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What does a Brain Injury Look Like?: An Animated Video

Hot off the (virtual) press! A young Master's student in Biomedical Communcations, Paul Kelly, has created a super animation of what happens during brain injury as part of his Master's thesis.

What makes this video special is that he has the animations so you get a sense of what is going inside the skull when the brain is doing all the bouncing around, but he also zooms in and out from the whole brain to parts to neurons (brain cells) to even smaller internal parts of neurons called microtubules.

So when you see pictures of someone falling off their bike without a helmet or heading a soccer ball or getting head-checked in hockey (you don't DO any of those things, do you?? ;-), imagine what's going on inside their skull and re-play for yourself the sound of microtubules snapping (gives me the heebie-jeebies every time I hear it!)

Concussions - Seeing the Invisible Injury from Paul F Kelly on Vimeo.


(If your internet connection isn't very fast or if you don't see movement of the brain when Paul talks about it in the video, let it load first or play through and then play with it -- that will get rid of the dealys that prevent you seeing as it was meant to be seen!)

Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 12:49 by Registered CommenterDr Karen in , | Comments8 Comments | References1 Reference

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*teeth gritting*

The sound effects were really graphic ... but very effective. I found the video pretty basic but a good overview of the axonal structures and communication.

I always grimace whenever I see boxing, or a fall or anything like that, now I just have an even more graphic visual to acompany the concern already present...Thanks ;0p

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Rogers Nannarone

Hi Dr Karen,

This sounds interesting but the website is blocked.
(Restricted website blocked http://vimeo.com)

Thank you,

January 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterBernadette Gapuz


Just found your comment waiting for approval -- sorry!

The video plays fine in my firefox browser. You may need to try from another computer or try a different browser -- I know sometimes Vimeo won't play in my Firefox, but is fine in Explorer.

He has some new videos there now too -- very cool stuff.

February 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterSite Admin


March 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterFadiya Shaideen


March 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterDomenica Florio

i am unable to see video. It says its private

July 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterTiffani Brooks


Try this one:

He seems to have reorganised his portfolio.

July 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterDr Karen

Brain injuries are extremely harmful and therefore we should be more careful regarding it and always try to avoid these types of injuries. In the above animation video we can know about the different injuries related to brain. The above information is extremely helpful and informative.

September 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Adams

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