Healthcare innovation company, Chanua Health, has built a 3D-printed brain to teach students about mental health.
With support via the LCR 4.0 project and delivery partner Sensor City, Chanua Health was able to access and implement 3D printing technology to create a model that enables students to learn about the different parts of the brain in an interactive and engaging way.
The collaboration has enabled the company to work alongside LCR 4.0 – which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – and as a result, create their first-ever physical product to complement their service-led business.
Chanua Health tackles some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, wellbeing, and mental health, and created the 3D-printed brain as part of their “Neuro Champions” programme, which provides young people with the knowledge and skills to become effective leaders in mental health. Constructed using advanced technologies, the model allows students to learn about the brain by visualising concepts and take a more ‘hands-on’ approach to learning.
Since the development, Chanua Health has been offered a place at Bethnal Green Ventures where it is developing an augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) game to teach young people about the brain and mental health. Chanua Health is also partnering with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust running co-design sessions with children, parents and clinicians within a range of their clinical services.
In addition, Chanua Health has received a public engagement grant from the Wellcome Trust so they can further develop their Neuro Champions Young Leaders programme, a project that enables researchers, youth workers and neuroscientists to teach young people about the brain, neuroscience and mental health.
Naomi Mwasambili, co-founder of Chanua Health said: “Harnessing the technology at Sensor City and working with LCR 4.0 has enabled us to create a product that encourages young people to be more active in understanding their thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
“We have worked hard to put young people at the core of what we do, and we’re thrilled to be expanding into new sectors and creating programmes that can benefit their health and emotional wellbeing.”
Alison Mitchell, executive director at Sensor City said: “This project is a powerful example of how incorporating advanced technologies into education and healthcare can create an impact with the potential to change lives. It’s fantastic to see innovative health organisations, like Chanua Health, working so effectively with our business support and technical team here at Sensor City.
Chanua Health has been a tenant at Sensor City since September, where it has been using the hub’s world-class facilities to develop innovative projects that are shaping the future of health and wellbeing.
"This project is a powerful example of how incorporating advanced technologies into education and healthcare can create an impact with the potential to change lives."
Alison Mitchell, executive director at Sensor City