THRIVE (Transforming Healthcare through Immersive Virtual Environments)

Goldsmiths VR for Health Conference 

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4th July (Tuesday) 9:30am - 6pm

Venue: LG01, Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH), Goldsmiths, University of London

We aim to bring together partners from academic, healthcare, and the industry to open up the possibilities of VR as a transformative technology for health and healthcare. VR has been shown to be effective at tackling some of the most challenging healthcare issues of our time, potentially offering scalable and impactful solutions for medical training, managing patient pain, treating mental health conditions, improving wellbeing, and rehabilitating patients. To achieve this vision we need healthcare professionals, VR developers and researchers to work closely together to develop high quality VR technologies that genuinely address healthcare needs. For these technologies to be successful we also need to rigorously evaluate them using methodologies that are informed both by medical and VR research. This workshop will be an opportunity to share the latest research and best practice as well as a networking opportunity to develop new collaborations. 



Conference Chairs:

Prof Sylvia Pan, Prof Marco Gillies, Prof William Latham, Prof Atau Tanaka


9-9:20am Registration

9:20am Opening

9:30am - 10:45am Session 1: VR for Community Health (Chair: Prof Sylvia Pan)

Prof Henry Potts (Population Health, UCL) 

Rebecca Gill (VR Therapies

Zillah Watson (Phase Space)

Dr Payal Ghatnekar (Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust)

10:45 - 11:15am tea break

11:15am - 12:30am Session 2: VR for Clinical Therapy (Chair: Prof Atau Tanaka)

Prof Lucia Valmaggia (KCL)

Kevin Moss (CEO Rescape)

Ayisha Ashfaq (Royal Free)

Chandrasekar Rathinam (Birmingham Women's & Children's Hospital NHS Trust)

12:30pm - 12:45pm Demo Pitching Session

12:45pm - 1:45pm lunch and demos

1:45-3pm Session 3: VR for Brain Sciences and BioScience (Chair: Prof William Latham)

Dr Dennis Chan  (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL)

Steven Taylor (Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford)

3:00 - 3:30pm tea break

3:30-5pm Session 4: VR for Medical Training (Chair: Prof Marco Gillies)

Prof Sylvia Pan (Goldsmiths)

Tara Collingwoode-Williams (Goldsmiths)

Dr Pratheeban Nambyiah (GOSH) 

Mark Knowles-Lee (JoinXR)

Prof Sam Vine (Exeter University)

Prof Jagtar Dhanda (Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)

5pm - 5:30pm Final Remarks & Discussion 

5:30 - 7pm Drink Reception & Networking