WEHI opens wondrous animations
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is creating a free online database of more than 100 scientifically-accurate 3D biomedical animations.
Addressing a strong demand within the STEM community for meaningful and accessible education tools - especially on complex topics - the project will initially make valuable teaching and learning resources available to schools and universities teaching biomedical science.
Award-winning Walter and Eliza Hall Institute biomedical animator Dr Drew Berry is leading the project.
For over 20 years, Dr Berry has been dedicated to explaining science to broad audiences through his WEHI.TV biomedical animations.
“WEHI.TV is about sharing what is happening at the frontier of medical research in an entertaining and educational way,” Dr Berry said.
“As a trained cell biologist, I’m fluent in the language of science. As an artist, I interpret the latest in medical research through beautiful 3D visualisations.”
Dr Berry said WEHI.TV was like a powerful microscope, taking students of every age and skill level on a journey deep into the cells and tissues of the human body.
“WEHI.TV enables an intuitive understanding of processes that are impossible to see and difficult to imagine: students can encounter snaking strands of DNA, watch neurons pulsing with electric messages or travel inside an artery with the flow of blood.”
The project is being funded through the Telematics Course Development Fund, provided by The Telematics Trust.
The Trust says it recognised the unique ability of Dr Berry’s animations to easily and effectively communicate ideas about biomedical science across a range of topics from cancer, to the immune system to infectious disease.
Have a look at one of Dr Berry’s previous films below.