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"Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease"


Video animating microscopic damage to the brain and explaining how Alzheimer's starts

"Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease," by Stacy Jannis and her team at Jannis Productions, Silver Spring, Md.

In a brain riddled with Alzheimer's disease, protein tangles grow and connections between nerve cells shrivel. This video animates this microscopic damage to explain how the disease starts. The team from Jannis Productions produced the movie for the National Institute on Aging to depict scientists' most current understanding of what happens inside cells during the disease.

The screen shot was entered in the Non-Interactive Media (Screen Shots) category of the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science. While this particular screen shot did not win, two other screen shots from the video won Honorable Mention in the Non-Interactive Media (Screen Shots) category and can be viewed Here and Here. The actual video these screen shots were taken from can be viewed by scrolling down the page to "Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease" and clicking on "Video" Here.

The competition is held each year to celebrate the grand tradition of science visualization and to encourage its continued growth. The spirit of the competition is to communicate science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes.

You can view an additional entry to the competition from this movie by Jannis Productions, Here. To learn more about the competition and view all the winning entries, see the NSF SciVis Special Report. (Date of Image: September 2008)

Credit: Stacy Jannis, William Dempsey and Rebekah Fredenburg; Jannis Productions

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