MEDICAL CONFERENCE: THURSDAY 20 APRIL

By leveraging emerging technologies, modern medicine is uncovering entirely new ways to confront age-old challenges.

The VR Medical Conference will investigate the current state of VR tech within medicine and healthcare, providing an overview of current applications, examining key case studies and exploring opportunities beyond treatment, into self-diagnosis and the integration of AI tech.

This session will also address the skills and processes required when creating VR content for the medical industry, with developers and programmers sharing their experiences and providing specialised insights.

Closing the conference, The VR Medical Panel will bring together a group of experts to expand on the days findings, to present additional data and opinion and to discuss and debate where they see opportunities for VR in the future of medicine.

SPEAKERS

COLETTE JOHNSON
Plextek
VR lead

BIJENDRA PATEL
Barts Cancer Institute
Clinical Senior Lecturer

JAMIE DENHAM
Sliced Bread Animation
Managing Director

WILLIAM ENGLISH
Royal London Hospital
NIHR Academic 
Clinical Fellow 
General Surgery

DR OLIVER TRAMPLEASURE
Medical Realities
Co-founder,
Virtual Medics
& Medical Advisor

 DR LAURA PHIPPS
Alzheimer’s
Research UK
Head of
Communications

DR ISABEL VAN DE KEERE
Immersive Rehab
CEO & Founder

STEVE DANN
Medical Realities
Co-Founder

CARRIE SHAW
Embodied Labs
Founder

TANYA LAIRD
MODERATOR
Digital Jam
CEO

SPEAKERS

THE VR MEDICAL CONFERENCE

INTRODUCTION

Our session host will introduce our lineup of speakers and set the agenda for the day with a short talk on medical VR applications.

SPEAKER: COLETTE JOHNSON, PLEXTEK

Medical VR: An overview of medical VR applications: This talk will explore the current VR applications in medical and will look at case studies across the sector from home applications to surgical interventions. It will explore benefits to patients and to the NHS and look at how VR can be more widely used in the healthcare sector.

SPEAKER: BIJENDRA PATEL, ST MARY’S HOSPITAL SURGICAL SIMULATION CENTRE

Content synopsis coming soon.

SPEAKER: STEVE DANN, MEDICAL REALITIES

Content synopsis coming soon.

SPEAKER: JAMIE DENHAM, SLICED BREAD ANIMATION

Sliced Bread’s main role in the VR has been the creation of models, animation and lighting using Maya and Unity. In my medical session I will be demonstrating key do’s and don’ts in developing a VR pipeline, bringing in some learnings from our early projects. Given the nature of production, planning all the asset requirements is key. Unlike linear animation, where everything is built to camera, here you build for the environment. That means many more assets and detail and you’ll need to balance that with performance constraints (polygon count etc.). You won’t want to compromise the experience either, VR projects are not particularly cheap to produce and against the investment, you’ll want to be sure the end-user walks away with lasting memory of their experience.

SPEAKER: TIM PARRY, ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH UK

Tim Parry will present the experiential VR application ‘A Walk Through Dementia’ – a virtual reality experience that puts you in the shoes of someone living with dementia. The awareness raising Google Cardboard App highlights the kind of everyday challenges people with dementia can face and challenges the idea that dementia is just about memory loss. Tim Parry, Director of Communications and Brand at Alzheimer’s Research UK, will give insights into the creation and application of this experience, addressing how virtual reality can be a powerful tool for charities as well as explaining how this ambitious project came together.

SPEAKER: CHARLES NDUKA, EMTEQ

Virtual reality’s resurgence has been driven by its potential in gaming and entertainment. However, for the last 20 years an increasing body of evidence has accumulated on the benefits of VR to improve the delivery of health innovations. The potential uses for training and simulation are clear, however the biggest impact is its potential role in the delivery of mental health interventions. Good evidence is already present in the fields of anxiety disorders (including post traumatic stress and phobias), autism spectrum disorders, and depression. We’ll show how emotional sensing technologies have the potential to accelerate VR health innovations.

SPEAKER: CARRIE SHAW, EMBODIED LABS

Content synopsis coming soon.

THE VR MEDICAL PANEL

Moderator Tanya Laird will invite all of our contributors to discuss the findings of the day, present points for debate and then invite Q&A to close the session.