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Medicine Meets Virtual Reality is coming soon!

I’ve been involved with the NextMed / MMVR conference for several years and appreciate its wide range of presentations emerging simulation, modeling, and visualization technology for healthcare. Medical education and procedural training, pre- and peri-operative planning, and psychotherapy are some of the key applications.

Participants are mostly engineers and scientists, but physicians also participate and help focus the research so it is clinically useful.

The organizers offer a discounted registration through this Saturday, December 1. Conference information is at

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: New Conference

I’ve attended the amazing Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conferences several times as a member of the organizing committee. Now it’s time to submit your abstracts for next year’s event as well.

For 2013, we return to San Diego, where “Medicine Meets Virtual Reality” began in June 1992. Participants can look forward to a special gathering that acknowledges two decades of vision and innovation.

The Call for Presentations has opened: the Organizing Committee invites researchers to give paper and poster presentations, and organize independent sessions such as workshops and panels. The materials submission deadline is Sunday, July 15.

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 19: Discount!

I attended the amazing Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference twice and gave an online prezi the last time. I loved the way they present medical robotics, virtual reality and many other emerging topics so innovatively and how they let the industry, researchers and academy come together for a unique event.

The organizers now are pleased to offer ten (10) discounted registrations to my colleagues: $400 for the Thursday through Saturday program.

Please contact James Westwood, the program coordinator for details on how to register at this discounted rate.

Please keep  in mind that the hotel discount rate ends January 16.

Joining “Medicine Meets Virtual Reality” Virtually

I attended the fabulous Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference twice, but this year, I couldn’t make it. Although the organizer, James Westwood, let me attend virtually through streaming my pre-recorded and narrated slideshow to the attendants (see below) and then I said hello via Skype. I’m pretty sure such virtual participation will play an increasing role in medical conferences in the future.

MMVR17: The Salon

It was the third day of the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference and the day was dedicated to The Salon:

Salon explores health, learning, and technology through art. Within its gallery space, attendees can browse, converse, relax, and discover. In Salon, artwork and multimedia compositions stimulate fresh approaches to biomedical modeling, visualization, and simulation. Select demonstrations will allow hands-on creativity.


I did a workshop about the medical places of Second Life. I asked the members of the Ann Myers Medical Center to be around and answer the questions of the participants through the virtual world so we could show the real power of such an online institute.


Chris Culbertson (Neuroscience Ph.D. student) presented how virtual reality can be used in addiction medicine. Read more about it in our interview.


Karl Heinz Hoehne (Medical Informatics; University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf & Voxel Man) presented the VOXEL-MAN project. Read more about it in our interview.


We could simulate biopsies in a 3D environment using a force-feedback controlled device.


Johannes Vockeroth ( University Hospital Munich ) presented the Gaze-Driven Head-Mounted Camera project. Read more about it in our interview.

I’m sorry for not providing longer descriptions but I’m quite tired as I’ve had a wonderful time at the conference and got really positive feedback on my slideshow and the efforts I’ve done with

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: Day 2

After the first day’s excitement and new faces, I took some photos on the second day as I spent hours in The Well that seemed to be a huge success.

The Well is a space for one-on-one, laptop-based demos and select, large-scale technology displays. The Well complements the traditional commercial and academic exhibits, expanding the forum of ideas and devices. Demos in The Well will be scheduled and impromptu.

A few images, links and descriptions about the devices and tools we could see there.



Philip Weber & Jacopo Annese PhD (The Brain Observatory, University of California, San Diego & CalIt)

Installation: The Digital Light Box is a scalable visualization environment for radiological and pathological examinations that enables researchers to visualize and inspect high resolution (gigabyte size) images created by multiple imaging modalities, including virtual microscopy.


It was my personal favourite device today. It makes it quite easy to perform a proper intubation as the camera helps you how to navigate easily. More information here.


The Virtual Reality Medical Center presented the next generation injury creation science. Such models can make simulations as realistic as possible. You can also trigger bleeding or simulate different types of injuries. Click here for more information.


The project of Albert Rizzo demonstrates how post-traumatic stress disorders could be treated by using virtual reality therapy. You can see a military scene with weapon, if you stand on that square, you can feel the bombings and hear gunfire, etc. Read more about it here.


Forterra Systems created a new environment for medical simulations. This platform is quite different from Second Life as it is a closed and secure system and many simulations have already been implemented into it. Communication is easy but, of course, it’s not for free.


A prostethic arm from Read more about their microprocessor controlled hydraulic knee in our interview.


An XBOX based bronchoscopy simulation. If you are good at video games, you will find it easy to handle the device. Future surgeons should start with military games and video games that require major skills.

That’s for today. Stay tuned for more images tomorrow from The Salon.

I will do a workshop about the medical places of Second Life and will give a presentation about how practicing medicine will change in the web 2.0 world.

MMVR17: Shooting Prison Break

This is the second day of the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference and the day started with a real surprise. They are shooting the Prison Break series outside the hotel. Those who were expecting to see some interesting reviews and slides please forgive me, but there have been only a few presentations and posters so far. So let’s see now how they are shooting Prison Break (I uploaded the images in better quality to Flickr):


At the elevator


At the entrance


I tried to get closer to the actors


They changed Hyatt to Panda Bay Hotel.


Michael Rapaport talks with William Fichtner


William Fichtner alone



It’s not that hard to shoot with such a background…

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The next post will focus on the conference, I promise.

Greetings from Long Beach, CA

Just like a year ago, now I’m attending the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference and I’m quite happy to be here again. Long Beach is warm enough after the central-european winter.  This year, I got the honor to be in the organizing committee and I’ve been conducting interviews with famous presenters for the MMVR17 blog.

In the next 4 days, I will blog and tweet live about what’s happening in the leading conference focusing on medical technology and simulations.


On Wednesday, I will talk about how practicing medicine will change in the web 2.0 era and will do a workshop about the medical islands of Second Life.

Follow Scienceroll or my Twitter account for more.

And let me know if you are around and would like to meet.

The Use of Virtual Reality in Addiction Medicine

One of the demonstrations at this year’s Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference I can’t wait to see is the demonstration of Chris Culbertson (Neuroscience Ph.D. student) who will present how virtual reality can be used in addiction medicine:

Demonstration: Use of VR in Addiction Medicine. During the exposure, participants are encompassed within a sensory isolation apparatus, including a 32” LCD monitor and a surround-sound audio system.  Participants interact with the specially created virtual world in Second Life, run from a standard Dell PC, using a simple gaming remote control.  An additional monitor is placed outside of the apparatus for outside observation.


This method can be used in behavioral pharmacology research and it also makes it possible to improve cognitive behavioral treatments and exam drug taking behavior in a naturalistic environment. Read more about it.

Further reading about this year’s MMVR17:

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: The Salon and The Well

This year, I will attend again the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference that will take place in Long Beach, CA between the 19th and the 22nd of January. Now I’m a member of the organizing committee and have been managing a blog for the conference for a few months.

I will present a slideshow “Practicing medicine in the web 2.0 era” and will also present in the Salon:

Berci Meskó
University of Debrecen, Hungary

Demonstration: Discovering the Virtual World of Medicine through Second Life provides medical educators and students with numerous educational opportunities and tools while visiting the places and islands that can change the way medical education is delivered today.


Today Kóan Jeff Baysa asked several of the Well & Salon artists. Check these out here.


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