Finally, back in the VR teaching lab
After an 18 month covid-induced closure of the teaching space, we finally got in to run a VR class. Here the students used the cardiovascular app, the data gallery and play tested Cell:The Genesis.
LinkedIn Live chat with Edify
This was a great opportunity to chat with Edify developers about the use of VR in teaching and learning.
VR data gallery v2.0
Using Edify to bring together a selection of our Sketchfab collection in a newly designed gallery.
AlphaFold solves Alpha-receptors
Over the summer I finally got the chance to visualise (in full VR) the three alpha1-adrenoceptors I have worked with for over 40 years! Thanks DeepMind.
VR Cell Physiology Game.
I’m delighted that Dr Angela Douglass will be working on the VR cell game. Angela created the Hypertension animation below and helped with the texturing of the cell in the image. The VR game will take place inside this cell. Check back for updates.
VR Game funding
Thank you to the Physiological Society for funding the development of a Virtual Reality Cell-physiology game. Work begins in Oct. Exciting new development!
We were delighted to demo our VR gallery and Sketchfab collection to the delegates at the meeting in Edinburgh.
Industry Day Demo
We had the chance to demo the VR Gallery to delegates attending the Medical Veterinary & Life Science Industry Day at the University of Glasgow. Fantastic response from those that tried it.
Virtual Reality Gallery
Here is a sneak preview of our VR Gallery. The fully immersive experience allows you to physically browse the best of the Glasgow Life Science collection of 3D data.
Thanks to the British Pharmacological Society for using this image from their meeting in 2018 to advertise the next meeting (Dec 2019). The image shows Craig demonstrating the Sketchfab page to one of the delegates using a Google cardboard viewer.
GLS Sketchfab Page
We are pleased to announce a new public engagement project that give researchers in Life Sciences at University of Glasgow a means of displaying their 3D data in virtual reality using a web browser. Check out the page and follow it.
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.