The aim of this project was to design and develop a visualisation linking multiple levels of information in a biological system. The resulting visualisation allowed the viewer to scale between the macro and micro structures involved in the mechanisms of migraine pain.
This project was funded in part by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program on Pain and developed in the Department of Biomedical Communications at The University of Toronto, Canada.
Video 1: Zooming in from the brain to the specific cells and transporters involved in migraine pain
Video 2: A propagation wave of neuronal and glial cell depolarisation across the brain during a migraine episode.
Video 3: Using a pilot to locate and zoom in to the structures along a signal pathway that lead to the perception of migraine pain.
Complex Systems Thinking
The aim of this project was to design and develop a visualisation to prompt students to consider the relationships between the structures, behaviours, and functions of a complex system.
In this visualisation of the renal system, the focus was on how to present the interactions between individual parts at the micro level that gave rise to different patterns and/or states at the macro level. From four user studies, the resulting visualisation combined anatomical and graphical representations that enabled students to overcome previous misconceptions and to intuitively interpret and infer the physiological processes that make the renal system work.
This project was developed in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Video: Visualisation combining anatomical and graphical representations of the renal system showing how the removal of different percentages of the the kidney impacts the anatomy and physiology at the micro and macro levels