Written by Gretchen Musgrove / August 23, 2018
Led by CEO Sandis Kondrats, Anatomy Next has developed Anatomy Labs - an interactive dissection laboratory for medical students.
This month one of our 90 CoMotion Labs startups, Anatomy Next (mixed reality medical education) piloted a VR dissection simulator program at the UW School of Dentistry, as part of its nascent Anatomy Labs product suite. It helps students learn anatomy of the head and neck in 3D! CEO Sandis Kondrats worked directly with Dr. Katherine Rafferty, Senior Lecturer, Orthodontics, to introduce this new mode of learning to 60+ students enrolled in her August course Head and Neck Anatomy. The goal of the pilot was to evaluate learning quality, retention, effective delivery of anatomical structures, and accessibility for both teachers and students. Also, UW School of dentistry's students were the first ones to get their hands on the recently released book, Visual Guide to The Anatomy of The Skull.
The Anatomy Labs software provides the opportunity to study and interact with anatomical systems for life-like experiences, examine the human body layer-by-layer, system-by-system, and digitally simulate dissections again and again. It is specifically designed to mimic the ‘pin test’ where students have to find anatomical structures in cadavers.
• No cost of cadaver: working with cadavers is costly (room, equipment, transport)
• No limit to hands on experience: typically students share dissection sessions with peers
• No harmful chemicals are used vs during actual dissection
• Reduced anxiety via working with a a virtual cadaver
Jeanette Ennis supports UW researchers pursuing grant money to commercialize their innovations, and helps CoMotion secure economic development grant opportunities. Ennis joined CoMotion in 2009 after more than 15 years of broad research experience as a scientist, entrepreneur, and manager. Her areas of expertise include pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue engineering, and medical devices. She has worked with a variety of start-up companies as project manager, grant writer, and intellectual property manager, and held senior research positions at Cornell University and the UW Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. She earned a doctorate in medical and molecular pharmacology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she trained with Louis Ignarro, Nobel Laureate in Physiology. She also holds a certificate in technical writing and editing from the UW Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.