Charles River Analytics Inc., developer of intelligent systems solutions, has received additional funding from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build our Constructed Environments for Successfully Sustaining Abstinence Through Immersive and On-Demand Treatment (CESSATION) virtual reality (VR) system. CESSATION uses behavioral therapies in VR to better combat nicotine dependency and mitigate relapse. We have partnered with MedStar Health for the two-year CESSATION follow-on contract, which is valued at $1 million.
“Current methods for smoking cessation are effective, but the odds of relapse remain high,” said Dr. Bethany Bracken, Senior Scientist at Charles River Analytics and Principal Investigator on the CESSATION effort. “Our CESSATION app helps reduce nicotine dependency through VR. CESSATION maximized efficacy of existing behavioral therapies, making them more immersive and accessible, both to widen the audience and to encourage more frequent and consistent use.”
Screenshot from the Phase I CESSATION virtual reality system showing a choice between a smoking cue (the smoking cigarette in the ash tray on the right) and a neutral cue (the glass of water on the left) to allow smokers to practice resisting smoking cues
We intend for CESSATION to become a commercially available, affordable app that gives smokers unparalleled access to cessation therapy. Once smokers download the app, they can access tools at their convenience—outside of scheduled doctor visits and especially during nicotine cravings.
The CESSATION effort furthers our growing portfolio of efforts in mixed reality/virtual reality/augmented reality and healthcare support and training. CESSATION uses our Sherlock™ platform, with which we can create realistic apps that reason about human physiological, neurological, and behavioral states.
Contact us to learn more about CESSATION or our other virtual and augmented reality projects.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271201700037C.
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About Charles River Analytics: Since 1983, Charles River Analytics has been delivering intelligent systems that transform our customers' data into mission-relevant tools and solutions to support critical assessment and decision-making. Charles River continues to grow its technology, customer base, and strategic alliances through research and development programs for the DoD, DHS, NASA, and the Intelligence Community. We address a broad spectrum of mission areas and functional domains, including sensor and image processing, situation assessment and decision aiding, human systems integration, cyber security, human-robot interaction, and robot localization and automation. These efforts have resulted in a series of successful products that support continued growth in our core R&D contracting business, as well as the commercial sector. Charles River became an employee-owned company in 2012, to set the stage for the next-generation of innovation, service, and growth.