2021 AMI Online Salon

Gut-Brain Connection in Parkinson’s Disease

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Susie Yun
  • Client:Faculty Advisor: David Rini; Thesis Preceptors: Ted Dawson and Valina Dawson
  • Copyright: Susie Yun, 2021
  • Medium/software used:Cinema 4D, ZBrush, OctaneRender, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format:Animation for websites and presentations
  • Primary Audience:Parkinson’s disease patients and lay public

Project Description

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that is well-known for its distinctive motor symptoms. On the other hand, its non-motor symptoms, especially digestive problems, are often overlooked despite their great significance in possibly indicating the early stages of PD. This narrative 3D animation aims to explain the gut-brain connection in PD and promote public awareness of the early signs of PD. First, the viewer is introduced to the background of PD and the anatomy of the gut-brain axis with simple, didactic visuals. Then, the viewer is gradually drawn deeper into the cellular and molecular storytelling with more intricate visuals. The animation concludes the story by suggesting future directions in treating PD by targeting the gut instead of the brain. The use of plain language as well as immersive sound effects establishes an engaging educational video that is easy to understand by the lay audience.