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Capturing and Communicating Diverse Biomedical Hypotheses Through Visualization

This new cross-disciplinary project brings together experts in visualization, communication and neuroscience. The project will establish mechanisms to enhance the communication and understanding of diverse hypotheses among researchers through novel visualization tools. Specifically, trainees in the Iwasa group will work together with researchers in the Shepherd lab to develop a 3D visualization that captures their hypotheses on the role of the Arc protein in neuronal communication and memory. Grounded in this collaboration, the Meyer group will develop mechanisms for capturing, understanding and communicating diverse hypotheses within the 3D visualization from the larger scientific community. The project will result in complementary avenues of impact: new molecular visualizations to support neuroscience research and communication; and new tools to support discourse among scientific colleagues. Through this project we will be meeting the four strategic goals of the U by: (1) bringing together existing, yet distinct areas of excellence at the U in data visualization and molecular animation, (2) providing opportunities for trainees to conduct deeply collaborative, cross-disciplinary research, (3) increasing public engagement and visibility of ongoing neuroscience research at the U through the development of scientifically accurate animations, and (4) establishing the foundation and preliminary results for multiple high-impact proposals that will be submitted to the NIH and NSF.


College of Engineering
School of Computing
Project Owner

School of Medicine

School of Medicine
Neurobiology & Anatomy

Project Info

Funded Project Amount

visualization, science communication, neuroscience

Project Status
Funded 2020
Last Updated: 1/23/20