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OCAD to host international research summit exploring

links between cultural knowledge and health

(Toronto—November 5, 2009) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) will host a groundbreaking international research summit called Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society from November 23 to 25, 2009. Over 120 researchers, policy makers, professionals, and funding council representatives will be in attendance to hear dozens of speakers and participate in panel discussions and strategy sessions. All events are free and open to the public.

The summit, presented as part of OCAD’s Digital Futures Initiative, was born of the belief that adding the knowledge and insights from design, cultural industries and creative and artistic research to health research will lead to a more effective system of health care and prevention as well as foster technological innovation.

Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society brings together leading international and Canadian thinkers in the areas of design, art/creative research, cultural industries, health, humanities, social science, science and engineering to explore the possibilities of this interdisciplinary collaboration.

“The summit will explore ideas like how design thinking can help to understand mental health, and to help direct health research to better outcomes in rehabilitation research,” explains Dr. Michael Owen, Vice-President of Research & Graduate Studies at OCAD. “We will ask questions into how artists and designers can chart patterns of psychosis; discuss how design research is important to successful health technology adoption; and explore the collaborative possibilities between artists, designers, social scientists and medical researchers in the medical visualization space.”

Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society highlighted presentations:

Design and the Lived Environment: Healthy Outcomes
Monday, November 23, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dr. Roger Ulrich, Beale Professor of Health Facilities Design Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Faculty Fellow, Center for Health Systems + Design, Texas A&M University

Integrating Art, Science and Health; Visualization
November 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dr. Diane Gromala, Canadian Research Chair, Multidisciplinary and Multimedia Arts & Founding Director of Simon Fraser University’s BioMedia Lab,
Dr. Lincoln Stein, Platform Leader, Informatics and Bio-computing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research,
Nicholas Woolridge, Program Director, Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto

DESIGNing Health 2.0: Changing the Way We Manage Our Health
November 24, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Evans, Director, Health Media Lab, St. Michael’s Hospital
Moderated by Robert Luke, Assistant Vice-President, Research & Innovation, George Brown College

Art & Health: Healthy People, Healthy Communities
November 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Talk 1: “Spirits of Health”
with Dr. Cheryl Bartlett, CRC in Integrative Science, Professor of Biology, Cape Breton University and Elder Albert Marshall, Eskasoni First Nation, Mi’kmaq
Talk 2: “Technological Innovations for Creativity & Communication in Disability” with Dr. Lizbeth Goodman and Dr. Mick Donegan, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, London, UK

Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC/CRSH); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC/CRNSG); the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion; the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design; SHARCNET and the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION).

All events are free and open to the public, and take place at OCAD, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Registration is required. For complete program details and registration, visit www.ocad.ca/healthsummit.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Hilary Krupa, Research & Innovation Summit Lead, Cultural Knowledge and the Healthy Society, OCAD

416.977.6000 Ext. 447

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