Dr. Lora Appel Research Scientist, Openlab
University Health Network
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.