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Zipperle J, Redl H, Vendl A, Junger W (2012) From the bench to the public: visualization of purinergic signalling as a model for contemporary science communication. Mitochondr Physiol Network 17.12.

Link: MiPNet17.12 Bioblast 2012 - Open Access

Zipperle J, Redl H, Vendl A, Junger W (2012)

Event: Bioblast 2012

Johannes Zipperle

The fundament for the essential exchange between lab bench and society is science communication on a level that is both, well-founded and attractive. However, many researchers hesitate at the point where the presentation of their data should also fulfil aesthetic requirements. In fact, an artistically and educationally valuable processing of data by no means contradicts the demands to scientific publications. The transformation of raw data into graphics takes place in every publication in the form of figures. Although those who do research are always entitled to a clear and understandable presentation of their data, aesthetics and comprehensibility often get lost in the striving for a minimalist layout. Within this project at the interface between art and science we aim to creating an example how raw data can be transformed in a generally accessible medium that does justice to science, art and comprehensibility. In contrast to common promotion practice the following milestones from science to communication are performed by one investigator:

1) Cell culture and life cell imaging: Investigations on the role of autocrine purinergic signalling in the neutrophil immune response.

2) Mining and processing of acquired data: Movement tracking and data conversion. Results from cell culture assays and microscopy are converted into importable data sets via table handling and ImageJ.

3) 3D Modelling: Simulation of neutrophil morphology, physiology and behaviour by implementation of raw data. Following the modelling on the basis of microscopic appearance, data sets are incorporated in the texturing and rigging in a 3D application. After post-production the animated movie is published on a web 2.0 knowledge base.

  1. Junger WG (211) Immune cell regulation by autocrine purinergic signalling. Nat Rev Immunol. 11: 201-212.
  2. Chen Y, Yao Y, Sumi Y, Li A, To UK, Elkhal A, Inoue Y, Woehrle T, Zhang Q, Hauser C, Junger WG (2010) Purinergic signaling: a fundamental mechanism in neutrophil activation. Sci Signal. 3: ra45. Open Access

Keywords: Science communication, 3D Modelling


Affiliations and author contributions

Johannes Zipperle (1, 2, 3), Heinz Redl (3), Alfred Vendl (1), Wolfgang Junger (2)

(1) University of Applied Arts Vienna, Institute of Art and Technology, Austria

(2) BIDMC, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

(3) Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Austria; Email: