The Immersive Media in Medicine Symposium, held on October 24th and 25 brought together students, researchers and clinicians from Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, and Cornell Tech. The symposium focused on translational research in immersive media (augmented and virtual reality) for use in medicine and healthcare education. Attendeeshad the opportunity to present recent work, learn about funding opportunities, and initiate collaborations.
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.