“Game in flame” – a serious game for medical education to go
The oldest defense battle on earth? This has nothing to do with Germanic heroes or Roman legions, but with the battle of the immune system against invading pathogens – for example, in chronic inflammatory diseases such as Gout, Asthma, Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. The educational game “Game in Flame” explains how these diseases emerge, what medical therapies are available and what happens on a molecular basis. The game was developed by an interdisciplinary team of physicians and researchers from the Medical Clinic 3 – Rheumatology and Immunology (Director: Prof. Dr. med. Univ. Georg Schett) of the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen and the Friedrich-Alexander Universität (FAU) Erlangen-Nürnberg. Game in flame is also available as a free app for iOS and Android systems.
Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases. These arise when the immune system succeeds against an intruder, but the fight escalates. The result: Inflammations get out of control, spread and damage your own body. “Game in Flame” – previously available as a free browser version and now also as mobile app – explains how the immune system normally attacks pathogens and what goes wrong on the molecular level when it turns into a chronic inflammatory disease. It is necessary to fight against malignant uric acid crystals, strategically place immune cells, to use drugs as weapons and to reload them at the right moment. Educational fun at home and in the waiting room! “In the long run, our goal is to increase public awareness of these disease, including Gout, Crohn’s Disease, Asthma and others. It is intended to sensitize the public to the early symptoms in order to enable early diagnosis, ” explains Prof. Schett. “This not only boosts therapy success, but also relieves the healthcare system.”
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