Earlier this year, I wrote about getting involved in creating pieces of art to raise awareness of neurological conditions. I have made one for epilepsy and acute central nervous system injury. More recently I was contacted by a former colleague, who asked me to create a jewelry piece to portray dyslexia. Continue Reading
Today I would like to tell you story behind one of my very first pieces of art that I made when starting NeuroBead.
During my scientific career, I have always been fascinated by the complexity of human brain architecture, and the ability of neurons to make the right connections in this labyrinth. When a neuronal cell develops, it extends a delicate membrane, called a growth cone, to probe its surrounding environment. The growth cone can sense positive and negative signals, resulting in attraction and repulsion to a certain path. When a positive signal is present, the growth cone begins to slowly turn in its direction, to find the way towards its target. Continue Reading
We all have our own, personal ways of dealing with stressful situations that life may throw at us. Some can be dangerous and self-destructive, whereas others can bring a sense of peace and balance. Ever since early childhood, I have had a penchant for expressing my feelings through artwork. My parents’ apartment is still covered with all of the mixed-media projects I have done. Back then it was the main way I could channel my introversion into something productive and beautiful. Of course, back then I didn’t even know that the term “introvert” existed. Continue Reading
Last month I wrote a post about an event I organized with Women in Bio called “The Intersection of Art and Science”. There I moderated a panel of female artists who use scientific concepts as inspiration for their artwork. On top of organizing a panel, we also decided to do something different and actually set up a small exhibit of the panelists’ art pieces. We set up several easels on a table in a conference room and WHALA! It was a huge hit! Continue Reading