Fragmented memories

Fragmented memories

Artist Name: Kim Downey Artist Bio: I am an Officer in the Canadian Military and paint to relax and, sometimes, to express Description: In the past decade, research in neurobiology has evolved to explain the problem of fragmented memory in sexual assault survivors …the intense fear experienced during a traumatic event will activate an area ... Read More »

Brigitte’s Bouquet

Brigitte’s Bouquet

Artist: Teresa Fortin Artist Bio: I am a lab technician in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. My speciality is Histology Description: Histology uses a wide variety of dyes to stain different cell components. My friend and histology mentor Brigitte always thought it would be very interesting to do an art piece using only ... Read More »

Neuroscience Webs by Teresa Fortin

Neuroscience Webs by Teresa Fortin

Co-winner of the Picasso (community members, post-docs, and principle investigators) category at the 2015 Brain & Mental Health Art Show. I was about to throw this piece broken piece of glass in the garbage when I noticed how it had broken into a beautiful web-like pattern. I thought it would make a good piece of ... Read More »

Live, Listen, Dance by Teresa Fortin

Live, Listen, Dance by Teresa Fortin

One thing I have always loved about histology is the beauty of the end product. These cochlear neurons look like they are dancing to me which I find ironic since the cochlear nucleus is the first neural structure responsible for the processing of sound. Read More »

The Ventral Tegmentum in Love by Alisa Kuzmina

The Ventral Tegmentum in Love by Alisa Kuzmina

They say “follow your heart”, but what guides our hearts is a microscopic synapse that happens in the right place at the right time. This phenomenon is what inspired this piece: the idea that a tiny elusive spark in our brain could lead to somebody writing words that can then elicit similar feelings in others. ... Read More »

Osseous labyrinth study by Suzanne Hood

Osseous labyrinth study by Suzanne Hood

I’ve always been curious about what makes us who we are, and how the mechanics within our bodies give rise to complicated, nuanced things, like our behaviour and thoughts. Sometime I like to think about this biological machinery as the foundation of the human condition. Many people dislike this way of thinking about ourselves – ... Read More »

Ouvre le Chien by Matthew Holahan

Ouvre le Chien by Matthew Holahan

This image represents a collage of a number of drawings I used to disentangle the numerous and varied factors that may lead to neurodegeneration in an otherwise beautiful, perfectly functioning organ (i.e., the brain). The simplest explanation concerning the inspiration for this artwork comes from a course I taught on Neurodegeneration and Aging. I made ... Read More »

Animal Liberation by Amanda Dookie

Animal Liberation by Amanda Dookie

I was inspired to create a piece that brings awareness to animals used in brain, mental health and psychological research. In the past, animals have been subjected to some of the most heinous and inhumane experiments in the name of psychological research. While standards have improved, as researchers we should not forget that animals are ... Read More »

Neural Forest by Martin Wellman

Neural Forest by Martin Wellman

Discovered by the pioneering histologist Santiago Ramón y Cahal, pyramidal neurons are found throughout the brain, including the cortex, amygdala, and the hippocampus. These neurons are named after the pyramidal shape of their cell body. Within the cortex, pyramidal neurons are essential for cognition, providing a mechanism for the various layers to communicate with each ... Read More »

Calles by Carlos Pastrana

Calles by Carlos Pastrana

I wanted to display the complexity of the brain’s neural network by way of intricate cutouts of Ottawa’s streets. The negative space demarcates land and major water ways, while the web of paper represents the connectivity of the city’s streets, as with neural pathways in our brain. Layered beneath the map cutout is a ventral view of ... Read More »

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