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Can Stepping Inside a Virtual Cancer Cell Improve Collaboration?

Researchers working within the University of New South Wales‘ (UNSW) Journey to the Centre of the Cell project have made great strides in 3D renderings that will allow scientists to virtually “walk-through” blood vessels and cells in order to foster a deeper understanding of how certain diseases manifest, as well as how novel therapies interact at the cellular level.

Professor Maria Kavallaris, BAppSc UTS, PhD, a well-known cancer biology researcher and nanomedicine expert, along with Associate Professor John McGhee, MSc, PhD, of UNSW’s Design Centre are collaborating on this project under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology (CBNS) program.

In phase 1 of this research, individuals were able to explore the inner workings of a cell. Now, in phase 2, multiple users are logging into the VR system simultaneously, which has been igniting scientific conversations between physicians and opening new avenues for collaboration.

Click here to read more about this VR technology on UNSW’s News Room.