Grace Hsu

Biomedical Visualization

Portfolio

Apoptosome Formation
Apoptosome Formation

Binding of cytochrome c to Apaf-1 and recruitment of caspase-9 to the apoptosome.

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Zika Viruses
Zika Viruses
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Healthy Liver
Healthy Liver

Created for the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago.

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Sea Turtle Fetus
Sea Turtle Fetus

An editorial drawing of sea turtle fetus. Intended audiences are children, to raise awareness of sea turtle nesting area conservation.

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CRISPR-Cas9
CRISPR-Cas9

Illustration of the mechanism of DNA binding by Cas9. The significance of this is that by understanding how binding activates Cas9, this could provide a framework for improved genome editing.

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Nature cover mockup
Nature cover mockup

Editorial illustration to accompany a research paper accepted by Nature. The topic was on how the researchers mapped and identified super enhancer associated genes in ependymoma which tumor cells depended on. These enhancer regions revealed possible oncogenes, molecular targets.

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About

Grace Hsu has a strong background in biochemistry and biotechnology to support her professional career as a biomedical visualization specialist. From her graduate studies and research she has learned the vital role visualization has in communication and knowledge transfer to advance science and medicine.                

Grace's interests lie primarily in medical & patient education, storyboarding/concept art and data visualization. From designing effective and engaging user interface for patients to communicating cutting edge discovery to potential investors and pharmaceutical executives, she enjoys translating complex scientific information into something understandable and engaging for the target audience.

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Research

customized mobile application for oncology patients

Title: Designing customized mobile application for patient adherence to oral anticancer medication utilizing user-centered design

Tools: InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere

Audience: Oncology patients being prescribed oral anticancer medication for the first time

Committee: Andrew Boyd, MD, Stephanie Y. Crawford, PhD, and Donna Hughes, MS

Format: Application for Android 10" tablets

Funding: 

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Location of images and animations supporting patient compliance in mobile application design.

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Wireframe
Wireframe

These are black and white pages without any graphic design elements. They provide the functionality information on each page. They show what interactivity, navigation buttons, images or videos, and text boxes would be included in the modules.

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Mockup of animation screen
Mockup of animation screen

Educational animations on oral anti-cancer drugs that patients would see.

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Background & Significance:

    Oral anticancer medications (OAMs), a convenient form of oncology therapy, places greater responsibility on patient self-care at home. Adherence is a significant challenge for many patients in this treatment paradigm and estimates run as low as 16%-60%. Adherence to OAMs positively correlates with clinical outcome. These complex OAM regimens can be confusing and non-adherence can lead to accelerated disease progression, especially in low literacy patients.
    Clinical researchers continue to look at the use of eHealth applications for patient education and treatment compliance. This research builds upon eHealth technology to create an interactive tool supporting OAM compliance and accommodating multiple learning styles. Pictures and animations have shown to help patients retain complex medical instructions and was utilized to communicate complex medical information. User Centered Design was implemented by consulting patients at an early stage of development to ensure this tool is customized for their engagement.

    This research addressed an underserved population, creating a customized, patient-centered mobile application designed to empower patients to manage their OAMs effectively and become an active team member of the treatment team. This research seeks to improve quality of clinical care by helping to facilitate better patient-clinician communications. This project demonstrated how as biomedical visualization specialists, we may not be front line clinicians helping the patients, however we do have the ability to improve clinic care and patient outcomes.

 

Future directions:

    The application is coded to be deployed on Android tablets. The application is designed to be hosted on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA)-compliant servers allowing tablets to access the patient’s electronic health record and generate personalized content. Phase II trial will be conducted at UIH Oncology Center to evaluate this education tool and how it will contribute to patients' adherence to their oral anticancer medication.