Dyslexia awareness bracelet

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

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“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 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

Brain-eating amoeba 

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! 

“Tortured”

Here is the second piece I presented at the Women in Bio SciArt event and the story behind it. Continue Reading

Women in Bio SciArt event praise keeps rolling in…

Here is a summary of the SciArt event that was published in Women in Bio newsletter. Continue Reading

Stream of consciousness 

I have been reading a lot about finding your niche as an artist and being successful without feeling like you are “selling out”.   In both art and science there is a fine line between being innovative and retaining your character.  Where do you draw the line between expanding your horizons and selling your soul?

Daily Prompt:  Dignify 

“Branching Out”

Here is the first piece I presented at the Women in Bio SciArt event and the story behind it. Continue Reading