How can we design clever solutions for health and make them more socially relevant?
This is the core question that was addressed during our TEDx MontrealQuartierLatin event.
For complete details visit the TEDxMontréalQuartierLation  website.
Design practices: from problem-setting to problem-solving
« New frontier for perceptual-cognitive enhancement »
Jocelyn Faubert 
Professor and NSERC-Essilor Industrial Research Chair, School of Optometry, Visual Psychophysics and Perception Laboratory, University of Montreal
« From robot snakes to surgical implants »
Philip Breedon 
Senior lecturer, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University
« The integration of three worlds through ‘Design for Health' »
Pascale Lehoux 
Canada Research Chair on Health Innovation, University of Montreal
Innovative processes and their impact on health care and business
« Road map from start up to global leader »
Marwan Abboud 
Consultant in medical device engineering
« Design to promote independent living »
David Seidel 
Ph.D. candidate, Department of engineering, University of Cambridge
« Biosongs of people said to be silent »
Stefanie Blain 
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto
Design of places (health care settings, homes, neighborhoods, cities)
« Children and the architecture of children’s hospitals »
David Theodore 
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
« Bixi is the new fixie: pondering public bicycle sharing in North America »
Daniel Fuller 
Ph.D. Candidate, Département de médecine sociale et préventive, University of Montreal
« Concevoir des villes favorables à la santé »
Sophie Paquin 
Urban planner, Public Health Division, Montreal Regional Health and Social Services Agency
Design by, and for users
« End-users in e-health design: it’s do or die, but how to do it? »
Sampsa Hyysalo 
Research fellow, University of Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
« Co-designing for dementia »
Lauren Tan 
Ph.D. Candidate, Northumbria University, Newcastle, and the UK Design Council
« Lending an (un)helping hand: from ‘better than nothing’ to ‘fits like a glove’ «
Jorge Silva 
Research Student Coordinator, Inclusive Design Research Center, OCAD University
Demonstrating how an immersive virtual environment helps both athletes and elderly persons improve their perceptual-cognitive skills, Jocelyn Faubert suggests that some challenges associated to ageing may not be inescapable.
Arguing in favor of greater collaboration between designers of surgical devices and physicians, Philip Breedon shows how innovative materials may transform reconstructive surgery andinspire artistic performances.
Examining the challenges and trade-offs involved in the design of three different medical devices, Pascale Lehoux calls for the development of socially responsible and sustainable health innovations.
Taking stock of his 15-year experience in creating and bringing to the market a world-leader innovation in the field of cardiology, Marwan Abboud explains how success may be achieved and pitfalls avoided.
Stressing demographic changes associated to ageing, David Seidel argues in favor of universal design principles that could, by focusing on a number of key functional capabilities, enable everyone, including the “oldest olds” to live at home independently much longer.
Stefanie Blain, inspired by her interactions with voiceless children in a complex continuing care unit, explains how turning their physiological signals into music would enable caregivers and family members to connect with these children’s personhood and emotions.
David Theodore shares his views on the history of pediatric hospital architecture and describes an original research that relied on an active participation of children and young people.
Daniel Fuller argues that the success of the Montreal’s public bicycle sharing program “Bixi”, lies in its technological features and capacity to reconnect users to their forgotten identity as cyclists.
Sophie Paquin explains how greater collaboration between urban planners and public health researchers could enable the creation of cities that encourage healthy living. She also invites North Americans to revisit their “love affair” with the automobile.
Sampsa Hyysalo shares six lessons he learned through his research on the contribution end-users bring to the design of health technology and explains how they generate creative ideas that companies sometimes fail to recognize.
Lauren Tan discusses the positive impact on the UK government policy of the Alzheimer100 project in which designers adopted a co-design approach with people with dementia and their carers to generate novel ideas regarding the delivery of dementia care.
Jorge Silva argues that when designing assistive devices biomedical engineers should seek to “scratch where it itches.” By adopting alternative business models such as open source systems, users of assistive devices are revolutionizing design and production processes, creating technologies that fit the needs of a larger population.