Games for Health Conference Opens Tomorrow

More than 300 people will attend the Games For Health Conference. The event opens tomorrow in Baltimore.

From the GFH press release:

The conference will explore the intersection of next-generation game technologies and health issues… attendees will participate in over 60 sessions provided by an international array of 75 speakers, cutting across a wide range of activities in health and health care.

Topics include exergaming, physical therapy, disease management, health behavior change, biofeedback, epidemiology, training, cognitive exercise, nutrition and health education.

Presenters include Dr. Richard Satava; Starlight Foundation; HopeLab; Realtime Associates; Virtual Heroes; XRtainment Zone; Archimage; Dr. Mark Baldwin of MindHabits; Electric Owl Studios; Noah Falstein of The Inspiracy; and Games for Health
co-founder Ben Sawyer.

The Games for Health Project was founded in 2004 and supports community, knowledge and business development efforts to employ game tech in order to improve health and health care. The conference press release describes the Games for Health Project as:

…produced by the Serious Games Initiative, a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars effort that applies cutting-edge games and game technologies to a range of public and private policy, leadership and management issues…

As a kickoff to the GFH Conference, a special news briefing for bloggers will be held at 1PM Eastern on Thursday:

The latest “gaming for health” trends — including “exergaming,” health elements in popular commercial games (e.g., a “disease” being unleashed inadvertently on the population in “World of Warcraft”) and sophisticated, new videogames used to train emergency medical personnel — will be outlined during a live, two-way phone-based blogger/online news event…

The blogger news event will feature Ben Sawyer, Games for Health Project co-founder and Chinwe Onyekere, program officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

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