How gamers are solving science's biggest problems
Dr Lučka Bibič, known to colleagues as Spiderwoman, has studied spider venom as a chronic pain reliever as part of her PhD studies at the UEA, School of Pharmacy. She is the creator of the scientific VR game “Bug Off Pain” for public engagement and education. She is a national Entrepreneurship Biotechnology 2017 Winner, internationally recognised as CAS Future Leader 2018 and has won the UEA Engagement Award 2018. She is also a Nobel Laureate Meeting 2020 Awardee. Lučka is currently a product manager at Dephion, in the Netherlands, where she heads different projects with scientific input for digital apps.When she isn't a spokesperson for scientific breakthroughs, she runs ultramarathons and brews her own coffee. In this talk she discusses the power of VR games in solving science's problems, ranging from researching Alzheimer's disease to helping surgeons perform hard operations.