New biomedical animations make their debut

New biomedical animations make their debut

June 2014

Drew Berry and Maja Divjak in Federation Square at VIZBIplus launch
Mr Drew Berry (left) and Dr Maja Divjak at the
launch of the VIZBIplus biomedical animations at
Federation Square.

Three new Australian biomedical animations debuted in April, showcasing a world of pulsating cells, writhing proteins and dividing DNA as they captured Australian research and brought it to life.

Dr Maja Divjak from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute was one of the three animators who were mentored by internationally renowned WEHI.TV biomedical animator Mr Drew Berry.

Dr Divjak said her animation Inflammation and type 2 diabetes highlighted how diseases associated with inflammation, such as type 2 diabetes, were ‘lifestyle’ diseases that represented one of the biggest health risks in our society.

“My animation looks at the role of a newly discovered protein complex called the inflammasome in type 2 diabetes, which is being studied by researchers here at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute,” Dr Divjak said.

"The inflammasome is a really amazing structure employed by the immune system to protect the body from infection. However, it also plays a key role in the development and progression of chronic immune diseases such as type 2 diabetes.”

VIZBIplus – visualising the future of biomedicine

The animations were created as part of the VIZBIplus project, supported by the federal government’s Inspiring Australia initiative.

The project involved training three new biomedical animators in communicating Australian biomedical research through inspiring and engaging three-dimensional animations. Dr Kate Patterson from the Garvan Institute and Mr Chris Hammang from CSIRO also created new animations.