Leading the conference as first keynote speaker and discussing gamification and its impact on healthcare delivery is Jane McGonigal, a visionary game designer and futurist who is harnessing the power of Internet games in new ways to help solve some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and tomorrow. A designer of alternate reality games, McGonigal, in her book Reality is Broken – a New York Times best seller – makes the case that the gamer spirit is the greatest asset when facing social, economic and environmental problems of the 21st century.
McGonigal, director of game research and development at the Institute for the Future, and director of Social Chocolate, a company created to make reality games engaging, earned a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2010, she was named by Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine as one of the twenty most inspiring women in the world; honored by Game Developer Magazine as one of the 50 people making the biggest impact in games; featured by The New York Times as one of 10 scientists with the best vision for what's coming next in 2011; and among Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2009.
The meeting's second keynote is Dr. Leroy Hood, a pioneer in the systems approach to biology and medicine. Hood, whose research focuses on the study of molecular immunology, biotechnology and genomics, will present on systems approaches to disease and the emergence of proactive P4 Medicine. Hood's professional career began at Caltech, where he and colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer – four instruments that paved t
|SOURCE The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center|
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