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AUDIENCE  Medical and biology students
FORMAT  Online 3D animation
MEDIA  Autodesk Maya / Adobe AfterEffects / Adobe Premiere Pro / Adobe Audition

Billions of cells die in your body every day as they partake in a tightly orchestrated process known as apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Although the death of old, diseased or superfluous cells keeps us alive and functioning by allowing new cells to replace them, abnormalities of too little or too much apoptosis are also involved in numerous pathologies, such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Today, apoptosis and the complex pathways that control it are the subjects of an expanding field of research, as the role of apoptotic disorders in disease is increasingly recognized.

The biomedical animation “What is apoptosis?” is a bespoke production commissioned for Dr Richard Oparka’s pathology module at the University of Dundee School of Medicine. It communicates to first-year students a concise introductory overview of apoptotic processes and their clinical relevance.


What the students said:

“I just loved it, I wish there were more videos that explain other topics also.”

“I find this an extremely useful form of learning to coincide with the lecture material where it can often be hard to place the role of each stage within a process like Cell Apoptosis.”

“I feel this will be useful for any complicated processes that students (especially undergraduates) may not understand without it being visualised.”





Read all about the animation process in Breaking down apoptosis: animating programmed cell death in 3D for a pathology curriculum (download Author PDF). Published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine,

Animation stills


These flipbooks are based on the animation. Here's an article about them!