University of Glasgow Open Day
Talking to potential students and demoing our use of VR for teaching cardiovascular science and protein structure. Of course the staff need to try it out too.
The first 2 of an expected 5 this year are now published. One is in the current issue of InFocus (Royal Microscopical Society), the other appears in the Springer book ‘Biomedical Visualisation’.
Virtual Reality in Education
We are advising Immersive Science on the design of collaborative VR for teaching in HE. This follows a successful VR ‘meet up’ between Glasgow and Washington DC using their ‘ConfocalVR’ software.
Funding for 2019 business ideas
Craig has secured two awards from the College of Medical Veterinary & Life Sciences (University of Glasgow) to develop Animation, VR & 3D printing services for teaching and research. A great start to 2019.
We exhibited our 3D printed receptors and Sketchfab (VR) site at the recent meeting of the British Pharmacological Society in London. (22/12/18)
VR at Glasgow University
Our BioImaging work and VR developments for cardiovascular research are soon to be published in a series of articles (hopefully 4). The first will appear in a textbook on Imaging the cardiovascular system. The 2nd is complete and submitted. The 3rd will be completed this month and the 4th in January 2019. A busy writing period – but it has produced some fabulous images, some of which now feature in the image gallery. (15/11/18)
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)
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)
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)
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 The (above, unpublished) image is part of a set that have recently been published in the high ranking journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) (13/10/17) See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.
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
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)
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)
Craig recently presented on the design of medical animations for teaching and learning at Physiology2016 in Dublin (29/07/16)
Our work with AMIRA software has been highlighted as a ‘Customer Focus’ article by the FEI visualisation company.