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Salon Hanging
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Salon Judging
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Board of Governors Meeting
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Location: University of Toronto Mississauga
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Salon Opening
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mentor Breakfast
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Welcome
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 8:15

Perspectives on a Spectacular Profession: Inspiration for our Future

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Plenary
Keynote Speaker: Audra Geras
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:15 - 9:15 am
CEUS: .05 CEUs art, .05 CEUs business
Description: Biomedical artist Audra Geras has successfully navigated a biomedical visuals company through numerous economic upturns and downturns, as well as the radical technological changes that have taken place over the past 15 years. As someone who still whole-heartedly loves and believes in this profession, Audra will share her observations, experiences, ideas and hard-earned perspectives on both the business and artistry of what we do. This is a motivational talk that is meant to inspire some serious professional soul-searching while providing practical suggestions regarding how we as biomedical artists can best tackle the challenges ahead of us. It is also meant to inspire a renewed and energized belief and pride in our spectacular profession. The talk will include a "show and tell" of Audra's biomedical art along with relevant visuals demonstrating the various concepts discussed.


Audra Geras is a graduate of the University of Toronto with honours degrees in biology, and art as applied to medicine. Since graduating, Audra has earned an international reputation as a distinguished biomedical artist. Audra heads her own boutique studio, Geras Healthcare Productions, working with a small but highly dedicated and talented group of animators and artists committed to excellence in biomedical visualization. The studio specializes in custom biomedical visualizations for print, 3D MOA animation, and full video production for all aspects of the health care industry. Audra's work has received well over 100 international Awards of Excellence, including Best of Show from the Association of Medical Illustrators, as well as multiple Rx Club awards. She has exhibited in numerous international group shows, as well as in solo exhibits in London, Basel, Budapest, Washington, New York (3 shows in 2011), and most recently in 2012, in New Jersey. Five of Audra's paintings were chosen for inclusion in the prestigious show of biomedical art at the 2011 TEDMED conference in San Diego. She is the author and illustrator of the AMI award-winning book, Dermatology: A Medical Artist's Interpretation. Audra lives in the Greater Toronto Area with her husband, Dr. Niclas Stiernholm, and her two daughters, Vanessa and Olivia.


Life on Earth - Exploring the New Frontier of Digital Textbooks

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Plenary
Speakers: Edward O. Wilson, PhD
Gaël McGill, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
CEUS: .05 CEUs art .05 CEUs business
Description: Multitouch mobile devices present new opportunities for science education, especially in fields where an understanding of complex and dynamic processes is critical to comprehension. Biology, in particular, is an area rich with complexity and one that is amenable to visualization-from molecules to ecosystems. E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth is a next-generation digital biology textbook for iPad that harnesses the power of visualization to maximize pedagogical outcome. Aimed at the high school audience, it combines the latest approaches in educational research with leading visualization techniques. Led by renowned biologist, author, and naturalist Edward O. Wilson, the Life on Earth team comprises a unique blend of scientist-artists, classroom experts, and technology specialists. Propelled by the belief that real data, when presented clearly, is more compelling than oversimplified concepts, the team has explored a wide variety of areas to share the excitement of science with students- from the savannahs and forests of Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, to the depths of the Protein Data Bank. Wilson and McGill will describe the underlying motivation and vision for the project as well as share insights into the production process and custom tools that serve as a foundation for their work.


Edward Osborne Wilson is generally recognized as one of the leading biologists in the world. He is also recognized as one of the foremost naturalists in both science and literature, as well as a synthesizer in works stretching from pure biology across to the social sciences and humanities. Wilson is acknowledged as the creator of two scientific disciplines (island biogeography and sociobiology), three unifying concepts for science and the humanities jointly (biophilia, biodiversity studies, and consilience), and one major technological advance in the study of global biodiversity (the Encyclopedia of Life). Among more than one hundred awards he has received worldwide are the U. S. National Medal of Science, the Crafoord Prize (equivalent of the Nobel, for ecology) of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the International Prize of Biology of Japan; and in letters, two Pulitzer Prizes in non-fiction, and the Nonino and Serono Prizes of Italy. For his work in conservation he has received the Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the Audubon Medal of the Audubon Society. He is currently Honorary Curator in Entomology and University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University.


Gaël McGill is the Digital Director for E. O. Wilson's Life on Earth digital biology textbook. He is Director of Molecular Visualization at the Center for Molecular and Cellular Dynamics at Harvard Medical School, and the founder & CEO of Digizyme, Inc,. a firm dedicated to the visualization and communication of science. McGill is the creator of the online portal molecularmovies.org and the Molecular Maya software toolkit. He is a technical editor for Wiley/SYBEX Publishing where he has contributed to leading Maya and ZBrush textbooks. McGill is also a board member of the Vesalius Trust. After receiving his BA summa cum laude in biology, music, and art history from Swarthmore College, and PhD at Harvard Medical School as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Sandoz Pharmaceuticals fellow, McGill completed his postdoctoral work at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute studying tumor cell apoptosis and melanoma."


COFFEE BREAK -- 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Making the Past Present: An Artist's Role in Scientific Investigation and Communication

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Plenary
Speaker: Hall Train
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
CEUS: .1 CEUs Art
Description: In the past people looked up at a huge skeleton in a museum and marvelled at how big it was. Today people look at these familiar forms and start asking new questions such as, how could it breathe? How could it get enough to eat? How fast could it move? Our imaginations have led to new speculation, and innovative science visualization methods allow us to examine possible answers. Hall Train's talk will focus on his recent collaborations with major museum and science clients, working together on ways to present not only the latest fossil discoveries, but also the latest ideas and concepts that arise along with them. Hall's museum clients bring him in at the earliest design stages to consult on exhibit concepts, timelines, and technologies; everything from blue-sky ideation to the practicalities of moving a travelling show. Hall will discuss some recent projects, culminating in the American Museum of Natural History's major new exhibit, titled The World's Largest Dinosaurs, currently on tour. Hall also partners with scientific research groups to find ways of helping them to see and refine their research hypotheses, and to devise experiments that can test their ideas about ancient life in the here and now. He will present several examples-a T. rex model that can walk, a pterosaur model that can fly, and a 4-winged dinosaur that was tested in a wind tunnel at MIT and helped illuminate ideas about the possible origins of flight.


The journal Science called Hall Train a pioneer and an inventor. The New York Times called his work dynamic. The American Museum of Natural History, a regular client, describes his scale-model walking T. rex as, "the most scientifically accurate model ever built of a dinosaur walking." Hall Train and his Toronto-based studio have created over 40 international natural history projects, including sculptures, animations, robots, and environments, for leading museums and broadcasters. Hall's drive to achieve naturalism and his habit of always referring back to the original fossils have turned cherished notions of paleontology on their heads, led several leading paleontologists to change their thinking, and have gotten Hall involved in collaborative research and exhibition projects with the likes of National Geographic, PBS-Nova, Stanford University, and MIT. Through these projects, clients and audiences have seen the revelatory power of good science visualization. And according to Hall, it all starts with drawing.


Presidential Luncheon 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Lunch
Speaker: Jane Hurd
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
CEUS: none
Description: Presidential Address and Luncheon


Jane Hurd has been a preeminent innovator in medical visualization for the last four decades. In 1997, Jane founded Hurd Studios, a premier animation company, catering specifically to the pharmaceutical industry. From 1994 to 1996, Ms. Hurd was Senior Vice President/Executive Art Director for Time Life Medical. From 1992 to 1994, Ms. Hurd served as Director of Design for Medical News Network. Prior to this work, Jane operated her studio in Washington, D.C., creating medical illustrations for clients such as National Geographic magazine, the National Institutes of Health and numerous publishers, advertising agencies and pharmaceutical companies. From 1968 to 1979, Jane worked for Georgetown University School of Medicine.


Person to Person Interviews
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Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Biophotonics-enabled Molecular Imaging Advances in Basic Research and Clinical Translation: "Illuminations" in Oncology and Beyond

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Concurrent
Speaker: Ralph DaCosta, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
CEUS:.1 CEUs business
Description: Biophotonics describes the field of research in which the interaction of light and biological systems is integrated with photonic technologies. Dr. DaCosta's laboratory specializes in the development and application of biophotonics-enabled imaging and related technologies to address important clinically-relevant problems in the diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of treatment response in patients with cancer and other diseases. Optical molecular imaging is a powerful tool that is being applied at the basic research level to 1) better characterize and understand the mechanisms of cancer biology, 2) improve the diagnosis of early cancers, 3) provide intraoperative image-guidance to improve the surgical removal of cancer, and 4) determine better ways to assess how cancer responds to various treatments (eg radio- and immunotherapies) in preclinical cancer models. A major goal of the DaCosta lab is to translate these findings and 'bioimaging' technology innovations to clinical practice. Key elements of the translation process are education, communication, and commercialization to, respectively, help promote this research and development enterprise, foster new collaborations, and ultimately produce real-world biomedical products that impact the health of patients in Canada and globally. This presentation will elaborate on advances made by Dr. DaCosta's team that harness the power of light and molecular imaging and their impact on oncology and other diseases. The use of medical visualization in these on-going activities to will be highlighted."


Ralph DaCosta received his PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto. His graduate research focused on the development and pioneering clinical application of advanced optical molecular imaging technologies for endoscopic diagnosis of early gastrointestinal cancer. This work has contributed to major improvements in the accuracy of conventional diagnostic endoscopy and continues to directly benefit endoscopic cancer screening strategies around the world. Dr. DaCosta is a Principal Investigator at the Ontario Cancer Institute, University Health Network (UHN), where he is developing a comprehensive research program that focuses on developing new biomedical imaging technologies and processes for application in basic cancer research and translation to clinical practice. Dr. DaCosta is the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Cancer Imaging and a member of the Radiation Medicine Program at Princess Margaret Hospital as well as a Faculty member of the Spatio-Temporal Targeted and Amplification of Radiation Response (STTARR) Innovation Center at UHN. Dr. DaCosta is one of Canada's leading experts in the areas of biophotonics and molecular imaging and the clinical translation of these innovations for application in the care of patients of cancer and other diseases. His ongoing contribution to the field of cancer imaging has been recognized by numerous awards and invited presentations at international meetings." "Biophotonics describes the field of research in which the interaction of light and biological systems is integrated with photonic technologies. Dr. DaCosta's laboratory specializes in the development and application of biophotonics-enabled imaging and related technologies to address important clinically-relevant problems in the diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of treatment response in patients with cancer and other diseases.


The Life Cycle of Medical Art (and What Will Happen to Yours?)

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Concurrent
Speakers: Marcia Hartsock, MA, CMI; Mary Jordan, MA, CMI; Teri J. McDermott, MA, CMI; Bill Westwood, MS, CMI
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs business
Description: Illustrators focus on the present-day world, creating imagery to solve today's problems, satisfying today's clients. Future education and research, however, will depend on attention paid today to the preservation of work created yesterday. This presentation guides the audience through the "life" of an image - how it was conceived, created, solved a visual problem, reflected the current knowledge, visualized a future result, then was reproduced for the intended audience. The original material was then A) discarded, either immediately or after languishing in a forgotten file, or B) was given a second life and purpose in institutions that support research and education about the illustrator, the image, the subject matter, the techniques, and areas of interest we can't yet imagine. Speakers will present 1) a curator's and educator's view of the future value of medical art, 2) personal experiences that stress the importance of preserving an illustrator's legacy, 3) the tools and techniques an illustrator can use now to help their work live on in the future, and 4) information on current archives, focusing on the Vesalius Trust Collection of Art Serving Medicine and Science, how to donate to this Collection at the Lloyd Library and Museum, and how to communicate intentions to family and heirs.


Marcia Harstock is a self-employed medical illustrator in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her artwork has won national awards from the AMI and RxClub, and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. As a 30-year Professional Member of the AMI, an AMI Past President, and one of the Founders of the Vesalius Trust, she has a unique perspective of the continued importance, yet changing practice, of the profession of medical illustration.


Mary Jordan holds an MA in medical and biological illustration, and has specialized in creating medical legal visuals for litigation. She is completing an MA in art education with specializations in art museum education and arts leadership. She is interested in the study and development of fine art and scientific/medical connections in museum settings. She is the 2011-2012 McDermott Education Family Experiences Intern at the Dallas Museum of Art where she facilitates observation and hands-on learning opportunities to encourage wonder, critical thinking, and creativity for children, families, and visitors with special needs. Mary is an AMI Fellow, member of the Vesalius Trust Board of Directors, past member of the AMI Board of Governors, and has coordinated memorial exhibits at the AMI Salon.


Teri J. McDermott is a Fellow and Past President of the AMI. She has run her own business since 1981, specializing in full-color illustration for medical trade journal covers, patient education, pharmaceutical advertising, and medical legal clients. Teri's creative excellence has garnered over 30 awards from the AMI, the World Congress on Biomedical Communications, DESI, New York's RxClub, and others. Her work was selected for The Best in Medical Advertising and for exhibitions at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and elsewhere in the United States, Australia, Great Britain, and France. Teri has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences over the past two and a half decades, and is a Founding Member of the Illustrators' Partnership of America (IPA).


Bill Westwood is a graduate of the Medical Illustration Program at the Medical College of Georgia. He started his professional career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked for ten years before leaving to become self-employed. Since then, he has grown and managed a successful, full-time medical illustration business in Albany, New York. Westwood is board-certified and a Fellow in the AMI. He is a Past President of the Association and served two terms on the Board of Governors. Bill is a well-known speaker on business issues affecting medical illustrators, including artists' rights/copyright, marketing, negotiation, business practices and pricing. He created the Medical Illustration Source Book (a visual marketing tool for self-employed medical illustrators) in 1982 and guided its growth as Editor through 2000. He also serves on the business advisory board of MySmartSimulations, a rapidly growing simulation-based training company in Saratoga, New York, and is a long-time panelist on a radio program called the "Copyright Forum" on WAMC Northeast Public Radio" (a regional public radio station serving parts of seven states). Until recently, Bill was an Adjunct Instructor at The Sage Colleges in Albany, New York, where he taught "Business Practices for Visual Artists." He is currently on the Adjunct Faculty of the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia.


Panel on Prosthetic Device Design

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Concurrent
Speakers: Nina Czegledy; Tom Chau, PhD, MASc, BASc; Dan Blocka, BSc, CO(c), FCBC; and Erika Biddle-Stavrakos, PhD candidate
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: The primary aim of the panel is to facilitate brief presentations and an open discussion on the evolving transdisciplinary roles in the design process and techniques and scientific visualization of developing a prosthetic. The focus of the presentations will center on aspects of innovation from multidisciplinary perspectives, including scientific theory, emerging technologies, design practice, and ethical implications. In an increasingly technologically-mediated world, the issue of what constitutes a prosthetic becomes crucial. What is the role today of a medical illustrator to facilitate this process? Do medical illustrators see their role as coming to the table at the end of the (prosthetics) design process or do they see their role as active participants in the design and as advocates of the users of these devices? Ms. Healey will look at the role the medical artist can play in bridging different technologies and providing solutions supported by empirical evidence.


Nina Czlegledy - artist, curator, and educator - works internationally on collaborative art, science, and technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment shape the focus of her projects. She has exhibited widely, won awards for her artwork, and has lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide. Czegledy curated numerous international touring projects and has published extensively. Her recent projects include: The Extension of Man - At the Intersection of Art and Medicine, West Vancouver Museum 2012, The Visual Collider touring project, in collaboration with Marcus Neustetter, exhibited in seven countries in North America and Europe; Aura, Aurora in collaboration with Bettina Schuelke presented at artMuse Festival 2011, Bocholt, Germany, and at the Plein Air festival, Budapest, 2010; Areosphere/ Atmosphere (with Janine Randerson) at New Plymouth Observatory, New Zealand, 2011; The Pleasure of Light co-curated with Rona Kopeczky, at the Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2010), National Museum of Gdansk, Poland, (2011). Czegledy is a senior fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto; associate adjunct professor, Concordia University, Montreal; senior fellow, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest; member of the Leonardo/ISAST Governing Board; member of Observatoire Leonardo des Arts des Techno-Sciences OLAT; member, Year Zero 01, Toronto and contributing editor to LEA, the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.


Tom Chau is the Senior Scientist at the Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chau is a co-founder of Ojiton Inc., a Canadian assistive technology start-up. Since 2004, he has held a Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation Engineering. He was graduate coordinator of the Clinical Engineering Program from 2006-2011 and has been Leader of the NSERC CREATE: Academic Rehabilitation Engineering program since 2009, both at the University of Toronto. He has published 117 articles in biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science journals, raised over $12M in research funding as a principal investigator, and trained over 50 graduate students as primary supervisor. Chau leads the Infinity Centre for Access Innovations, a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research initiative to equip every child and adolescent in Canada with a means of communication. Chau's lab has developed numerous innovations aimed at maximizing possibilities for children. Many of these inventions are on the fast track to commercialization via numerous industry partnerships. His lab has won several international awards and has been featured in national and international media.


Dan Blocka has been a Professor and Coordinator of the George Brown College Prosthetic and Orthotic Educational Programs in Toronto for over 25. He was also on faculty in the School of Human Biology at the University of Guelph from 1985 to 2004. Dan is currently the Immediate Past President of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), after serving a term as President from 2007 to 2010. He has been involved in over twenty-five international evaluations and examination processes at various Prosthetic and Orthotic educational training programs worldwide. Dan is on the Board of Directors of Cambodia Trust, a UK based charity, which works for the equality for people with disabilities in the developing world. He is also the Founder and President of Clinical Orthotic Consultants (COC) since it's inception in 1988. COC is a clinical and technical service provider of custom orthotic devices in the GTA.


Erika Biddle-Stavrakos currently lives in Toronto where she is working on her PhD in Communication & Culture at York University. She is a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective (www.autonomedia.org) and an independent media artist.


Perioperative Interactive Education - Development of Interactive Online Modules for Teaching Perioperative Medicine General Concurrent

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Concurrent
Speakers: Gordon Tait, PhD; Willa Bradshaw, MScBMC; Jodi Crossingham, MScBMC; Albert Fung, MScBMC, and Tabby Lulham, MScBMC
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: The most difficult challenge in developing e-learning content in the field of medicine is providing online interactivity for trainees. The Perioperative Interactive Education (PIE) team consists of four graduates of the Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto who are employing distinctively different techniques to meet these educational needs. The Virtual Spine provides a 3D model for teaching the anatomy and sonoanatomy of the lumbar spine. Simulation of a prepuncture lumbar ultrasound scan teaches the use of ultrasound in the delivery of spinal anesthesia. Virtual Weaning simulates the process of weaning a patient from cardiopulmonary bypass, with animation of the cardiopulmonary bypass pump and the heart beating in an open chest. The Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) system is a tool for creating simulations of patient encounters in clinics, providing students with a debriefing after they diagnose the cause of the presenting complaint. The Toronto Video Atlas of Liver, Pancreas and Transplant Surgery is a library of surgical video enhanced with 3D models of the patient's organs and vessels reconstructed from the CT scan. These interactive educational modules are freely available online for use by medical educators for teaching and by trainees for self-study.


Gordon Tait, PhD, has had a life-long interest in e-learning. Early work in pediatric critical care included simulations of postoperative cardiac patients and patients requiring respiratory support with a ventilator, and later managing the development of Child Physiology, a Website for teaching parents of pediatric patients how the body works. Current projects in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management at Toronto General Hospital involve the development of online teaching aids in perioperative medicine, managing a team of four biomedical multimedia developers with master's degrees from the Biomedical Communications program.


Willa Bradshaw graduated from the University of Toronto with a master's degree in biomedical communications in 2006. She works within the Perioperative Interactive Education (PIE) team on the development of Web-based medical simulations for the Cardiac Anesthesia Website and educational applications for mobile devices. She enjoys contemplating typography, interface design, and the lifespan of her beloved Adobe Flash.


Jodi Crossingham holds a master's degree in biomedical communications from the University of Toronto. While completing her degree, she started development of the Virtual Liver Website. This site aims to enhance surgical residents' understanding of liver anatomy through the use of interactive 3D models. She has expanded and refined this concept with the development of the Virtual Spine Website, and is currently working on the Virtual TTE Website.


Albert Fung graduated from the University of Toronto with a master's degree in biomedical communications in 2010. His master's research project involved creating a 3D computer animation describing the Axillary Lymph Node Dissection procedure. He is also responsible for creating educational surgical videos and animations for the Toronto Video Atlas of Liver, Pancreas and Transplant Surgery.


Tabby Lulham graduated from the University of Toronto with a master's degree in biomedical communications in 2010. She has a keen interest in educational game development and Web design. Currently she is developing the Virtual Interactive Case system for PIE. She also maintains the PIE Website.


Frederick Ruysch and the Kunstkamera of St. Petersburg

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Concurrent
Speaker: Dave Mazierski
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: Frederick Ruysch was Holland's preeminent anatomist in the late 1600s. His privileged access to medical anomalies and his secret formula for the preservation of anatomical specimens led to the creation of one of Europe's most famous Cabinet of Curiosities. The educational value of his collection was felt to be so great that the Tsar of Russia, Peter the Great, purchased it from Ruysch in 1717 to form the centrepiece of Russia's first natural history museum. Today, a portion of Ruysch's original collection can still be viewed in the Kunstkamera of St. Petersburg. We examine the historical context of the the Kunstkamera, the current state of its preservation, and its relevance to understanding the contemporary phenomenon of the BODY WORLDS exhibits created by Gunther von Hagens.


Dave Mazierski graduated from the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at University of Toronto in 1982. His first project was to illustrate the world's first atlas of camel anatomy, and he has contributed to many other medical and scientific books, including Grant's Atlas of Anatomy. He currently teaches foundation courses in digital media production and illustration, as well as undergraduate courses in scientific visualization, while also maintaining a freelance illustration studio. Recently, he completed an MSc in vertebrate paleontology, supervised by Professor Robert Reisz at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.


Vesalius Trust Poster Session - POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Concurrent
Moderator: Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI
www.vesaliustrust.org
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel, Mountbatten Lane
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS: None
STUDENT PARTICIPANTS: Please read the information below or download the VT Poster Instructions PDF for detailed instructions on how to submit a poster and participate in the VT Poster Session:



Vesalius Trust Poster Symposium: Information for Participants The Vesalius Trust, in association with Association of Medical Illustrators, will be holding its 5th Annual Poster Session at the upcoming Annual Conference in Baltimore. All 2012 applicants to the VT Scholarship program have an opportunity to present at the 5th Annual Vesalius Trust Poster Session. In other words, you do not have to have received a VT Scholarship or Grant to take part. Participation is voluntary for all applicants, and would be in addition to those who have been asked to present at The Vesalian Scholars Session.


Participants Include:

    Natalia Burachynsky, University of Toronto
    Kate Campbell, University of Toronto
    Rachel Fishman, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Laura (Garrison) Schwartz, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Andrea Gauthier, University of Toronto
    April Isch, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Jenel Semay Johnston, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Sarah Keilson, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Leah Klein, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Cindy Lau, University of Toronto
    Kaitlin Lindsay, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Courtney McKenna, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Scott Riddle, Rochester Institute of Technology
    Stephen Robinson, Georgia Health Sciences University
    Bonnie Scott, University of Toronto
    Elyssa Seigel, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Lyndsay Stephenson, University of Toronto
    Stefania Spano, University of Toronto
    Bonnie Tang, University of Toronto
    Eo Trueblood, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Merry Wang, University of Toronto
    Wenjing Wu, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

COFFEE BREAK -- 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

These floors were made for walking: Designing Interactivity for a Healthcare Environment

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Concurrent
Speaker: Steven Bernstein, MScBMC
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel, Rossetti Room
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: Have you ever wanted to take 100 pressure-activated floor sensors and hook them up to a floor-to-ceiling wall projector so that kids can create generative art in a hospital? In this session Steven will take you through the process that created "ScreenPlay" - an interactive art installation at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabillitation Hospital. The challenge was to make something beautiful, creative and engaging that was also designed to meet the special needs of its hospital environment and the diverse age, ability, and engagement range of the children (and adults) for whom it was intended. Steven will focus on sharing the analytical approach and translational methods used in creating this project and what he learned along the way. Topics for discussion will include, Taking a chance: why it never hurts to set up a meeting; How to not make a floor-controlled computer screen: designing for the uniqueness of your technology; Creating something awesome and effective: aligning user and environmental needs with project goals; How to think big, then adjust: balancing ideas, technology and budgets. This session provides insight into transferring your skills to larger and expanding scales and exploring deeper levels of interactivity design.


Steven Bernstein was born and raised in Toronto. After moving to Montreal to achieve his BSc in Physiology and teach interactive science programs to kids, he returned to Toronto to complete his Master's of Science in Biomedical Communications. Since graduating, he has been working in the field creating compelling visuals and effective communication strategies for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and other organizations. Steven is currently living and working in Toronto. He specializes in designing and conceiving physical interactive experiences based around user needs and desired outcomes and visualizing data to reveal new patterns and information. He takes on life and work with an open and curious mind and has a special interest in understanding people, our needs and how we relate to each other. He also enjoys dancing.


Vesalius Trust Scholars Session - LIVE PRESENTATIONS
Concurrent
Moderator: Jennifer E. Fairman, CMI, FAMI
www.vesaliustrust.org
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel, Churchill Room
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
CEUS: .05 CEUs art .05 CEUs biomedical
Description: The Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences is proud to host this Vesalian Scholars' Session devoted to student research in the areas of medical illustration and biomedical communication. The Trust is pleased to have awarded significant financial grants this year in support of these student projects, and we welcome each of the student presenters. In addition, we congratulate every VesaliusTrust grant applicant, and we wish all of this year's biocommunication graduates success,10 of whom will present the research done as part of their graduate studies:


Speakers:

Cindy Lau
University of Toronto
Alan Cole Scholar
Creating Neural Pathways in Play and In Mind
Andrea Gauthier
University of Toronto
Grant Recipient
Vascular Invaders: Exploring how studying with an anatomically accurate, interactive 3D model of thoracic vasculature integrated with a video game might reinforce concepts of sequential branching patterns relative to studying with the 3D model alone
Leah Klein
University of Illinois at Chicago
Grant Recipient
Visualizing Pharyngeal Arch Nerve Growth and Muscle Innervation During Human Embryological Development
Kaitlin Lindsay
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Vesalian Scholar
Revealing the Face an Ancient Egyptian: Synthesis of Current and Traditional Approaches to Evidence-Based Facial Approximation
Courtney McKenna
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Vesalian Scholar
Pudendal Nerve Entrapment: An Anatomical Study and Three Dimensional Visualization of Nerve Variations and Branching Patterns
Stephen Robinson
Georgia Health Sciences University
Grant Recipient
Neuro-Logic Anatomy: Interactive 4D Neuroscience Consistency & Context for the Neurology Classroom
Bonnie Scott
University of Toronto
Vesalian Scholar
Cell Machines: A game-based study tool that teaches protein structure and function to university biology students
Elyssa Siegel
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Vesalian Scholar
A Visual Resource for Liver Transplant: Anatomic Implications for Postoperative Care
Merry Wang
University of Toronto
Grant Recipient
Cellular Delivery: An immersive three-dimensional visualization of patient-specific, stem cell-based drug therapy for neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration
Wenjing "Betty" Wu
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Vesalian Scholar, Inez Demonet Awardee
Pancreatic Cancer Genome Sequencing Research at Johns Hopkins: An Online Multimedia Patient Education Program.
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Open Evening starting at 6 pm -- Alumni Night

Committee Breakfast Meetings
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Announcements
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 8:15

Big Data, Little Brain

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Plenary
Keynote Speaker: Ben Fry, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:15 - 9:15 am
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: The ability to collect and store data continues to increase, but our ability to understand it remains unchanged. Data visualization makes use of our evolutionary proclivity for decoding visual images and employs this ability as a high-bandwidth means of getting data into our heads. In this talk, Ben Fry will present work his team has developed ranging from illustrations of data for journals and magazines to software tools used by geneticists to interactive applications for corporations in the fields of finance, energy, media, and health care.


Drawing on a background in design and computer science, Ben Fry pursues a long-held preoccupation with data as principal of Fathom Information Design in Boston, where he produces software, printed works, installations, and books that explain and depict topics from the human genome to baseball salaries to the evolution of text documents. With Casey Reas, he founded the Processing Project (www.processing.org), which seeks to ruin the careers of talented designers by tempting them away from their usual tools and into the world of programming and computation. Similarly, the project is designed to turn engineers and computer scientists to less gainful employment as artists and designers. Ben received his PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory in 2004, has written a book on data visualization, and coauthored two others about the Processing Project with Casey Reas. His work has been shown in multiple exhibitions and in 2011, he won the National Design Award for Interaction Design from Cooper-Hewitt.


Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist

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Plenary
Speaker: James Gurney
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: This digital slide presentation examines the practical methods that James Gurney uses to translate an imaginative idea into a realistic image. He'll show behind the scenes examples of both his work for the science magazines, as well as his fantasy images from his illustrated book series Dinotopia.He will give detailed examples of the entire workflow, beginning with research with scientists, often on the location of a paleontological or archaeological dig. Following the research phase, he produces a series of thumbnail sketches, using pencils, markers, or water-soluble colored pencils. Many projects require models posing in costume, which he documents either with photography or traditional drawn studies. Physical reference maquettes or miniatures are a key part of his process because of their help with lighting effects and textural ideas. Photo reference and and plein air studies will also be discussed, as will the basic procedure for rendering in oil.


James Gurney is the artist and author best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia.He specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can't be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations. His paleo reconstructions have appeared in Discover magazine, Ranger Rick, Scientific American, and National Geographic. He is also a dedicated plein air (outdoor) painter and sketcher. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at The Smithsonian Institution, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Norton Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, and other venues. He is a popular lecturer at art schools, movie studios, and game companies, and he teaches occasional workshops. His most recent book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010) was Amazon's #1 bestselling book on painting for over 52 weeks and is based on his daily blog gurneyjourney.blogspot.com.


COFFEE BREAK -- 10:30 am - 11:00 am

3D, the True Potential

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Plenary
Speaker: Bryan Christie
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: Bryan Christie will begin by describing his overall approach and philosophy to visual communication. Citing a number of examples in our field, he will focus on what makes a good information graphic and medical visualization. Tracing the history of medical illustration, he will discuss how we have turned our backs on an amazing wealth of beauty and insight. Finally, he will describe how medical information informs all of his fine art and how we have just begun to delve into 3D's true potential.


Bryan Christie is an award-winning 3D illustrator and fine artist whose work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Esquire, and National Geographic. He began his training in 1996, at the illustration and animation studio, SlimFilms. From there, he took a position as assistant art director at Scientific American Magazine, where he designed and illustrated covers and editorial content. Bryan was impressed by the distinctive aesthetic of the magazine from the '50s and '60s; its influence can be seen in the development of his own unique style. He is the owner and creative force behind Bryan Christie Design, a 3D illustration studio, specializing in documenting the innate wonder and beauty of the physical world. Mr. Christie's 14 years of graphic work propelled him forward into his own art and fomented his search for the visceral experience of the truth and beauty of the world. Currently, his fine art can be seen in the Catskill Film and Video Festival and in Creative Quarterly issue 27 and their online gallery.


Members' Forum 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Boxed Lunch
Presentation: Branding Discussion
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
CEUS: none

Person to Person Interviews
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Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Vesalius Trust Silent Auction Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30pm - 6:00 pm

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Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel & University of Toronto St. George
Time: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm


In response to the rising interest and number of pieces that are entered in the silent auction, the Vesalius Trust is happy to announce that this year the silent auction will run from 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Friday, July 27th. Be sure to monitor the pieces that you want to take home, as bidding will be continual. Bidding on the silent auction will stop promptly at 6:00 p.m. as the live auction event gets underway. Expect great deals on software, books and manuals, and historical items of interest!


Cooler Solutions: Designing Innovation With Biomedical Communication

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Plenary
Speakers: Susan Bartlett and Chris Ferguson
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs business
Description: Cooler Solutions uses a design process to help companies innovate their products and services. In this presentation, they will explain our process for discovering unmet needs and developing real-world products and services. They will also discuss how they have incorporated leading-edge biomedical communication practices into their process to create meaningful, impactful solutions. In particular, they will showcase some of the work to come out of the studio and reflect on how biomedical communication can add unique value outside some of its more traditional applications.


Susan Bartlett and Chris Ferguson work at Cooler Solutions, a design innovation firm in Toronto. At Cooler, they help organizations innovate by designing products and services that address consumer's unmet needs. In their work with health-care organizations, they frequently use biomedical communication as a tool to create innovative new solutions. Recently, they have developed an interactive, immersive educational exhibit for a pharmaceutical company, and a shared decision-making tool to help oncology patients understand the risk factors associated with treatment options.


autoFill: Framing Biophysical Data in a Cellular Context

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Concurrent
Speaker: Graham Johnson, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: The autoFill software program synthesizes 3D models using real data. In general, autoFill packs 3D geometries together with no overlaps. A specialization of autoFill, called autoCell, packs recipes of molecular ingredients into organelles to construct vast cellular volumes with atomic detail. Graham Johnson will show applications of autoCell to build community-consensus models of several well-defined biological systems including Blood Serum, Generic Cytoplasm, Synaptic Vesicles and HIV Viruses, and he will describe how these models are used to advance biological research. He will also show medical illustrators how to access these models for use in their own work. Finally, he will describe the software and show illustrators how to generate their own models with user-friendly access to autoCell's parameters and algorithms that effectively recapitulate the complex interplay of randomness and specific interaction that lies at the heart of biology.


Graham Johnson has specialized in molecular and cellular biology since graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1997. He illustrated both editions of the textbook Cell Biology by Pollard & Earnshaw as a coauthor, and has created thousands of scientific visuals ranging from journal covers to pedagogic animations. Graham's PhD work in the Molecular Graphics Lab at The Scripps Research Institute focused primarily on developing algorithms to enable scientists and illustrators to generate, simulate, and visualize molecular models of cells (eg, epmv.scripps.edu). As a QB3@UCSF Faculty Fellow, he continues to develop software that can interoperate the computational tools of science and art. www.grahamj.com


The Art and Science of Design: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Concurrent
Speaker: Leslie Predy, BSc, MScBMC
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: Biomedical communicators frequently deal with scientific research as subject matter for their visualizations, but perhaps do not consider that similar research methods can be used to inform the design process. Using data to craft designs can improve how an object is perceived, learned, and used - whether it is a digital animation, Web tool, or traditional media. This presentation will examine the roles of contextual research, ethnography, user centered design, and cognitive psychology in the design process. It will explore the creation process behind Autodesk software such as 123D Sculpt, 123D Make and Pixlr-o-matic, and how the lessons learned can be applied to design in general. With inherently multidisciplinary training, biomedical communicators are in a unique and advantageous position to leverage these techniques to create more effective communication tools. The goal of this presentation is to describe new methods to solve design problems and to emphasize that the role of a biomedical communicator can and should involve the development and generation of concepts, design solutions, and methodologies.


Leslie received her BSc degree in physiology and developmental biology from the University of Alberta in 2005, and MSc degree in biomedical communications from the University of Toronto in 2008. She currently works as a User Experience Designer at Autodesk Toronto in the Consumer Products Group, with a focus on mobile applications. She is especially proud of her work on the iPad application 123D Sculpt, which has over 1 million downloads to date.


COFFEE BREAK -- 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Using 2D and 3D Graphics to Investigate Imaging of Brain Atrophy

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Concurrent
Speaker: Michael Havranek, MAMS, CMI
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: NeuroQuant is a new FDA-approved software that shows promising clinical applications in identifying brain atrophy resulting from degenerative diseases as well as mild traumatic brain injury. Coupled with OSIRIX, NeuroQuant provides colorful maps of brain subregions, allowing users to visualize the subregions' shape and size and identify areas of abnormality. Our team has applied a variety of 2D and 3D graphics techniques to visualize and analyze the NeuroQuant data sets, and to investigate the effectiveness and reliability of NeuroQuant in confirming areas of atrophy. The surprising results challenged doctors' opinions and demonstrated that NeuroQuant requires experienced operators to achieve accurate results and produce correct clinical conclusions.


Michael Havranek is a certified medical illustrator and Vice-President of Amicus Visual Solutions, which provides medical graphics for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. He received his master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000, and has been working in the medical legal field ever since. In 2006, Michael joined Amicus Visual Solutions to further develop their digital graphics program and to expand their role into forensic research. Recently, Michael has been involved with the Virginia Institute of Neuropsychiatry in developing methods by which to visually demonstrate subtle changes in brain tissue following traumatic brain injury. His contributions to the institute as a medical illustrator have influenced the focus and direction of VIN's investigation into the reliability and effectiveness of volumetric brain imaging.


Collective Experiences in BMC Doctoral Research

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Concurrent
Speaker: Leila Lax BA, BScAAM, MEd, CMI, PhD, CAAHEP Commissioner; Meaghan Brierley, MScBMC; Michelle Lui, MScBMC
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs biomedical
Description: Three speakers will offer a description of their BMC doctoral research and, together, the group will discuss the value of PhD research in biomedical communications and how this research can contribute to new developments in our field.


Leila Lax "Design & Assessment of Social Network Dynamics in a Web-based CME Program for Family Physicians"


Meaghan Brierley "Communicating Change: Medical Illustrators as Innovators and Intermediaries"


Michelle Lui "EvoRoom: An Immersive Simulation for Grade 11 in Evolutionary Biology"



Leila Lax is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Communications master's program at the University of Toronto. Leila teaches a course in medical legal visualization and is a former practitioner. After completing her master's and doctoral degrees in higher education with a specialization in health professions education and a focus on e-learning, Leila became involved in design research. Her research includes multimedia educational design and evaluation of Web-based environments for individual and collaborative knowledge building. In this presentation, Leila will discuss the collective design of a CME course and how social network visualizations are used to demonstrate socio/cognitive dynamics that advance knowledge online.


Meaghan Brierley is a PhD candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary. Her dissertation explores the social practices of medical illustrators. Her research is inspired by previous work as a medical illustrator, and is informed by practice theory, where innovations are part of broad political, infrastructural, and technological environments (Warde 2005; Postill 2010).


Michelle Lui is a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. After completing her undergraduate studies in pharmacology, she earned a master of science degree in biomedical communications, and spent three years in the industry developing instructional interactive media products for a healthcare audience prior to returning to University of Toronto. Her current research involves designing immersive environments for teaching high school biology.


Vesalius Trust Auction
Social Event
Moderator: Vesalius Trust
www.vesaliustrust.org
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CEUS: none


The Vesalius Trust Auction "Artfest" will once again be held during this year's AMI Annual Meeting on Friday, July 27. There are some changes to the format and once again, a new and exciting addition to the live auction activity.


The Live Auction
Many specialty items will be sold at the live auction event beginning at 6:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m. Watch closely, and be prepared to make the final bid to get one of a kind artwork(s), and other items that have been created for this special sale.


The Live Auction Event
Building upon the success of the 2011 Tablecloth event, the Vesalius Trust will once again be offering a special Live Auction activity. This year's special live auction event will be the creation of one of a kind collages that has been completed by teams of talented individuals.


Team captains have volunteered to lead teams in creating a one of a kind collage. Everyone is invited to join a team. Each team members will pay an entry fee of $20.00 per collage tile to participate. Team members and other individuals can also give $20.00 and give the collage materials to other persons, such as students, to create the tiles for them.


Team members will complete all their artwork on the tiles PRIOR to the AMI annual meeting. Assembly of the final collage will take place during the auction. No on-site creation of artwork will take place.


Team members are also encouraged to obtain sponsors prior to the event. The team with the highest pre-competition sponsorship amount will win a special one of a kind prize and bragging rights throughout the year. Collage tiles will be provided by the Vesalius Trust, however the artist may use ANY materials that they wish to create their tile, so long as it can be transported to the meeting site.


At the end of the evening, the finished collages will be auctioned off for a lucky winner to take home as a cherished item.


FREE EVENING AFTER AUCTION

New Board Meeting
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Certification Exam
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 7:30 am - 12:30 pm
Announcments
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:00 am - 8:15

The Holographic Electronic Medical Record (HoloMER)

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Plenary
Keynote Speaker: Richard M. Satava, MD, FACS
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 8:15 - 9:15 am
CEUS: .1 CEUs biomedical
Description: While the Information Age has transformed our society, it has done very little for health care. Instead of pencil and paper, we now have the same information, in nearly the same format, on a monitor. Other industries have a CAD/CAM model of their product - health care should also have a total information representation of each person (patient) based upon a total body scan (CR, MRI, etc) with the data embedded into the fully interactive 3D image - a holographic representation of themselves (HoloMER). When any of the laboratory tests, genetic tests, pathology of diseases, images of injuries are added, the person can see an effect on themselves. This image can also be coupled with powerful algorithms that could forecast what would happen to them if they change their diet, exercise, take specific medications, and even be used by their surgeon before an operation to rehearse the surgery, and make mistakes on their holomer, rather than during surgery to the patient. This is not new in other industries and is decades old in terms of virtual prototyping, CAD/CAM, nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDTE). By moving to a visual medical record, a true paradigm shift could occur in health care.


Richard M. Satava is Professor of Surgery at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.,His prior positions include Professor of Surgery at Yale University, military appointment as Professor of Surgery at (USUHS) Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Program Manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Senior Science Advisor at US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate training at Johns Hopkins University, medical school at Hahnemann University of Philadelphia, internship at Cleveland Clinic, and surgical residency at Mayo Clinic with a Master of Surgical Research. During his 23 years of military surgery he has been an active flight surgeon, an Army astronaut candidate, MASH surgeon for the Grenada Invasion, and a hospital commander during Desert Storm, all while continuing clinical surgical practice. He has served on the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Committee on Health, Food and Safety. He is on numerous committees of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), is Past President of many surgical societies, on the editorial board of numerous surgical and scientific journals, and active in numerous engineering societies. He has been continuously active in surgical education and surgical research, with more than 200 publications and book chapters in diverse areas of advanced surgical technology, including surgery in the space environment, video and 3D imaging, plasma medicine, telepresence surgery, virtual reality surgical simulation, and objective assessment of surgical competence and training.


Visualizing Neuroplasticity and Neuron-glia Signaling in Chronic Pain

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Plenary
Speakers: Mike Salter, MD, PhD and Marc Dryer, BA, MSc, MScBMC
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am
CEUS: .05 Biomedical, .05 art
Description: Over the past decade a large body of evidence has accumulated demonstrating the critical roles of neuronal synaptic plasticity and neuron-glia signaling in the pathobiology of chronic pain. The molecular and cellular details of the biochemical mechanisms are being understood in increasing depth and sophistication. However, a major challenge for translating this knowledge to ultimately improve diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain is how to effectively communicate these mechanisms in ways that are scientifically accurate, clear and engaging. Approaches typically used by researchers such as static diagrams or ball-and-stick animations lack detail and are too dull to impart the key concepts to the audience. This presentation will describe and demonstrate 3D visualizations that effectively communicate sophisticated concepts about chronic pain mechanisms. These gripping visualizations have been used effectively with audiences ranging from scientists at international conferences, to undergraduates at universities, to seniors' continuing education. Thus, 3D visualizations are highly engaging tools for knowledge translation to the diversity of audiences and stakeholders needed to attack the pervasive societal problem of chronic pain.


Dr. Michael W. Salter is Associate Chief, Science Strategy, of the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Head of the Program in Neurosciences & Mental Health at SickKids and Professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto. He received his MD at the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from McGill University. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity and Pain, and is the Anne and Max Tanenbaum Chair in Molecular Medicine at SickKids. He has won numerous awards for his work, including an International Research Scholarship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Salter is determining fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal and pathological neuroplasticity. He is developing molecules that target major cell signaling pathways in neurons and in glial cells involved in pain, stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, and schizophrenia.


Marc Dryer is a Senior Lecturer in the Biomedical Communications professional master's degree program in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. His teaching and research is in the area of 3D biomedical visualization and animation. In addition, he is cross-appointed to the Forensic Science faculty at the University of Toronto where he engages in practical research concerning 3D forensic facial reconstruction and the visual communication of this unique type of data to the public.


COFFEE BREAK -- 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Foldit and Games for Scientific Discovery
Plenary
Keynote Speaker:Seth Cooper, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
CEUS: Art : .05 CEUs Biomedical, .05 CEUs art
Description: Foldit is a revolutionary game that has shown it is possible to crowdsource human problem-solving to solve very hard scientific problems. The project is a collaboration between the Center for Game Science and the Baker Biochemistry Lab at the University of Washington. Foldit uses game mechanics and visualizations to introduce the concepts of protein folding and protein design to novices. Through gameplay and the Foldit community, players can be brought to the point where they are able to contribute to novel scientific research. The game allows players to discover the structure of naturally occurring proteins, develop protein folding algorithms, and design entirely new and effective proteins. In this talk, Seth Cooper will discuss the motivation for creating Foldit, the development and design of the game, and the scientific results players have produced. The talk will also cover new directions being explored with Foldit - including integrating and visualizing new forms of data, and interfacing with Microsoft Kinect - as well as games for scientific discovery in general.


Seth Cooper is the Creative Director of the Center for Game Science at the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he earned his PhD. He is interested in using video games to solve difficult real-world problems. He is the Chief Architect and Lead Designer of Foldit, a video game that has allowed hundreds of thousands of players to contribute to biochemical scientific research. He is currently working on games with applications in a variety of fields, from education to software verification. He has also developed game technologies for real-time crowd simulation and character control that have been licensed by game companies.


Business Meeting & Luncheon 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Boxed Lunch
Open to all Members
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
CEUS: none

Person to Person Interviews
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Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 12 noon - 5:30 pm

Techniques Showcase
Concurrent
Presenters: Michael Corrin, Julian Kirk-Elleker, Eddy Xuan, Joyce Hui, Kathryn Chorney, Nicola Wong-Ken, Cynthia Yoon, Peter Leynes, Bob Morreale, Gaël McGill, David Dunston, Rob Garrott
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CEUS: none



Creating Organic 3D Models for Realtime 3D Rendering in the Unity Environment
Michael Corrin


Stereoscopic 3D Production for Biomedical Animation
Julian Kirk-Elleker & Eddy Xuan


A More Painterly Photoshop
Joyce Hui


Graham Johnson and Fabian de Kok-Mercado
ePMV: Molecular Graphics:


Creating Organic Textures in Watercolour and Ink
Kathryn Chorney


Paleontological Illustration
Nicola Wong-Ken


Use of Radiographic Films in Medical Legal Illustrations
Cynthia Yoon


Introduction to Autodesk MatchMover
Peter Leynes P>
Depth of Field, Displacement, and Fresnel: Three essential techniques for medical animation
David Dunston and Rob Garrott


The ABC's of the OMC
Bob Morreale


Molecular Maya
Gaël McGill



Educating Through Simulations and the Business of Game-Based Learning

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Concurrent
Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Freidberg, HBSc, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs business
Description: Over the past 40 years, we've seen the enormous potential game-based learning in professional communities from pilots to surgeons - specifically the ability to teach and assess critical thinking and creativity. But making them work in classrooms in the mainstream education system is a huge challenge. Aside from issues with hardware, network security, curriculum, and available time, the effective use of these tools is bound by traditional assessment techniques and the appropriate motivation and rewards to inspire learners. This talk will focus on the design challenges of building educational games, the gamification of simulation, rewards and drivers, and alternative business models to promote and fund game-based learning. We'll also be looking at the Spongelab Platform as an example of community-driven design and collaborative learning approaches.


Jeremy Freidberg is Partner and Co-founder of Spongelab Interactive. The company employs unique educational strategies using 2D/3D environments and game-based learning, integrated with intelligent feedback and assessment tools for the education market. With expertise in scientific content, programming, animation, and educational design, Spongelab is a leader in the Serious Games and education technology industry, producing both unique Spongelab products and offering custom production for science and education communities world-wide. Through Spongelab, Jeremy has led the development of numerous science communication tools and educational games which have garnered international recognition with awards from the National Science Foundation and The Journal of Science and a United Nation's World Summit award. Jeremy holds a doctorate in molecular genetics and biotechnology from the University of Guelph. He has been involved extensively in both public and private scientific education programs, consults, and designs for a number of textbooks and major interactive educational exhibits, and volunteers extensively in helping promote science education and science careers to high school students. Jeremy has been teaching at the university level since 1998.


Knocking Down Barriers: Developing Real-Time Interactive Experiences With the Unity Game Engine

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Concurrent
Speakers: Nick Klein, MS; Andrew Swift, MS; and Russ Adams
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 2:45 - 3:45 pm
CEUS:.1 CEUs business
Description: Fresh from the front lines of Unity development, Nick, Andrew, and Russ talk about what it takes to create a real-time 3D interactive application with the Unity 3D Game Engine. The iSO-FORM team will discuss crucial steps in the workflow of real-time interactive development, including research, design, high-resolution 3D modeling, optimization and scene construction, programming, development, and testing. The team will focus on some of the pitfalls, opportunities, and project management considerations specific to real-time 3D interactivity. The team will also present a state-of-the-art overview featuring recent developments, features, and tool extensions in the Unity Game Engine, and how they've leveraged these tools in some recent projects.


Nick Klein, Andrew Swift, and Russ Adams are partners at iSO-FORM, LLC, where they design and develop award-winning interactive 3D medical apps, Websites, and stand-alone programs for pharmaceutical, medical device, patient education, and CME/CE educational arenas. iSO-FORM was formed in 2009 and has rapidly gained a reputation for excellence and innovation in the medical communication industry. iSO-FORM is now also developing publicly available apps for the Apple App Store.


COFFEE BREAK -- 3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Immune Attack: Evaluation and Development of a Video Game to Teach Cellular and Molecular Biology

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Concurrent
Speaker: Melanie Stegman, PhD
Location: Delta Chelsea Hotel
Time: 4:15 - 5:15 pm
CEUS: .1 CEUs art
Description: Immune Attack was designed by FAS, University of Southern California, and Brown University to be an engaging and immersive game that teaches the molecular aspects of immunology. Released in 2008 for free download on the Website ImmuneAttack.org, the game has been downloaded over 20,000 times and over 1000 teachers have reached out in their personal search for engaging science material for their students. A multiple choice test was devised for the cellular immunology presented in the game's first two levels. Two years were spent optimizing the test's reliability. Additionally, simple tests were created to evaluate the student's confidence with cellular biology graphics. These tests have shown that Immune Attack players gain significant knowledge and confidence compared to their classmates who play an unrelated learning game. Students enjoy learning about "the inside of the body," gamers and non-gamers are motivated to learn the game mechanics, and players respond with confidence to material that is similar to the game after playing. With this knowledge, two sequel games are now in development. Immune Defense, a 2D game built by Cosmocyte, Inc, will be ready to evaluate in nineth and tenth grade classrooms in August. Immune Attack 2 will be a three-dimensional game that allows players to interact and solve problems with proteins in the cellular and molecular world. It is being developed by a team that includes Graham Johnson, Ionmedical Designs, and 40 active scientists.


Melanie Stegman is the Director of the Learning Technologies Program at the Federation of American Scientists (FAS). She is the guiding force behind the program's focus on the innovative use of technology to present molecular science to students and the public. Her work is funded by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Entertainment Software Association Foundation. Current projects include the evaluation of Immune Attack and the development of its sequel, and the distribution and evaluation of the games. Convinced that cellular biochemistry is the greatest fantasy world and biochemistry is an inherently fun puzzle, Dr. Stegman is making games to teach the average human how cells work. She earned her PhD in molecular genetics, biochemistry, and microbiology at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and did her postdoctoral research at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.


Awards Banquet -- 6:00 pm - 10:00pm
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