Vanessa Olbrecht.The Olbrecht research lab seeks to improve pediatric pain management outcomes, to help avoid the use of unnecessary opioids, and to identify patients that may be at risk of difficult-to-manage pain. Our current interest includes the use of virtual reality (VR) in the management of pain. Our goal is to develop individualizable, immersive, psychological-based therapies delivered via VR to reduce pain and opioid exposure in children.

Our lab is an active member of the Consortium for Understanding Pediatric Pain (CUPP) at Cincinnati Children’s, a consortium that integrates world-class pain research and expertise across multiple groups to amplify synergies and collaborations in research, training, and patient care.