The Therapeutic Gaming seminar aims to foster discussions among scholars, designers, healthcare professionals and enthusiasts, covering various game design aspects, scientific achievements, and various tips and tricks for commercialization. Three expert panelists from the digital therapeutics sector will provide a comprehensive and realistic perspective on the use of games for therapeutic purposes, including cognitive training, physical activity promotion, emotional regulation, brain assessment and optimization, and pain management. The panel will be moderated by Dr. John Muñoz (JohnHCI), a game designer and postdoctoral fellow at the Games Institute, University of Waterloo.
- Joaquin Anguera, Director of Clinical Division - Neuroscape; Associate Professor - University of California Digital Tools for Brain Assessment and Optimization
Joaquin grew up in San Diego, and in 2000 completed his undergraduate degree in Animal Physiology/Neuroscience at UCSD. While working on his Bachelor’s of Science and for some time after, he worked in a physical therapy clinic where the majority of the patients were older adults. His research examined how different cognitive processes contribute to motor learning in both young and older adults, primarily using fMRI and EEG methodologies to probe these questions. After graduating in the fall of 2008, Joaquin searched for a group where he would gain more experience in the realms of cognitive characterization and remediation and came across Adam Gazzaley's group, where he has been since January of 2009.
- Amir Bozorgzadeh, Co-Founder and CEO of VirtuLeap; Market Researcher, Games Publisher, Virtual Reality for Cognitive Training
Amir is the founder at Virtuleap, a sandbox for creative developers to showcase their virtual reality concepts to the world, which is currently running the world’s biggest WebVR Hackathon. He is also the European partner at Edoramedia, a games publisher and digital agency with its headquarters in Dubai. Their upcoming virtual reality brain training app offers a daily cognitive workout of short, intense and fun games scientifically designed to help increase attention levels and aid in addressing cognitive decline. Amir is also a market researcher, games publisher, and tech writer, currently working at the intersection of frontier tech and social impact.
- Josh Sackman, President and Co-founder at AppliedVR, Digital Therapeutics (DTx) Executive, Virtual Reality for Pain Management
Josh is the President and Co-founder of AppliedVR, a company pioneering virtual reality therapeutics to address unmet needs and improve clinical outcomes for patients with serious health conditions. He has spent the last decade building businesses at the intersection of health and technology. Sackman has been featured in Wired, Forbes and MIT Technology Review and has spoken at international conferences such as South by Southwest, Partners Connected Health and Health 2.0, as well as The White House about the use of virtual reality technology in healthcare.
**This is an online event via Webex; link will be provided upon registration. For our international audiences: event takes place at 4pm UTC**