Safe sex, clinical depression, PTSD, knee replacement rehab, Parkinson’s, acquired brain injury, nutrition, weight loss, diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, nightmares, cancer, dancing, HIV, emergency response. What do these have in common? They’re all subjects of videogames, and are all featured topics at the seventh annual Games For Health conference in Boston next week.

The Games For Health conference is one of the largest gatherings of researchers, medical professionals and game developers interested in learning about and shaping the impact that videogames have on health and health care. For three days (5/16-5/19), several hundred people will hear how videogames and game technology are being used across a variety of disciplines—neuroscience, healthcare, defense, game development, pediatric medicine, and behavioral health among them. There are games for things like weight loss, smoking cessation, disease management, and pandemic preparedness, and game technology has been adapted to help soldiers recover from traumatic stress, train paramedics in emergency response, and speed up post-injury rehabilitation.

For more information about Games For Health, follow this link:

About Games For Health

And be sure to preview the conference schedule here:

G4H ’11 schedule

Check back here throughout the week, as I’ll be posting updates from the conference.

  1. So excited… Even as a conference attendee, I will be following Devin’s updates. Looking forward to the Games For Health Conference. Pleased that the Baltimore-based nonprofit, Protect Yourself1, Inc will be discussing the integration of their organization and HIV prevention program (Safe2Live) into Second Life via TechSoup’s NonProfit Commons and into OpenSim via JokaydiaGRID. Indeed “Reality Evolved”!

    Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)
    Social Media Consultant
    aka SarVana Haalan (Second Life/JokaydiaGRID)
    Sarvana Cherry (JokaydiaGRID/OSgrid)

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