"Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease," by Stacy Jannis and her team at Jannis Productions, Silver Spring, Md.
In a brain riddled with Alzheimer's disease, protein tangles grow and connections between nerve cells shrivel. This video animates this microscopic damage to explain how the disease starts. The team from Jannis Productions produced the movie for the National Institute on Aging to depict scientists' most current understanding of what happens inside cells during the disease.
This is one of two images that won Honorable Mention in the Non-Interactive Media (Screen Shots) category of the 2009 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge (SciVis) competition, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the journal Science. The competition is held each year to celebrate the grand tradition of science visualization and to encourage its continued growth. The spirit of the competition is to communicate science, engineering and technology for education and journalistic purposes.
Credit: Stacy Jannis, William Dempsey and Rebekah Fredenburg; Jannis Productions