Melbourne BioViz

Monthly Archive: February 2015

Beginning a career in biomedical animation

BY ANDREW LILJA So, you want to become a biomedical animator but think it’s an overwhelming and difficult pathway? Well, you are not alone. These are some of the thoughts I faced as biomedical scientist eager to spread scientific concepts from the bench to the wider community with next to[…]

Cytotoxic T cell function – Imaging CoE launch

This animation was commissioned for the launch of the Centre for Advanced Molecular Imaging to highlight key themes of the research involved. In this scene, we follow a cytotoxic T cell (or killer T cell) as it patrols the body for potentially harmful pathogens.  Using specialised T cell receptors (TCR)[…]

Part 2: Insulin Receptor and Type 2 Diabetes

This animation describes the role of the insulin receptor in type 2 diabetes. It focuses on the very recent discovery of how the hormone insulin actually binds to the receptor on the surface of cells, as determined by Prof Mike Lawrence’s lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of[…]

Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes

This animation describes recent discoveries about the process of inflammation as it relates to type 2 diabetes. It focuses on the role of the newly-discovered ‘inflammasome’, which is being studied by researchers at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia. The inflammasome is an amazingly complex[…]

Animation in education

The Department of Physiology at UniMelb has used an existing adaptive eLearning platform, Smart Sparrow, to deliver rich media content to students. With a mixture of text, images, and video, students are able to navigate through the pre-reading modules, answering questions along the way. If a student answers incorrectly, they[…]

Pore Forming Toxin

Certain bacteria such as Clostridium perfringens have a particularly nasty trick. They produce a potent pore-forming toxin which assembles on cell membranes as a doughnut-shaped complex, before punching a hole and killing the cell. This animation starts from an electron microscopy image of the pore complexes formed on membranes before[…]

Poliovirus Supercomputer Simulations

This video shows the reconstruction and simulation of poliovirus using the BlueGene/Q supercomputer at the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative. The poliovirus model is being used as a basis for understanding antiviral drugs, virus infection and helps us to learn how to model related viruses such as Enterovirus 71 (excerpt[…]

Character Design: Blip the Blood Vessel Microbot

Meet the future of cardiovascular therapy: a blood vessel microbot that keeps your arteries in tip-top shape from the inside. Reminiscent of the classic 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, this whimsical animation was created as part of a short course completed at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment. While character development[…]

Intro: Pharmacology for Health Professionals

Receptor binding, a pill, a backboard full of pharmacological concepts? Why, it must be the lecture series intro for Pharmacology for Health Professionals! The online ‘flipped classroom’ style lectures facilitate a more engaging use of in-class teaching time.  Extra points if you can guess the chemical structure on the board….[…]