2016 UK-US Games for Healthcare Workshop

Dates: March 22nd and 23rd, 2016
Venue: Drexel University, ExCITe Center, 3401 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
Co-hosts: Dr. Frank J. Lee, Drexel University, US, Dr. Pamela M. Kato, Coventry University, UK, and the UK Science and Innovation Network

A two-day workshop held at  Drexel University in Philadelphia will bring together 20 leaders in games for healthcare from the UK and the US. The workshop will begin with presentations from the invited participants followed by a funding agency panel, which is open to the public. The remainder of the workshop will be for participants only. Agenda is listed below.



Tuesday, 22 March, ExCITe Center

[**Invited Talks section is open to public. If interested please RSVP here https://ukusgamesforhealth.splashthat.com/ **]

Breakfast (8:30-9am)
Welcome (9-9:30am)

Catharine Young – Head of DC, UK Science and Innovation Network, British Embassy.
Frank Lee – Associate Professor of Digital Media, Drexel University, US.
Suzanne Austin – Deputy Director for Research Councils UK.
Pam Kato – Professor of Serious Games, Coventry University, UK.

Invited Talks (9:30am-1:05pm)

Barbara Sahakian, Cambridge University, UK: “Serious Games for people with schizophrenia, people with mild cognitive impairment and also for healthy people” (PDF)

Joaquin Anguera, University of California, San Francisco, US: “Using digital health to build good brain health” (PDF)

Aaron Seitz, University of California,  Riverside, US: “The promise of brain training games” (PDF)

Art Graesser, University of Oxford, UK: “Challenges in Developing Serious Games to Promote Challenging Subject Matters” (PDF)

Dave Taylor, Imperial College, UK: “Major Incident Response Training for hospital staff” (PDF)

Minhua Ma, Huddersfield University, UK: “Serious Games for Respiratory Therapy” (PDF)

Walt Scacchi, University of California, Irvine, US: “Emerging Challenges with Game-Based Stroke Rehabilitation in a Nationwide Clinical Trial” (PDF)

The Future of Research in Computer Games and Virtual World Environments: NSF Workshop Report.

Pam Kato, Coventry University, UK: “Perspectives from Both Sides of the Atlantic: Serious Games in the US and the UK” (PDF)

[** Remainder of the workshop is for invited participants only **]

Lunch (1:05pm-1:45pm)
Funding Agency Panel (1:45- 2:45pm) 

Moderator: Frank Lee
Panel Participants: Suzanne Austin, Research Councils UK and Jon King, National Institute of Health

Break (2:45-3pm)


Breakout Session (3-4pm)

Facilitator: Pam Kato
Discussion about regulatory issues for serious games.
Leaders: Aaron Seitz, Thomas Talbot, Barbara SahakianArt Graesser

Breakout group presentations (4-4:30pm)

Dinner (6pm) – Cozara, 3200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA. Google map


Wednesday, 23 March, ExCITe Center

Breakfast (9-9:30am)
Breakout Session (9:30-10am)

Facilitator: Art Graesser
Discussion of yesterday’s breakout session and review of first day.

Breakout Brainstorming (10-11am)
Break (11-11:15am)
Breakout Presentations and Discussion (11:15am- 12:15pm)
Lunch (12:15-1:15pm)
Panel from industry (1:15-2:15pm)

Moderator: Ioannis Paraskevopoulos (PDF)
Panel Participants: Aaron Seitz (Carrot Neurotechnology), John Yosaitis (Medstar SiTEL), Paul Manning (Pfizer), Paul Diefenbach (enAble Games)

Break (2:15-2:30pm)
Next Steps and Whole Group Discussion (2:30-3:30pm)

Facilitator: Pam Kato



Drexel profs play games with Brits to improve health” Philadelphia Inquirer. (Front Page, Business Section).
Philly’s health IT scene should pay attention to the rise of ‘serious games’” Technically Philly.
Drexel Hosts Workshop For Therapeutic Video Games” CBS Philadelphia.
Drexel workshop to discuss if video games can improve health” Philly Voice.
Drexel’s US-UK Games for Healthcare Workshop” British American Business Council.

A wonderful curated tweet stream of the event on Storify.

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Primary Sponsors:
UKScience embassy

Additional Sponsors:
excite crop OR

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