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Fifth Annual Games for Health Conference Kicks Off in Boston
Date:6/11/2009

More than 300 Join to Discuss Health Game Trends and Developments at Boston Hyatt Harborside June 11-12

BOSTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning today, the Games for Health Project (www.gamesforhealth.org) kicks off the 5th annual Games for Health Conference at the Boston Hyatt Harborside. Having grown more than 300 percent since its initial year, the next two days will bring together several hundred of the sharpest minds in the game development and health fields to explore the use of game technology in health and health care, discuss recent industry advancements and collaborate on future projects.

This year's conference offers:

  • Keynotes from health and gaming industry leaders including Shyang Kong, Senior Producer for EA SPORTS Active
  • Over 50 sessions featuring 100 experts -- including speakers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment -- presenting on topics including health training, behavior change therapy, cognitive exercise and exergaming

Conference sessions include:

  • What Kids Get Out of Video Games: The Presence of Games in Healthy Child Development; Cheryl Olson, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Using the Wii to Assist Parkinson's & Burn Victim Patients; Ben Herz, School of Allied Health Sciences Medical College of Georgia; Sam K. Yohannan, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Games for Health and Education: A Policy Report and Discussion; Moderated by David Lowenstein, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
  • Additional presentations by Doris Rusch of MIT's Gambit Lab; Partners Health; Virtual Heroes; Hope
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