Lora Appel

Assistant Professor

Collaborating Scientist, UHN OpenLab

Locations / Contact Info:

Stong College - SC
Keele Campus

Email address(es):


Web site(s):

Research (VRx) website
Professor website

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management


PhD - 2016
Rutgers University
New Jersey, USA

Masters - 2011
Rutgers University
New Jersey, USA

iBBA - 2007
Schulich School of Business
Toronto, CA


Personal Slogan:

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. Pressure creates diamonds.

What’s close to your heart?

my lungs (puns and sarcasm, obviously)


How did you get here?

Now, this is a story all about how

I started workin’ at Toronto General, downtown,

And I’d like to take a minute Don’t change that tab

I’ll tell you how I arrived at the innovative OpenLab:

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In Toronto, Canada, not born, but raised

In the classroom is where I spent most of my days

Undergrad in business and a Masters degree

Researchin’ tech in healthcare for my PhD

When abroad for five years, my mom said that was no good

Started movin’ back to my old neighbourhood

I got one little grant, that helped me shine through

And the Virtual Reality clinical trials became true!

Selected Publications


Currently available to supervise graduate students:

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers:

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: