Working closely with DWA’s CME agency, Forefront Collaborative, and clinical professionals within the community, we created an immersive HoloLens experience with medically accurate interactive models to depict the biological and chemical features at play in migraine treatment.  We immersed learners during satellite symposia with Microsoft HoloLens, and offered physicians continued learning beyond the conference with an interactive web version of the experience.


Educate physicians on migraine pathophysiology

Teach mechanisms of action for five classes of therapies

Ensure medically accurate models at every level



Reported the HoloLens experience met their learning objectives


Felt that the HoloLens feature enhanced their overall learning experience


Reported that the HoloLens activity was applicable to improving their clinical practice

*187 learners were surveyed immediately following educational activity

This is the future for medical students. I’m a little bit jealous.

Jessica Ailani – MD neurologist and key opinion leader

Mapping out the experience

To enhance medical education tools, we created an immersive experience to demonstrate five different classes of therapies at three levels of magnification – whole brain, cellular, and receptor.

Getting it right

Medically accurate 3D representations of neurons, receptors, and other relevant features were created to demonstrate mechanisms of action in this mixed reality program. Animations gave life to the assets to provide a clear picture.

Bringing the experience to life

Microsoft HoloLens and Unity technologies combined to allow our mixed reality experience enter the real world for the medical education space. Clinicians can walk around and interact with the 3D models in small group settings, facilitating educational discussion with peers and experts.

Setting the stage

Leading physicians were trained to operate the HoloLens experience as an educational tool for large group presentations. Spectator view allows the holograms and animations within the headset to be shared with the audience.

Going live

At live symposia, faculty used HoloLens to explain a migraine attach at cellular and receptor level. By using the HoloLens platform, faculty were able to interact with large groups of 100+ participants to create a memorable and unique learning experience.

Beyond the presentation

Education continues beyond live events with a webGL version of the experience, extending the same content in scalable format for physicians to interact with and share with their colleagues.

We delivered a bold, new medical education solution that moves beyond the didactic and static, and ignites conversation among medical professionals on migraine pathophysiology and the mechanisms of action for five classes of therapies.


  • Strategy
  • UX/UI Design & Research
  • MoGraph Shader Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Project Management
  • Engineering


  • UX/UI Design for MR
  • Deployment for HoloLens
  • Deployment for WebGL
  • Spectator View on iOS

Read about the partnership

Vectorform and DWA announce an ongoing partnership to help close the gap in medical education through the use of immersive technology.

Read More