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Utilizing Science, Technology and the Arts to Transform Pain

October 19, 2011 - 2:00pm PST, 5:00pm EST
Recorded in October, 2011


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Pain is universal to human existence. One in five Canadians experiences chronic pain. On average, they wait two to five years before seeing a pain specialist. This webinar features Prof. Diane Gromala, who has suffered from chronic pain for several decades. She will provide an overview of the exciting potential of new technologies and interaction design in helping to improve the lives of people who live with long-term chronic pain.

This webinar will offer some fascinating highlights on:

  • immersive VR research: promising early results, 
  • studies in the use of robotics to alleviate anxiety, 
  • new developments in using social media to combat social isolation, 
  • the importance of conducting research studies and participating in them.


Prof. Diane Gromala, PhD

Dr. Gromala is the Canada Research Chair and Professor in the School of Interactive Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Her virtual reality (VR) work is used in over 20 clinics and hospitals worldwide, and is supported by research grants from Canada’s Networks for Centres of Excellence (NCE GRAND), CIHR, SSHRC, and the American National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Gromala is the founding director of the Transforming Pain Research Group, an interdisciplinary team of physicians, computer scientists, artists, designers, a neuroscientist and psychophysicist who are investigating how new technologies can be used to address the many facets of chronic pain. She is also a member of the DeGroote National Pain Centre's committee for Patient Advocacy.

This event is cosponsored by CIRPD and Pain BC.  

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