CONGRATULATIONS!!!  go out to our Director of Biomedical Content and Certified Medical Illustrator Sarah Samaroo for receiving the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Association of Medical Illustrators at the annual conference recently held in Boston.


The award, in the category of simulators/prosthetics/sculptural products, was presented for a series of kidneys Sarah created for Otsuka.

This series of realistic anatomical models shows the progression of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease over time. The models were digitally sculpted using scans of kidneys for cyst size, density, and placement, and photographs of polycystic kidneys for reference. The kidneys were also designed to be the average size, volume, and weight per stage. The kidneys were displayed at conferences in the U.S, Canada, and Europe to visually and physically demonstrate the impact of ADPKD to healthcare professionals, prior to the launch of Otsuka’s drug, which would be the first drug treatment to slow kidney function decline in adults at risk of rapidly progressing autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

The detail and realism of these models is breathtaking. Once again we applaud the beautiful work Sarah brings to One World every day! Congrats on a job well done!