Anatomy Face Painting at the Dental School


Earlier on in the year our medical artist, Annie Campbell, joined her colleagues at the University of Dundee School of Dentistry to participate in an Anatomy Face Painting session. There Annie joined the Dental School’s medical artist, Emily McDougall, and their lecturers, Dr Andrew Mason and Dr. John Radford.

Check out the video created by our school’s marketing team:

Seems like such a fun experience. Let’s hope we do something similar at the Medical School!

Thanks for watching.

The TILT team participate in the Dundee Design Festival


It has been an exciting month and we’re pleased to say that a few members of our TILT team were participants in the Dundee Design Festival.

The group consisted of a great team that worked together to help a 3rd year medical student produce fantastic educational video resources about the anatomy and pathologies of the larynx. They then showcased their process as part a talk “Under the Digital Skin

Gray’s Anatomy is one of the most influential illustrated books in the world. For over 150 years and 41 editions it has been the go-to guide for those wanting to glimpse inside the human body. But with the huge strides in digital animation and 3D modeling software, how can designers better communicate what lies under the skin? Hear how a team of surgeons, clinicians, educators and medical artists are working together to produce jaw-dropping images to reveal the human anatomy pixel by pixel.

Doctor as a Digital Teacher

This work was created as part of an innovative Student Selected Component (SSC) available in third year: ‘Doctor as Digital Teacher’–created by Natalie Lafferty. This 4-week module sees learners attend face-to-face teaching sessions and engage in online learning activities, before ultimately developing a resource that can be used in the undergraduate medical curriculum.

We think it’s a great module as it trains our future doctors to become effective educators in an increasingly digital world. Here’s what Zoe had to say about it:

“I chose ‘Doctor as Digital Teacher’ mainly because once you enter medical school your options for creativity and art really are very limited,” said Zoe.

“I really wanted to break the norm and create something a bit different that students can use in their studies. I loved the idea of getting involved in design and colour and editing, and applying this to the subjects I was learning.”

Now take a look at the final products. We think it’s pretty great!



About the team

Zoe Kirkham-Mowbray
Undergraduate Medical Student

Natalie Lafferty
Head of the Centre of Technology and Innovation in Learning

Annie Campbell
Medical Artist & Educational Resource Developer

Mr Rodney Mountain
ENT Consultant at Ninewells Hospital and honorary senior lecturer


See more projects like this

If you want to see more medical animation projects like this then visit our TILT Vimeo and Sketchfab Pages.

TILT Vimeo

TILT Sketchfab

Stock image sites for Health & Medicine

List of health related stock image sites with attribution use only or public domain images

[Always remember to double check the usage rights before using!]

Before you start your search, please make sure you understand creative commons licensing and how to use them:

YouTube video copyright Information, creative commons licence information, advice and help for YouTube video creators and video uploaders in this short, easy to understand film. Creative Commons licences explained.

By Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand with support from InternetNZ

We also highly recommend you follow these attribution guidelines:

National Cancer Institute Search
[note: some of the images (mainly illustrations) are copyrighted so make sure you double check usage]

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, photography of health professionals and patients in research and clinical environments

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Search

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, infographics, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments, patient photography, medical/cellular imaging

National Eye Institute

Their flickr account:

Image library includes: illustrations, clinical photography, infographics, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Human Genome Research Institute

Image library includes: Micro-imaging, illustrations, animals, plants, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Institute of Arthritic and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Image Gallary

Image library includes: illustrations (lots!), photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Image library includes: illustrations, medical/cellular imaging, photography of health professionals in research and clinical environments, some patient photography

National Institute of Mental Health

Image library includes: videos, audio, illustrations, medical/cellular imaging

National Insitute of General Medical Services

Image library includes: medical/cellular imaging, photos, videos

U.S. National Library of Medicine

Image library includes: lots of old health PSAs and advertisements.

Creative commons search

Flickr Creative commons search



Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) award for our medical artwork

Illustration of head anatomy

I’m super excited to announce that one of our illustration series has won a Silver IMI award in last year’s Manchester conference. View some of the other entries here.

I was not expecting such a positive response and support from my colleagues and the school. I did a small interview that’s available for you to read on the University of Dundee Medical School website.


In brief I’m happy to say that all the digital illustrations created, such as the head series above, are released on a creative commons license that allows for free educational use. We want to encourage others to use our resources too. Check them out:



TILT has a new Sketchfab account

Tilt_Sketchfab_ScreenshotWe’re happy to say that TILT is now a part of the Sketchfab community–a place where our 3D models can be interacted with.

If you have a Sketchfab account, feel free to follow us to keep up to date with our published models. Don’t worry if you don’t have an account, you can still access our content, similar to the one below!

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
by University of Dundee School of Medicine
on Sketchfab

Interactive 3D Ear Model Using Sketchfab

I’m very excited to share with you something that I’ve been working on during the winter months here at TILT, an interactive 3D model of the anatomy of the inner ear.

This interactive is part of a larger project that includes a series of illustrations depicting the anatomy of the ear. Stay tuned for those images on the blog in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, go on, have a click and a spin around: 

Anatomy of the Inner Ear
by University of Dundee School of Medicine
on Sketchfab


About this model

Certain aspects of this model were created from segmented MRI data*, making this a highly accurate representation of the tympanic membrane, facial nerve, ossicles and vestibular system.

This work “Anatomy of the Inner Ear”, is a derivative of “3D Ear” by W. Robert J. Funnell, PhD; Sam Daniel, MD, CM; and Daren Nicolson, MD, CM at McGill University, used under CC BY-NC-SA 1.0. “Anatomy of the Inner Ear” is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

You are free to copy, reuse and remix this for non-commercial purposes but we ask that you acknowledge the University of Dundee as well as publish any remixed work under the same share-alike license as the original authors.

*The vestibulocochlear nerve was not derived from MRI data, however heavily referenced.

You can locate the segmented MRI data from the following:

The original MRI dataset can be found in the following location:


Embed it onto your website

You can embed the above interactive onto your website as well. Follow this link to our TILT Sketchfab account and click on the Share button. To embed, simply click on </> GET EMBED CODE then just copy and paste it into your code or wordpress site.


Follow us on Sketchfab

That’s right we now have a TILT account on Sketchfab. Come connect with us, it’s great for us to see what projects you are doing as well.

Thanks for looking!

Our New TILT Intern: Marissa Krebs, MSc Medical Art

Photo of medical artist Marissa Krebs

We are super excited to introduce to you our newest addition to the TILT team, fellow medical artist Marissa Krebs.

Marissa hails from the land across the pond, good old U.S of A and has spent the last year studying for her Master’s in Medical Art at the University of Dundee. For the last couple of months Marissa has been working with us at TILT to produce some really cool Neuroanatomy graphics in the style of the London Underground Subway Map.

The brain child for this project was by one of our 4th year medical students, Alan Muhyaldeen. We’re pretty stoked that he came to us with this idea and incredibly happy with the collaborative effort of both Marissa and Alan. 

Check out the results of Marissa’s awesome visual work below:

Medical Illustration of the spinal nerves created in the style of the London Subway Map

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Spinal Nerve Routes” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

medical illustration of descending neural tracts created in the style of the London Underground subway map by medical artist Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Descending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

London Underground Ascending Neural Tracts Medical Illustration by Marissa Krebs

Click the image to see a larger view! Click the image to see a larger view! Image attribution: “Ascending Neural Tracts” by Marissa Krebs for the University of Dundee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Fancy using these images for your teaching purposes? Feel free to download them! Be sure to add the appropriate attribution in your lectures. The image attributions have been added underneath each picture, just copy and paste!

Thanks to Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall for lending us their expertise in reviewing this content. A special thanks to Natalie Lafferty to bringing this project to life!


Marissa Krebs
Medical illustrator, researcher, copy writer and project manager
Alan Muhyaldeen
Project sponsor, content reviewer and copy writer
4th year medical student, Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Dr. Paul Felts and Dr. Seaneen McDougall
Content experts and reviewers
Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee
Annie Campbell
Project manager
Medical Artist and Educational Resource Developer, Technology & Innovation Learning Team (TILT), Undergraduate School of Medicine, University of Dundee
Natalie Lafferty
Medical student supervisor
Head Centre of Technology & Innovation in Learning (CTIL), University of Dundee

SEMINAR: Changing libraries: Using mapping to help manage workplace change

Thursday 7th of May 2015 – from 16:00 to 17:00 in the EduZone

Presenter: Andrew Whitworth, School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester

This presentation is based around a project which took place from 2013-15 at two academic libraries, both of which were facing significant changes (a change of director at one, a merger of four campuses at the other). The project studied and helped managed these changes by looking at them from the bottom-up, that is, how change was generated by staff acting together as members of communities of practice (Wenger 1998), drawing on and shaping a range of informational resources as they do so: what Lloyd (2010) calls the ‘information landscape’. Social network and concept mapping techniques were used to help the workplace communities learn about and manage the changes they faced. These maps served as records of the changing landscape over the course of the project and also revealed interesting details about how these communities of practice engaged in dialogue, managed authority and made collective judgments about information.

We would be grateful if you could confirm attendance ( or

Refreshments will be provided.


Start date: August 2014

Status: Ongoing

The Roam project will provide a virtual hospital for trainee orientation and introduction to wards at Dundee Medical School’s Ninewells base.