1,129,333 by Harry MacKay

1,129,333 by Harry MacKay

Winner of the Public/Graduate category from the 2012 Brain & Mental Health Art Show.

Filed in 1914, this is an early (perhaps the earliest) American patent for a stereotaxic apparatus. Because it allows for minimally invasive, repeatable, and relatively easy brain surgery, its invention was seminal in the development of modern neuroscience. Diagrams from the original patent were scaled and transferred to a sheet of varnished, 3/4″ shop-grade birch plywood.

About The Artist

Harry MacKay is a PhD student in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University in the lab of Dr. Alfonso Abizaid. His research focuses on the hormone ghrelin, a protein involved in feeding behavior, adiposity, stress, depression, and more. He also conducts research on the effects of BPA on adiposity. In the 2012/2013 academic year, Harry acted as the lead Audio Visual & Equipment Coordinator for the Society for Neuroscience, Ottawa Chapter.

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