Lora Appel

Post-doc Research Fellow, OpenLab | lora.appel@uhn.ca

Favourite Slogan/Quote:

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)

Discipline or Specialty:

Health informatics, Design science, Computer-mediated communication

How did you get here?

Now, this is a story all about how

I started workin’ at TGH 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, to help me get through

And so the Face2Name clinical trial became true!


  • PhD in Communication and Information Science, Rutgers University
  • Masters in Communication and Information Science, Rutgers University
  • International Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA), Schulich School of Business



  • Recipient of NCA’s “Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award” 2017
  • Recipient of Centre for Aging in Brain Health Innovation –  Spark Grant
  • Recipient of Mitacs Elevate Fellowship
  • Recipient of “Outstanding Graduate Student 2016” award, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University
  • Recipient of Graduate school of New Brunswick – Special Study Opportunity and Pre-Dissertation Award
  • Top Paper Award, Health Communication Division, National Communication Association (NCA) 2013
  • Finalist in Digifest Pitch Competition 2014
  • Finalist UofT App competition 2014