Monthly Archives: July 2012

Part II: Exploring photography in art and in science

Guest Post by Melanie King When visiting the Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit, I was intrigued by the methods used to preserve a brain specimen. The tissue is “fixed” using specific chemicals, and then further procedures are undertaken to enable storage for

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MRI brain scans resonate with artists

After their first visit to the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit (ANU) several artists made observations about the human brain and it’s complex functions. There were discussions about consciousness, the historical pseudoscience of phrenology, where our emotions or memories are located

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Part I: Exploring photography in art and in science

With photography as her principal medium, Melanie King has used A Nervous Encounter as an opportunity to explore new photographic techniques, while exploring neuroscience. Aligning neatly with this interest is the imagery produced by transmission electron microscopy (EM), used in

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Stories behind the slides

One of the first things Agnieszka Tamiola was drawn to when entering the lab was the stacks of little black boxes on the shelves, all labelled with dates and people’s names, on bright pieces of tape. These tidy miniature-suitcases with their brass

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Up close and personal with medium spiny neurons

Icnelia Huerta-Ocampo is investigating how information is transmitted and processed within the striatum, a brain region involved in movement control. Icnelia is working on medium spiny neurons, the most common neuron (specialised brain cell) in this region. As the name would

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