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Brainbook is a case based learning platform, which utilises social media to demystify neurosurgery for the public, junior doctors, allied healthcare professionals and medical students globally. Cases are brought to life using GoPro cameras to film procedures from the operating theatre, allowing Brainbook followers to see intricate anatomy of the brain and the delicate nature of brain surgery.
Brainbook was conceived at The Royal London Hospital’s neurosurgery department, by a medical student and a neurosurgical trainee who wanted to make neurosurgery more accessible to everyone, including the general public.
To begin with they begged, borrowed (but not quite “stole”), GoPro cameras to film procedures that could later be presented online. Their spare time was spent waiting for neurosurgical emergencies to come in and record the lifesaving operations; enabling Brainbook to bring them to life for the general public.
A few cases in, the borrowed GoPro camera died putting the whole project on hold for several tense weeks, until they managed to acquire another. This time, it was a very generous surgeon's brother-in-law who came to the rescue of Brainbook!
In the meantime, a few of the cases they had filmed went live and Brainbook’s twitter following grew. Within a month, Brainbook had almost a thousand followers and extremely positive feedback from students, patients and healthcare professionals alike. They knew they we were on to something worthwhile.
One camera allows for one surgeons birds-eye view of a lifesaving operation. However, Brainbook isn't sustainable without your support and one borrowed camera. If the borrowed GoPro fails again, the project will go on hold until another is acquired.
The project was founded by Priya Rogers (medical student), Alex Alamri (neurosurgery trainee) and Mr Chris Uff, consultant neurosurgeon at The Royal London Hospital. Since then, the team has grown to include a number of neurosurgeons, physician associates, specialist nurses, medical students and neuroscientists based at The Royal London Hospital, UK.
Here's a breakdown of where the money will go:
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We can now fund one GoPro for the project!
Please tell everyone you know about Brainbook and the crowdfund. If we don't meet the minimum pledge level then we won't get any funds at all!
6 anonymous donations totalling £155.00