Why playing games could level-up health

  • Duthie Room 117 University of Louisville Louisville, Ky.

This talk will discuss the importance of including games in the overall health and wellness domain. A case study will be presented that demonstrates the use of a Kinect-Based PC game for reduction of frailty in aging population. The game has been developed as part of a doctoral research study in Neuroscience with Emankor Corporation as the industry partner in Spain.

Initial tests were carried out and show the effectiveness of this approach. Currently, both speakers are visitors at the University of Louisville and working on expanding the game for multi-lingual uses and comparative testing in the US.

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Begoña García-Zapirain is an Associate Professor and Head of eVIDA-DeustoTech-Life Lab. Begoña was born in San Sebastian (Spain). She graduated in Communications Engineering, specializing in Telematics at the Basque Country University, Bilbao (Spain) in 1994. In 2003, she defended her doctoral thesis in the pathological speech digital processing field. After 4 years working for ZIV Company, in 1997, PhD. García joined the University of Deusto faculty as a lecturer in signal theory and electronics. She has been the chair of the Telecommunication Department at the University of Deusto since 2002 until 2008. In 2001 she created the eVIDA-DeustoTech-LIFE research group at the same university, playing the role of lead researcher. She has participated in more than 80 research projects on international, national and regional levels, published more than 40 papers in international ISI scientific journals, and presented more than 160 papers in international and national scientific conferences.

Iranzu Mugueta Aguinaga graduated in physiotherapy in the University of Castilla-La Mancha in 1993. Coursed an Official Inter-university Masters in Study and Treatment of Pain at the University of Rey Juan Carlos and the University of Cantabria in 2008. She is currently working on the Doctoral Thesis in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of the Basque Country. During 1993-2010 worked as a physiotherapist in Osakidetza -The Basque Health Service-where she is a permanent statutory staff. It was in 2010 when she left the Basque Health Service and became a faculty member at the University of The Basque Country in the department of Physiotherapy (2010-2016). She is currently a Physiotherapist for the Basque National Health System at the Cruces Universitary Hospital.