PhD Showcase


Noor Albaker

Noor Albaker — School of Simulation and Visualisation

Foetal beat: the development of interactive 3D digital models and animation of the heart as a comprehensive digital source for anatomical and medical education.

The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled the higher education sector to promptly adopt online learning platforms. This presents particular challenges for anatomical sciences in their reliance on face-to-face delivery, and as a result there is opportunity and scope to harness visualisation methods to meet changes in anatomical education post-pandemic. This practice-led PhD will develop an anatomical educational tool which contains interactive 3D digital models and animation of the heart from its early stage of development until the end of gestation. The research aims to determine the effectiveness of these models and animations in medical education, specifically in gross anatomy, pathology, and embryology. In particular, it will incorporate external and internal features of each step within cardiac development, comparative models of the hearts of a foetus and a newborn to demonstrate anatomical and physiological differences in their structure and blood flow, and abnormal models of the most common congenital disorders.

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Noor Albaker is a lecturer in human anatomy, a medical visualisation specialist, and Head of Digital Medical Education Department at Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Noor is passionate about biomedical sciences and technology, and she applies her MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy into real-world issues via interdisciplinary research.