TransPLANTS: An Animated Guide to Renal Transplantation
Implementing a 2D Patient Education Animation for
Renal Transplant Candidates to Inspire Medication Adherence

As part of my Master's Research Project in the Biomedical Communications Program at the University of Toronto, I created a 2D patient education animation detailing the importance of immunosuppressant adherence following renal transplantation, called transPLANTS.

The animation focuses on using the analogy of a red flower garden and a yellow flower to represent the human body and a donated kidney. The way weeds and weedkiller interact with this garden represent infections and the immune system response. With this analogy, the visuals communicate the fundamental concepts of how immunosuppressive medications alter the immune system in order to change the often classic and traditional language of militaristic analogies surrounding transplantation.

In September 2017, the Canadian Society of Transplantation and Astellas Pharmaceuticals recognized TransPLANTS as a Top 3 National Finalist in the Transformative Thinking in Transplantation Competition. transPLANTS was honoured with $25 000 in additional funding for continued development and implementation into renal transplant centres across Canada.

transPLANTS is currently being tested as part of a research study within St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton Kidney Transplant Program.

Select screenshots from TransPLANTS, demonstrating the human body (red flowers), the donated kidney (yellow flower), infections (dandelion), and the immune system response (weedkiller).
Master's Research Thesis

The distribution and preservation of carbon isotope biosignatures in microbialite carbonate was investigated as part of the Pavilion Lake Research Project with NASA Ames in June 2014.

Using Isotope-Ratio Mass Spectrometry, carbon-13 abundance in microbialite carbonate was investigated on microbialite surfaces from three different sites at Pavilion Lake at three different depths. In addition, interior samples approximately 4 cm directly beneath the microbialite surface were collected and measured.

3D models of microbialite structures were also created using stereo-photogrammetry, and 3D printed in order to preserve structural integrity and illustrate depth-dependent morphology. 

Research findings were published as a Master's Research Thesis,

available here.
Research findings are also currently being prepared for submission.

Images of microbialite structures from Pavilion Lake; creating 3D printed structures of microbialites from different depths within Pavilion Lake. My thesis project looked at measuring isotopic values while also creating 3D models of microbialites.

© 2018 by Mark Belan.