RESTORE: Immersive virtual reality treatment for restoring touch perception in people with complete spinal cord injury

In a recent discovery we revealed that 50% of individuals with complete spinal cord injury (SCI) still have surviving spinal somatosensory nerve fibres. This means the brain is still receiving messages. This is called “discomplete SCI” – a SCI person who cannot feel touch, but touch information is still forwarded from the place of touch to the brain. 

Currently there are no effective intervention to restore touch perception among those with discomplete SCI. Immersive virtual reality is being used to re-train the brain to identify the distorted signals from toe to brain as sensation (touch). This project offers new, exciting diagnostic and therapeutic avenues in SCI practice.

More detail can be found here.

This project is led by Associate Professor Sylvia Gustin.