ARC Australian Laureate Fellow Professor Jamie Rossjohn and colleagues have commenced helping people with low or no vision to experience the fruits of the latest infection and immunity research through a special Sensory Scientific Exhibition and Discovery Day, held at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University.

Timed to coincide with Macula Month in May 2018, and with the full support of Vision Australia, researchers developed an innovative program targeted at those who have low vision or are blind, complete with tactile 3D models, 2D graphic displays, olfactory displays, large print and braille formats.

Some of the displays included 3D printed models of immune cells, sounds which were synchronised to live videos of immune cells, and even a section which featured ‘smells from a microbiology lab’. All the models were accompanied by descriptions in both large text and braille.

Through his ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship project, Professor Rossjohn is using multidisciplinary approaches empowered by technological innovations to understand how immune reaction events enable immunity. The event highlighted the latest breakthroughs in immunology research, including the latest advances in atomic and molecular imaging.

This is an outstanding example of how ARC Australian Laureate Fellows exemplify innovative research leadership, and are forging links with the wider community, as well as undertaking ground-breaking internationally competitive research.

Image: Sensory Scientific Showcase.
Image credit: Hynesite Photography.