The Immersive Media in Medicine Symposium will bring together students, researchers and clinicians from Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, and Cornell Tech. The symposium will focus on translational research in immersive media (augmented and virtual reality) for use in medicine and healthcare education. Attendees will have the opportunity to present recent work, learn about funding opportunities, and initiate collaborations.

The symposium will take place in the Belfer Research Building, located at 413 East 69 St, New York City, on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Participants from Cornell University can register to attend the event in person in New York City or can register to view a livestream of the event from the Department of Communications at Mann Library on the Ithaca Campus.

Co-chair Dr. JoAnn Difede is the Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies & The Virtual Reality Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work using virtual reality to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) consequent to the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001. More recently, she has applied this technology to the treatment of combat-related PTSD and burn pain. She has received numerous grants from the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations to create and test virtual reality simulations in the treatment of PTSD and pain. Co-chair Dr. Andrea Stevenson Won directs Cornell University’s Virtual Embodiment Lab in the Department of Communication. Her lab focuses on how mediating people’s experiences using virtual reality will change their perceptions, causing them to collaborate and learn differently than they would otherwise. Research areas include the clinical and educational applications of virtual reality as well as how nonverbal behavior rendered in virtual environments affects collaboration and teamwork.

Participants from Cornell University will leave the Ithaca campus at 6:30 a.m. and arrive at Weill Cornell at lunchtime on the first day. The day will continue with faculty presentations and an evening poster reception featuring students.

The second day will include presentations in the morning and afternoon break-out sessions for focused working groups to discuss details of collaborative projects and grant proposals. Following the end of the day’s events, Cornell University participants will return to Ithaca via bus.