Virtual Event
Thursday, October 29 at 7:00PM


in conversation with TOM NORRIS

Local author, Director of Research at Cedars-Sinai, and a UCLA professor, Dr. Brennan Spiegel unveils the groundbreaking potential of virtual medicine.

Brennan Spiegel has spent years studying the medical power of the mind, and in VRx he reveals a revolutionary new kind of care: virtual medicine. It offers the possibility of treating illnesses without solely relying on intrusive surgeries or addictive opioids.

Virtual medicine works by convincing your body that it's somewhere, or something, it isn't. It's affordable, widely available, and has already proved effective against everything from burn injuries to stroke to PTSD. Spiegel shows how a simple VR headset lets a patient with schizophrenia confront the demon in his head, how dementia patients regain function in a life-size virtual town, and how vivid simulations of patients' experiences are making doctors more empathic.

VRx is a revelatory account of the connection between our bodies and ourselves. In an age of overmedication and depersonalized care, it offers no less than a new way to heal.

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Dr. Brennan Spiegel is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System, Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, and an Assistant Dean at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Spiegel directs a multidisciplinary team that investigates how health technologies can improve people’s lives. His team developed one of largest and most widely-documented medical virtual reality (VR) program at Cedars-Sinai, and his work has helped to create a new field of medicine called Medical Extended Reality, or “MXR,” in which doctors use immersive technologies like VR to help treat conditions ranging from pain, to anxiety and depression, to dementia. Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 215 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His research has been featured by major media outlets, including Bloomberg, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post, LA Times, NBC News, Reuters, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His VR research won the 2017 “Webby Award” for best technology on the internet, and in 2020 he published the book VRx: How Immersive Therapeutics Will Transform Medicine (Basic Books, NY).

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Tom Norris has worked on behalf of the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) for the last 26 years. He is currently participating as a Consultant/Patient Partner at Cedars-Sinai, as well as a National Institute of Health (NIH) study, on the use of Virtual Reality for lower back pain management. Tom has been interviewed by NPR on life with chronic pain and has also been featured in National Geographic magazine.