Eva Mae Natividad had the unique opportunity to present the research of Samantha (Olson) Clemens at the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators. This talk, entitled "Visualizing Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: Animation's Role on Improving Preoperative Anxiety and Understanding," investigated animation as a form of patient education. Eva Mae and Samantha worked collaboratively with two other graduate students, Melanie Conrad and Sam Bond, to produce four different animations for the UIC Craniofacial Center.
Faces of BVIS is a feature that spotlights second-year students in the UIC Biomedical Visualization program. Eva Mae Natividad is featured as this week's Face of BVIS. Read her interview on the UIC BVIS blog and learn more about who she is and why she chose to study medical illustration at UIC!
The UIC Biomedical Visualization craniofacial animation research team successfully presented their findings at the annual American Cleft Palate - Craniofacial Association. Eva Mae Natividad, Sam Bond, Melanie Conrad, and Samantha Olson researched different aspects of visualization and communication with the goal to improve understanding, increase engagement, promote a greater degree of autonomy, and ease anxiety of patients and parents alike after viewing the animations. Access all projects here: craniofacialbvis.wix.com/home
Eva Mae Natividad received this honorable award in acknowledgment of her project research entitled, Multicultural Considerations to Promote Visual Communication in Cleft Lip Animations for Pediatric Patient and Caregiver Education. The Vesalius Trust scholarship program was established to recognize and support the work of outstanding students in biocommunication.
The research team's abstract to discuss a joint project entitled, "Animation and Interactive Media's Education and Emotional Impact on Children with cleft and their Caregivers" has been accepted to be presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting & Pre-Conference Symposia of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in April next year! This meeting will be held April 4 - 9, 2016 at the Downtown Atlanta Hilton hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Eva Mae will be co-presenting her research with the research of her colleagues Sam Bond, Melanie Conrad, and Samantha Olson. Each of their research revolves around different aspects of visualizing cleft care for patients and their families.