There’s been an outbreak, somewhere in the world, of an illness that threatens to go global. In Heal the World, our collaborative, larger-than-life game, you’ll be the pieces as you work together to cure the epidemic. Each turn, you’ll have to decide what to do. Do you fight illness locally, train as a scientist, build new research centres or travel across the world? You can plan all you want, but random events may derail you. Ultimately, you’ll need to develop a new medicine to cure the disease and save the world – or at least the Glasgow Science Centre Late event.
This is the challenge facing scientists in Dundee. At the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, we discover new drugs. This challenge is made even more difficult by our target illnesses. We want to fight Neglected Tropical Diseases. These include Leishmaniasis and Chagas’ disease, which affect some of the poorest people in the world. These deadly parasites can hide from our immune system, and current medicines are dangerous and toxic.
As you save our imaginary world, you’ll gain some insight into the challenge facing our scientists. You’ll also get an idea of why it’s so, so vital to tackle this urgent unmet need and heal the world.