An MEP battled sea monsters and navigated a maze of octopuses and star fish in a new virtual reality game being used by scientists to help fight dementia.
To mark World Alzheimer’s Month, Cambridgeshire MEP Alex Mayer was one of the first to play, as she dons a head set on a visit to Alzheimer's Research UK’s Cambridgeshire-based headquarters .
Ms Mayer was told how just two minutes spent playing the new Sea Hero Quest VR collects the equivalent of five hours of lab based research.
Alzheimer’s Research UK have worked with German Deutsche Telekom to introduce the world’s first consumer focussed virtual reality (VR) game, in which players can help scientists fight dementia.
Earlier this year MEPs voted for more funding and research into curing the disease, formally asking ministers to do more to prevent a condition that costs European governments over £1bn each year.
Ms Mayer said “This cutting edge game builds on the original Sea Hero Quest app but scientists say the fact it is now virtual reality makes diagnosing people with the condition easier.
“Rising rates of Alzheimer’s is one of the most important health challenges we face and innovative solutions such as using apps to collect data and drastically reduce the time needed to carry out cutting edge research will hopefully bring us nearer to ending the effects of this dreadful illness.”
An MEP battled sea monsters and navigated a maze of octopuses and star fish in a new virtual reality game being used by scientists to help fight dementia. To mark...
Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer launched an appeal by Pakefield charity TOPCATS for ‘shedloads’ of money to convert an old shack into a dedicated unit for adults with additional needs.
Ms Mayer will met with Fundraising Officer Sara Poppy to hear ambitious plans for a new independent unit teaching life skills to it’s registered users.
TOPCATS, a small local charity in Pakefield, offers opportunities and activities to young people aged 5 to 30. Currently facilities are shared between the young adults and children but the new resource would allow a dedicated area for teaching life skills and supporting work experience.
Ms Mayer said “TOPCATS does amazing work helping young adults develop their life skills but I know how much more they could achieve if this ambitious development comes to fruition. I wish them every success in their appeal and would encourage people to support this fantastic cause.”
Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer launched an appeal by Pakefield charity TOPCATS for ‘shedloads’ of money to convert an old shack into a dedicated unit for adults with additional needs. Ms...
“Don’t stop me now”, local musicians told Alex Mayer MEP when she visited the iconic Smoke House, home of Punch Studios in support of the Musicians Union’s Working in the EU pledge.
Local singer songwriter Tony James Shevlin said that the days of leaving on a jet plane to tour EU countries may come to an end if Brexit leads to the introduction of visas and work permits. Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and gigs are often organised at short notice leaving little time to complete paperwork before they hit the road Jack.
As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could cause God only knows what problems.
Ms Mayer said "I'm worried that travel barriers could be another brick in the wall between Britain and our European friends. It would be a tragedy if artists from Britain were unable to perform in Europe or EU bands were discouraged from touring the UK.
Ms Mayer added “I was depressed by the prospect of Brexit but heaven knows I’m miserable now. Perhaps we should rethink Brexit and stay another day, or longer.”
“Don’t stop me now”, local musicians told Alex Mayer MEP when she visited the iconic Smoke House, home of Punch Studios in support of the Musicians Union’s Working in the...
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