Inside Project Theia, the world’s first virtual reality cancer research lab – and a call for volunteers

13 April 2021

Look inside the IMAXT team’s virtual reality lab, ahead of its release later this year, as the team calls for volunteers to help test the software. 

A core component of the Cancer Grand Challenges IMAXT programme, Project Theia is the world’s first virtual reality cancer research lab. Theia enables users to step inside intricate 3D tumour maps and explore the tumour landscape in unparalleled detail.  

This immersive experience also opens a new opportunity for collaboration. Researchers and clinicians on different sides of the globe could meet in VR spaces to study a tumour in ways that otherwise simply aren’t possible. For patients, having their clinical data presented in this way may help them to navigate some of their treatment options.  

A major milestone for the IMAXT programme, Project Theia V1.0 will be released later this year - check out the footage above from the virtual lab space. In the meantime, the IMAXT team is looking for volunteers to test the first release of the software and provide feedback. 

Want to get involved with testing the software? If you have a VR headset and VR-ready computer, get in touch to register your interest. Update: please note, this call for volunteers has now closed. 

Theia is best run on a VR-ready PC, with a GPU equivalent to or better than gtx2080. The software supports Oculus Rift, Rift S, HTC Vive & Vive Vpro, Valve Index and MR headsets like HP Reverb.