“All Wrapped Up”

Here is the long promised piece I made last year.  It is based on a confocal microscopy image that I took at my previous job. All Wrapped Up, 2017 Just like a wire, neurons use electrical signals to convey information. And similarly to wires, neurons require outer insulation for efficient communication. This insulation is provided... Continue Reading →

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Epilepsy awareness 

Experiencing an epileptic seizure can be quite scary. It comes as a wave of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms. These symptoms can range from feeling lightly nauseous and unsteady, to exhibiting uncontrollable jerking movements and losing consciousness. It can be debilitating, not only at the... Continue Reading →

Role of art in science, education and medicine

For centuries art has been used as a universal method of communication.  Art can portray outer and inner beauty, emotional state, or a fleeting feeling.  It can attract a viewer's attention to the big picture by portraying an overarching message, or a tiny detail emphasizing a very personal experience.  Here I will describe how scientifically... Continue Reading →

Top 10 Tuesday: Mental Health

This is a great topic for raising awareness in the fields of neurology and psychiatry.

Fox on an Island

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I work in mental health as well as have mental health issues of my own, and have found reading books about mental health to be illuminating and at times quite reassuring when it comes to my own anxiety and depression. As someone who works in the field of mental health I also think it is extremely important for people to talk about it! I feel like we are moving beyond the days when admitting you were depressed was shameful and embarrassing, but there is still a lot of stigma left to overcome. In this weeks top 10 I’ve got some novels about depressed characters, a couple of fictionalized experiences by women who were treated in mental health facilities, a few memoirs, and some poetry and writing by women who themselves were ill and ultimately committed suicide. It sounds like a downer but there are some really powerful and beautifully written…

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One percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration 

Thomas Edison's quote "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration" is quite famous and is often used to inspire people to work hard.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Indeed, everyone who want to achieve their goals should strive to overcome whatever challenges life throws at them.  But the interesting question is -... Continue Reading →

“Guidance” – where do you go from here?

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... Continue Reading →

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