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Research with West Virginia University – Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, USA

The West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI) is improving lives by pioneering advances in brain health. With the latest technologies, an ecosystem of partners, and an integrated approach, the institute is making tangible progress. Its goal is to combat public health challenges ranging from COVID-19 to addiction to Alzheimer’s, benefiting people in West Virginia and beyond.


Scientific study with Zerobody

The Principle Investigator, Joshua Hagen, PhD, at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, is conducting an 18-month scientific research effort during which Zerobody will be evaluated in a study comparing two different types of floatation methods and, secondly, we will identify the feasibility of utilizing Zerobody in a study that focuses on a specific clinical population affected by concussions, addictions and chronic pain”.

The primary aim is to quantify the neurological system’s ability to dynamically recover from daily stress, specifically focused on balancing our sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) systems. Although the Institute is examining multiple recovery modalities, this effort will focus on the use of floatation for increasing sleep hygiene and attention while reducing physiological measures of daily stress and subjective stress levels.


Facts and figures of the study

18 = months of duration

800 = number of total float sessions expected

50 = expected number of participants

4 = researchers involved


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Scott Galster

Vice Chair & Director of Applied Research, West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute

“The RNI is continuously evaluating new methods and technologies to identify emerging tools that will help achieve our health and wellness goals for our AMP2 populations (Athletics, Military, Patients, General Population). We are excited to evaluate the Zerobody dry float system in our pursuit of these objectives.”