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.”