university