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
After hurricane Irma, Florida might have a greater risk of spreading infection. More specifically, brain-eating amoebas are more likely to thrive in the stagnant water.
These microbes can enter the body through the nose and reach the brain within a few days. There, they begin their feast, which in most cases is fatal.
This work in progress depicts an entry through which the parasite ingests its food – brain tissue. The piece will evolve to include other elements of this tragic event. Stay tuned!
One of the people attending the SciArt exhibit I organized with Women in Bio (WIB) was the executive vice president of corporate communications from my former employer. She has been a great colleague, who actually aided in me joining the wonderful community of WIB in the first place. After attending the event, she wrote up an article about the event and posted it on the company’s internal website. It turned out to be a big hit! Continue Reading