Interested in science and health, but can’t quite picture how it works sometimes? Australian biomedical animators are bringing you a lot closer to the action.
VizbiPlus is a joint project between CSIRO, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Animators on the project are currently creating accurate scientific videos to educate the public about novel biomedical research and concepts.
The group’s animations use modern data visualisation approaches to illustrate research into diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. By taking viewers inside the gut, brain cells, or through the workings of the insulin receptor, these scientists and artists hope to increase awareness about the workings of disease and new research techniques by allowing people to see what can’t usually be seen with the naked eye.
We see visualisations like this as a great way to improve communication on general science and health, as well as providing a useful tool for companies to help people understand how their product works.
See for yourself
The below video explores how plaques form during Alzheimer’s disease as normal protein breakdown in the neurons fails. This plaque build-up may be one of the contributing factors to cell death and loss in the brain during Alzheimer’s disease.
By Emma Armitage, Business Analyst, BioPacific Partners