2019 AMI Online Salon

Novel HIV Vaccine Research and Development

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Lisa Qiu

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Vaughan,Canada

  • Client: Dr. Bebhinn Treanor, Dr. Jean-Philippe Julien, Robert Reinhard

  • Medium/software used: Autodesk Maya, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Final presentation format: Animation video for web

  • Primary Audience: General audience, specifically those associated with the HIV community

Project Description

To this day, the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to affect the lives of millions making it a notable epidemiological issue. Despite research efforts over the last several decades, the scientific community has yet to come up with a cure: an HIV vaccine that experts believe is the potential key to disease eradication. Fortunately, recent advancements in vaccine design that combine nanoscience and immunological principles, show great promise. However, the communication and knowledge gap with those in the community who are affected by and/or invested in HIV research has perpetuated an atmosphere of distrust and hopelessness. This animation was created to mitigate the issue by communicating the challenges, importance and current state of HIV vaccine research to this particular general audience group. The animation aims to educate the viewer on many complex concepts by utilizing a minimalist style and colour palette to direct attention to key molecular and cellular players.