Wk8 - Vision Lab on Campus

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Re: Wk8 - Vision Lab on Campus

Post by juliacurtis » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:39 pm

For the final project I will be combining two departments of research at UCLA. Research being doing at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Molecular Visualization Laboratory the Department of Biological Chemistry has as a resource.

In the cancer molecular imaging program area at the Jonsson Center, Direct Dr. Anna Wu, and Assistant Direct Dr. Johannes Czernin, "[seek] to use molecular imaging to study cancer in living organisms, first in laboratory models and ultimately, in people. Molecular imaging allows non-invasive visualization of key molecules, processes, and events and allows a window into the changes that occur when cancer develops." (1)

Their diverse interests range form identifying irregularities and how ti apply new developments throughout the process of diagnosing and treating cancer, to developing new molecular imaging techniques.

"The Molecular Visualization Laboratory (MVL) is used for research and teaching purposes. It is designed for viewing digital representations of complex molecular structures in a stereo (3-D) environment."(2)

A link to their website provides more information as well as several youtube videos surrounding the topic:

[Source (1)]

http://www.biolchem.ucla.edu/Resources_ ... ratory.htm
[Source (2)]

Molecular Imaging Technology at UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... XaPct38fdw

Patient Advocacy Session: Molecular Imaging and Heart Disease
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... r-Ga_WSgg4

Molecular Imaging Coming of Age with New Strategies in Both PET and MRI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... I_thWGSIhA

Often times, people fighting a deathly disease such as cancer, have diminished chances of winning the battle because they weren't diagnosed early enough in the process. Clearly this is a very important area that is in need of improved molecular imaging abilities. My intention with this project will be to take work going on at the Molecular Visualization Laboratory and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, and explore the principles and areas of applicability for molecular imaging, then to propose an art museum exhibit that will raise awareness and knowledge of research. In other words, I will be delving into the problems causing the need for more research, research like the above two departments at UCLA, and creating a better understanding and exposure to the principles they deal with. Ultimately I would like my exhibit to raise awareness and create a connection between the public and the medical research community.

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Re: Wk8 - Vision Lab on Campus

Post by samibohn » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:24 pm

Collaboration with Amber O'Rourke.

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Re: Wk8 - Vision Lab on Campus

Post by aimeejenkins » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:35 pm

Darcey Lachtmen and I are working on this project together. here is our lab of interest:

Many modern physical structures are affected by natural elements like gravity, temperature, aging and pressure. Professors at University of Southern California and University of California, Santa Barbara have been working on different methods to correct the damage to these structures.

USC Professor Philip Lubin “a method that actively and corrects imperfection in a structure that is designed to be precisely aligned.” The technology is called AMPS, standing for Adaptive Morphable Precision Structures system. It optimizes performance of structures such as buildings, telescopes and satellites by correcting the imperfections that occur from the elements previously mentioned. By using AMPS, engineers do not have to take extra design efforts to account for the inevitable decay of their products because they can count on a system that will fix the imperfections which happen over time. The system can work from as far as 100 meters, and efforts are being put forth to extend that distance to a kilometer and maybe even further.

We are relating this technology to art through the idea of symmetry in science, art technology. Symmetry and the asymmetrical guide our understanding of science as well as photography. We hope to connect the search for lack of symmetry, AMPS technology and photography into one cohesive project: photographing and recording asymmetry in machines in order to aid in the efforts put forth by the AMPS system.

We invision photography being used in the future to see what errors exist in machines and moveable structures, and using the AMPS technology to correct those errors. We see a future of an aircraft flying over a metropolis and spotting faulty structures and using the AMPS system to corrrect the errors before irreparable damage is done. In this way, we combine art, science, technology and city planning into one effort for structural symmetry.

http://www.me.ucsb.edu/projects/sites/m ... team12.pdf (example of an adaptive structure)

http://www.deepspace.ucsb.edu/people/fa ... esearchers

http://techtransfer.universityofcalifor ... 22163.html

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