Physiology News

An article in the summer issue of Physiology News (PN111, p43) reviews our progress since 2014 in developing animations and VR scenes using confocal microscope derived data.  Check the blog for more details. (07/08/18)


We are delighted to announce the new Sketchfab page where you can find a growing collection of 3D models of vascular structure. (05/07/18)

VR workflow video

Glasgow University Media group have produced a video of the workflow from ‘confocal to VR’ (10/04/18)

Prize winning talk

Craig presented the results of some recent work on cognitive loading of 3D animations at Pharmacology 2017 in London. The talk also included our recent VR work and Craig was awarded a prize for ‘Best Talk’ in the education section. (11/01/18)

Virtual Reality

A new develpment has seen us port our confocal data sets into the HTC VIVE Virtual Reality Headset. The data flow channels the data through ImageJ, AMIRA, InstantMeshes, MAYA and Unity Pro. Look out for our first VR scenes on the YouTube channel. (15/11/17)

PNAS publication

In a departure from our usual images of blood vessels, here is an airway showing the distribution of beta-adrenoceptors (in yellow) on the inner epithelial cells. Activation of these receptors can cause airway constriction and produce asthmatic symptoms. The (above, unpublished) image is part of a set that have recently been published in the high ranking journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) (13/10/17) See Nguyen et al., 2017 PNAS.

Perivascular fat

The image above shows sensory nerves containg CGRP (red) on the surface of a blood vessel. A recent paper by Bakar et al. (2017) Cardiovascular Research, provides further evidence of the role of sensory nerves in perivascular fat (PVAT) Bakar HA, Dunn WR, Daly CJ & Ralevic V (2017). Sensory innervation of perivascular adipose tissue: a crucial role in artery vasodilatation and leptin release . Cardiovascular Research, Vol 113, Issue 8, 962-972

Senior Fellowship

Craig has recently been awarded recognition for his contributions to teaching in higher education through the award of ‘Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy’ (SFHEA). (23/02/17)

Vascular stents

We are pleased to announce a new collaboration with VASCUTEK in which we will be creating a new animation that describes the function of one of their newest products (15/12/16)

Physiology 2016

Craig recently presented on the design of medical animations for teaching and learning at Physiology2016 in Dublin (29/07/16)


We have now opened a YouTube channel to display our animations and those created by postgraduate students we have supervised. (18/06/15)

AMIRA feature

Our work with AMIRA software has been highlighted as a ‘Customer Focus’ article by the FEI visualisation company.

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