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College of Design dean Tom Fisher will moderate the symposium.

U of M's "Design Intersections 2011" to highlight relationship between design and healthcare

“Vital Signs: Design Thinking for Healthcare Innovation” brings together Minnesota thought leaders in design and healthcare, March 31

Contacts: Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720
Lori Mollberg, College of Design,, (612) 625-8796
Tony Baisley, Center for Spirituality & Healing,, (612) 624-2141

February 9, 2011

The University of Minnesota’s “Design Intersections 2011” symposium will explore the role of design in healthcare innovation, including how design can be used to improve — and, in some cases, reinvent — healthcare systems, delivery, environments, experiences and outcomes. The event is open to the public and sponsored by the university’s College of Design in partnership with Larsen, a Minneapolis-based national design, branding and interactive agency.

Design Intersections takes place 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the U of M’s Coffman Memorial Union Theater, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The closing “Ellerbe Becket/AECOM Lecture on Healthcare Innovation and Design,” presented by the university’s Center for Spirituality & Healing and free to the public, takes place 4:30-6 p.m. at Coffman Memorial Union’s Campus Club.  

The speakers include:
•    Barry Kudrowitz, opening keynote presenter; assistant professor of product design in the College of Design
•    Chris McCarthy, closing keynote presenter; director of the Innovation Learning Network and an innovation specialist with Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy
•    Dr. Jon Hallberg, assistant professor in the U of M Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; medical director, Mill City Clinic
•    Kathleen Harder, director of the Center for Design in Health, College of Design
•    Mary Jo Kreitzer, director, Center for Spirituality & Healing; professor, U of M School of Nursing
•    Dr. Stephen Mitrione, urgent care physician, Aspen Medical Group
•    Gary Nyberg, principal in the Healthcare Practice Group, HGA Architects and Engineers
•    Terri Zborowsky, director of healthcare research and education, Ellerbe Becket

Tom Fisher, dean of the College of Design, will moderate the symposium.

Inaugurated in 2010, Design Intersections is an exploratory series of themed, interactive dialogs among designers and representatives from various disciplines discussing the consequences and potential of design-induced change.

For more information -- including speakers’ bios, a complete schedule and to register -- visit The early-bird discount ends Feb. 28, with registration closing on March 24.

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