Bordetella pertussis and Whooping Cough

This animation describes the process of infection of the airways by Bordetella pertussis, a bacterium which causes whooping cough. It specifically details how the bacterium damages ciliated airway cells, impairing normal respiratory function, leading to the severe coughing fits characteristic of whooping cough. Vaccination is vital to protect against this highly contagious disease, not only for ourselves, but also to protect those who cannot tolerate vaccination.
Thank you to Sonya Pemberton, Creative Director of Genepool Productions for use of whooping cough footage from the documentary 'Jabbed- love, fear and vaccines'. For more information on 'Jabbed- love, fear and vaccines' please visit www.genepoolproductions.com
This animation was created for the Gene Technology Access Centre, Melbourne, Australia www.gtac.edu.au

  • Dr Maja Divjak, Biomedical Animator
    Director
    Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Receptor and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Dr Maja Divjak
    Writer
    Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Receptor and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Gene Technology Access Centre
    Producer
    The Dynamic Cell, Insulin, ADH
  • Jacinta Duncan
    Education Design
    The Dynamic Cell, Insulin, ADH
  • Chris Szwed
    Education Design
    The Dynamic Cell, Insulin, ADH
  • Adam Hunt
    Sound Design
    Inflammation and Type 2 Diabetes, Insulin Receptor
  • Ryan Granger
    Sound Design
  • Sonya Pemberton, Director
    Live Action Footage
    Jabbed- Love, Fear and Vaccines; Twisting the Dragon's Tail; Vaccines- Calling the Shots
  • Jo Wright, Line Producer
    Live Action Footage
    Jabbed- Love, Fear and Vaccines; Twisting the Dragon's Tail; Vaccines- Calling the Shots
  • Joumana, Billy and Osman Chandab, key cast
    Live Action Footage
  • Project Type:
    Animation
  • Genres:
    Science, Medical Research, Biomedical Animation, Science Animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 6, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 720p
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • BioImages 2017

    United States
    Warren Sturgis Motion Media Award
  • BioImages 2017

    United States
    Citation of Merit, Motion Media: Video
  • Doctors without Borders Film Festival 2016

    Award of Excellence for SFX Animation
  • Doctors without Borders Film Festival 2016

    Award of Exceptional Merit for Environmental/Health PSA and Viewer Impact: Content/Message Delivery
  • Raw Science Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 10, 2016
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Symposium on Advances in Pertusssis Immunisation
    Bangkok
    Thailand
    January 13, 2017
    Asian Premiere
Director Biography - Dr Maja Divjak, Biomedical Animator

Dr Maja Divjak is a biomedical animator who recently completed a mentorship with world-renowned biomedical animator Drew Berry, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. The position was part of the VIZBIplus project, which aimed to train three new animators to communicate cutting edge research at their host institutions, using visually stunning and engaging 3d animation. After completing her PhD in the molecular biology of asthma, Maja spent quite some time in scientific sales, but was keen to bring together her love of art and science in some shape or form. This led to studies in 3d Animation at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Thereafter, she developed her skills on personal animation projects and stills for life sciences company Promega Corporation. In 2011, she won the 60 Second Science Competition, Australian Open Division for an animation detailing the immune response in asthma. Her first animation for the VIZBIplus project detailed how inflammation causes type 2 diabetes, via a unique structure known as the ‘inflammasome’. This animation was presented at the 2014 Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas at the event ‘Making Science Beautiful’. She has also created a companion piece focusing on the insulin receptor structure and what might be happening in insulin resistance. She is currently resident Science Animator at the Gene Technology Access Centre, and has recently completed an animation about whooping cough. This animation will be shown at the 2016 Vivid Festival at the event ‘VizbiPlus - Visualising the Future of Biomedicine’.

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Director Statement

I work at the interface of art and science, using animation for the purposes of scientific education and illustration of biological processes. Many people are frightened of science, both the ideas and the language. I wish to remove this fear by making science accessible, through the use of visual, 3d representations, rather than abstract concepts. The ultimate aim of my animations is to help people appreciate the beauty and drama going on in their own bodies at any given moment.