Adam Cubitt graduated from the National Centre for Computer Animation (Bournemouth University) in 2005 and subsequently joined Glassworks as part of the research and development team creating tools for visual effects. In 2006 Glassworks R&D, in collaboration with three anaesthetists from the London Heart Hospital, embarked on an ambitious project to create a real-time system to assist in the teaching of transoesophageal echocardiography. Adam will give an overview of how the cross-fertilisation of two highly specialist worlds grew into the medical simulator known as HeartWorks.