Melbourne BioViz

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 structure assembled by the immune system to protect the body from foreign invaders, but it also plays a key role in type 2 diabetes. This animation highlights how diseases associated with inflammation, such as type 2 diabetes, are the result of western lifestyle and represent one of the biggest health risks in our society.

Maja Divjak 2014

 

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