Walking Gallery Brings Patient Stories to Life Through Art at DIA Annual Meeting

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Regina Holliday Leads Inspiring, Visual, Patient-Centered Art Movement

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'The Walking Gallery is a movement to change health care through the voices and visual stories of patients, in the form of painted jackets,' Holliday said.

There is a purpose behind every mural Regina Holliday creates.

When the acclaimed Maryland-based artist lost her husband to kidney cancer in 2009 while struggling to access his medical records, it was the beginning of Holliday’s commitment to use her brushes and paints to raise awareness of the need for patient-centered health care. On June 16 at the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting at the San Diego Convention Center, Holliday will bring patient stories to life through The Walking Gallery. Patient advocates, survivors of disease and caregivers who have lost loved ones will wear jackets with narrative paintings created by Holliday.

“The Walking Gallery is a movement to change health care through the voices and visual stories of patients, in the form of painted jackets,” Holliday said. “When patients and advocates tell their stories, they tell their story the same way I tell the story of my life with my husband. Through these stories, we spread greater understanding of the patient experience.”

To draw attention to the need for better access to patient records after losing her husband within weeks of his diagnosis, Holliday painted a 20-foot-high mural in Washington, D.C., depicting her husband on his deathbed. Each day at the DIA Annual Meeting, she will be creating a new mural on canvas to match the topics discussed during sessions related to improving patient access to drug therapies, the regulatory process and more.

What: The Walking Gallery at the DIA 2014 50th Annual Meeting

When: Monday, June 16, 4 p.m.

Where: San Diego Convention Center Exhibit Hall, DIA booth

ABOUT DIA: DIA is the global connector in the life sciences product development process. Our association of more than 18,000 members builds productive relationships by bringing together regulators, innovators and influencers to exchange knowledge and collaborate in a neutral setting. DIA’s network creates unparalleled opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and has the interdisciplinary experience to prepare for future developments. DIA is an independent, nonprofit organization with its global center in Washington, D.C., USA, and regional offices covering North and South America (Horsham, Pa., USA); Europe, North Africa and the Middle East (Basel, Switzerland); and Japan (Tokyo), India (Mumbai) and China (Beijing). For more information, visit http://www.diahome.org.

ABOUT DIA’s 2014 50th ANNUAL MEETING: Celebrate the Past – Invent the Future is the largest multidisciplinary event that brings together a community of life sciences professionals at all levels and across all disciplines involved in the discovery, development and life cycle management of medical products. The meeting aims to foster innovation that will lead to the development of safe and effective medical products and therapies for patients. For more information, visit http://www.diahome.org/dia2014.

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