Dr. Lora Appel Research Scientist, Openlab
University Health Network

Dr. Lora Appel

Dr. Lora Appel received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is a research scientist at Openlab, an innovation centre housed at University Health Network, the largest medical research organization in Canada. She leads “Prescribing Virtual Reality (VRx)” a collection of studies that introduce and evaluate AR/VR/MR interventions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers. She also holds a post-doctoral fellowship at York University in the Faculty of Health where she is involved in the design of a new curriculum incorporating VR for the School of Nursing.

Lora has expertise in applying design thinking & science methodology to healthcare innovation; She is passionate about finding solutions that provide care in the pursuit of a cure.


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