New York, NY

October 24th and 25th, 2019

The Immersive Media in Medicine symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians from Cornell University-Ithaca, Cornell Weill, and Cornell Technion. The symposium will focus on translational research in immersive media (augmented and virtual reality) for the solution of problems 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.

Co-chair, Dr. JoAnn Difede, is internationally recognized for her pioneering work using virtual reality technology in the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) consequent to the World Trade Center (WTC) attack of September 11, 2001, and more recently in treatment of combat-related PTSD, and burn pain. She has been PI of multiple multi-center Department of Defense (DoD), National Institute of Health (NIH), and industry grants to create and test virtual reality simulations in the treatment of PTSD and pain. Co-chair, Dr. Andrea Stevenson Won directs the Virtual Embodiment Lab in the Department of Communication at the Cornell University, Ithaca campus. Her lab’s research focuses on how mediated experiences change people’s perceptions, especially the embodied experiences possible with consumer immersive media devices. Research areas include the clinical and educational applications of virtual reality, and how nonverbal behavior as rendered in virtual environments affects collaboration and teamwork.

Participants from Cornell Ithaca will arrive by bus at lunchtime on the first day, which will include faculty presentations and an evening trainee poster reception.

The second day will include presentations in the morning and afternoon break-out sessions into focused working groups to discuss details of collaborative projects and grant proposals. Ithaca participants will return via bus on the evening of the second day.