UH Virtual Reality Research on Heroin Aided by $1.25M NIH Grant
The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is the recipient of a 5-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the long-term use and health consequences of heroin use.
A primary project at the GCSW will focus on extinguishing heroin cravings. Researchers will follow users from young adulthood to older adult, and have at their disposal an innovative tool for their investigations—virtual reality.
“My aspiration to expand addictions research on campus will be realized under this grant,” said Patrick Bordnick, professor and principal investigator. “The virtual reality-based heroin craving project represents a culmination of 10 years of work. The virtual environments we have created provide exposure to the real world in the clinical setting allowing researchers to study drug-use behaviors on another level.”
Bordnick, the college’s associate dean for research, also directs the Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab.