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York Circle Lunch & Lecture

Please join us in person on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 9 a.m. for the York Circle Lecture Series, with host and moderator Jennifer Steeves, Associate Vice-President Research (AVPR).

Hear from two of York’s leading faculty members on interesting topics related to this year’s theme – The Pandemic: COVID’s impact on Canada’s health care system. The York Circle Lecture Series is open to our community of alumni and friends. Complimentary coffee, light snacks and lunch will be provided.

9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Registration, coffee and light snacks9:45 a.m.: Opening remarks10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: First session11 to 11:20 a.m.: Break11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.: Second session12:30 to 1 p.m.: Complimentary lunch1 p.m.: Event ends

The following speakers will be featured:

First session

Not just virtual, but virtuous reality: Therapeutic uses of VR for people with cognitive, sensory, and mobility impairments

Lora Appel (IBBA ’07), Assistant Professor, School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health

Virtual reality technology is increasingly being relied upon as a valuable tool in healthcare, for skills training as well as screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic applications. The pandemic has emphasized and called attention to the unmet needs of our growing aging population; at the same time, it ensured that digital and virtual care are here to stay. This talk presents some of the emerging research in therapeutic VR interventions across the spectrum of care from acute to community settings.


Second session

Obesity management during COVID and beyond – how to tip the scales in your favour

Jennifer Kuk, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Faculty of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to our health. For some of us, this period was also associated with rapid weight gain, while others were more successful at managing their weight. Learn about the science behind why weight loss is so hard, and strategies that may help tip the scales in your favour.



May 06 2023


9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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