The Pengunaut Trainer is the result of collaborative, interdisciplinary work between scientists and students from the University of Duisburg-Essen, medical professionals and psychologists a from the Essen University Hospital, and representatives from the entertainment industry and medical technology.

As a part of the project „VR-RLX – Integrated Virtual Reality System for the Reduction of Anxiety and Sedation in Paediatric Radiology“ („VR-RLX – Integriertes Virtual Reality-System zur Reduktion von Angst und Sedativa in der pädiatrischen Radiologie“), funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), it is a non-profit, non-commercial project to improve children’s health care.

We Are

Dr. Stefan Liszio

Patient Entertainment Technology Specialist,
Lead Researcher

Concept & Development,
Study Implementation & Evaluation,
Public Relations

Dr. Oliver Basu

Paediatric oncologist, palliative care specialist and
Physician for medical informatics

Concept & Paediatric Expertise,
Study Implementation,
Public Relations

Scientific Support

Prof. Dr. Maic Masuch,
Linda Graf, M.Sc.

Paediatric Expertise &
Study Conduct

Dr. med. Oliver Basu,
Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Liszio,
Carolin van Nahl, B.A.

App Development

the nix company

Visuelle Design

LAVAlabs Moving images

Further Project Participants

Radiological Advice

Dr. med. Bernd Schweiger
(Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen)

Data Aquistion Cologne (Germany)

Dr. med. Martin Stenzel
(Director Pediatric Radiology, Children’s Hospital Amsterdamer Straße, Cologne)

Courage Formulas

Maja Begemann-Frank
(Dipl.-Psychologist, University Hospital Essen, Clinic for Pediatrics III)

Music and Sound Design
Matthias Quaß, M.Sc.

Dialogue Direction and Voice Recordings (German, English)

Marcus Bäumer & Tristan Berger (Backwoods Entertainment)

Students Involved in Conception and Development

Linda Graf, Marius Kindel, Martin Krautwald, Christopher Kremzow-Tennie
Kai Marten, Dennis Pohl, Matthias Quaß, Ida Schaffeld, Alexandra Schroeder

Voice Actors


Lars & Lotta – Christina Brandenberg
Dr. Frederik Frack – Johannes Walenta
Schwester Franzi & Off-Stimme – Henrike Tönnes
Fr. Schnabel – Eva Berger


Benny Beak – Edwyn Tiong
Bella Beak –  Jessica Maston
MD Theodore Tails –  Matthew Curtis
Florence Fin & Off-Voice –  Jessical Carroll
Beatrice Beak – Sally Beaumont


Coming Soon


Coming Soon

Funding & Sponsors

The Pengunaut Trainer is only possible thanks to public funding and donations.

Would you like to support our work?
Here you can find more information on how you can help us with a donation.