Derry student designs iPhone App to highlight killer disease

Medical student and Games Artist Cil�in Kearns from Derry has designed and created an iPhone game to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia.

Medical student and Games Artist Cil�in Kearns from Derry has designed and created an iPhone game to raise awareness of meningitis and septicaemia.

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An iPhone computer game designed by a Derry medical student is helping people recognise the early signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia.

Twenty year old Ciléin Kearns is studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Medical Art at the University of Dundee.

The medical student and games artist has combined his love for gaming and life saving knowledge to create an arcade game called Symptom Scenes which features a cast of cute characters suffering from meningitis or septicaemia.

It has been endorsed by Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).

“Just knowing the symptom names isn’t enough, you need to be able to recognise them - and fast!,” the Derry student says.

“My solution has been to design this app as a game that’s suitable for kids and adults alike, as a fun way to learn something useful.

“As a game I think people will spend more time with the information, coming back to play again and again which should reinforce learning. By knowing the signs, and acting quickly they could save a life; I’ve just made that learning more enjoyable and accessible as a free game.”

In the UK and Ireland, around 3,600 people are affected by meningitis each year. One in 10 people who contract the diseases lose their lives and many more are left with life changing disabilities including: brain damage, amputations, hearing loss and epilepsy.

Chris Head, Chief Executive of MRF says the iPhone game will help raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the potentially life threatening condition.

You can download the Symptom Scenes app via the App store.