An Informative Video on Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Emma's project is a scientific video animation discussing the causes and complications of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vEDS), also known as type IV of EDS. vEDS typically affects the skin, joints, valves, and arteries due to a great loss in quantity and quality of collagen. Her video explains how certain mutations in the DNA affect the collagen protein’s formation and structure. It then describes the mutation’s impact on the development of the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal (MSK) system. Each animation is designed to make the explanations as comprehensible as possible. The goal of Emma's video is to boil down complex pathology so that newly diagnosed patients with vEDS can have a better grasp of the disease.
Emma is a 16 year-old high schooler from Larkspur, CA.
I really enjoyed working on my research project with Polygence and my mentor, Omar. I was able to combine three interests of mine, the cardiovascular system, scoliosis, and video animation! Thanks to Omar, I learned how to cite and communicate my findings. I was able to dive deeper into areas of biology that I haven’t yet learned at school. Polygence was an overall amazing educational experience!