Lora Appel

May 23, 8:30am - 10:00am EDT. Hosted at Design Exchange

part of a series on Preserve

About the speaker

Lora Appel is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics at the Faculty of Health at York University, and a Collaborating Scientist at OpenLab, an Innovation Centre housed at University Health Network, the largest medical research organization in Canada.

She leads Prescribing Virtual Reality (VRx) a collection of studies that introduce and evaluate AR/VR/MR interventions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. She received several grants from the Centre for Aging in Brain Health Innovation to pursue this work in aging and Dementia care and is collaborating with the Toronto Public Library on VRCHIVE, a workshop that uses VR to capture local memories of older adults.

Lora’s expertise is in applying design thinking and science methodologies to healthcare innovation; she is passionate about designing interventions that provide care in the pursuit of a cure.

Lora is also involved in the design of diVRsity, a new curriculum at York University that empowers students to capture accessibility issues on campus.

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IMPORTANT TO NOTE May 23rd’s event is a THURSDAY, make sure you have the right date on your calendar!


May’s theme is Preserve.

Our Charleston chapter chose this month’s exploration of Preserve and, Chris Nickels illustrated the theme.