Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge

Prize winners and other observers look on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio, as another $2.4 million is awarded through the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge.
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The winners of the second phase the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge were announced on Wednesday.

Each of the 12 proposals were picked from more than 50 entries submitted worldwide and received $200,000. The winners now have a chance to win a piece of the $8 million that Governor John Kasich set aside for the challenge.

University of Dayton

There's an old adage: The first step to change is knowing you have a problem. Kelly Cushion, a software design engineer at University of Dayton's Research Institute, decided to take it one step further. 

She wants to change the brain chemistry of people addicted to opioids to help them see they have a problem.

There is growing evidence that opioids quickly change the brain, making it more likely for users to get hooked and struggle to recover. 

This spring, researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute will experiment with a new program designed to help opioid addicts retrain their brains, breaking the addiction cycle with neurofeedback therapy.

State of Ohio / Governor's office

Yong Pei, a computer science professor at Wright State University in Dayton, had an idea for a technology-based alternative to painkillers: glasses that use augmented reality, where computer-generated information based on real world sounds, smells and other signals enhances what a person senses.

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The state has awarded nearly $10 million for several research and development projects that aim to stem opioid addiction.