WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
Beyond the realm of gaming, augmented & virtual reality have opened unanticipated windows to a host of future applications and immersive virtual reality (VR) is enjoying a second boom. From the time of its first boom in the 1990’s, researchers have demonstrated that VR is an effective non-pharmacological analgesic for short-term, acute pain. This month’s guest speaker, Dr. Diane Gromala, has been pioneering the use of VR for long-term chronic pain, cancer pain, and more recently, for addiction recovery. She discusses this rapidly growing aspect of VR and brings VR demonstrations from Simon Fraser University’s Pain Studies Research Lab.
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5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Discussion
$25. per person
Members & guests. Includes canapé reception. Chit bar available
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Diane Gromala, PhD, is Canada Research Chair in Computational Technologies for Transforming Pain, and the Founding Director of the Chronic Pain Research Institute and the Pain Studies Lab at SFU. She pioneered the use of immersive virtual reality (VR) for chronic pain and its sequelae, and is investigating the potential roles of VR technology, digital media content and embodiment in discovering the mechanisms of VR’s efficacy in reducing pain. Dr. Gromala emphasizes an evidence-based, biopsychosocial approach to the design of VR systems that includes patients, their health experts and other stakeholders from inception to participatory design and validation in clinical trials.