The NHMRC Science to Art Award biennially recognises outstanding examples of art that has arisen from research funded by NHMRC.

Imaging is now a central component for medical research. These images are not only scientifically important but they can also be aesthetically powerful. 

2019 Science to Art Award

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2019

Eddy of Neurons

Mr Jianqun Gao  | The University Of Sydney

Description: Human neurons differentiated from neural stem cells (NSCs) have been used as a novel disease model to study neurodegenerative diseases. This image is showing nuclei (blue) of these NSC-derived neurons, as well as their networks (green and red). It looks like an eddy of neurons attracting us to discover an unknown world. The experiments conducted with these neurons hope to unravel the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

2017 Science to Art Award

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2017


Joshua SS Li   | The University Of Queensland, School of Biomedical Sciences

Description: In the developing brain, neurons find their prospective partners with high precision. How this complex form of biological hardwiring is achieved remains elusive. This image is of the developing visual system of a fruit fly dissected, fixed, immunostained and whole-mounted. Photoreceptor neurons (top) project down towards the lamina neuropil (green) to establish synapses with specific partners. Experiments conducted in this system hope to unravel mechanisms of neurodevelopment.

2015 Science to Art Award

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2015

In Search of Memory

Victor Anggono   | Queensland Brain Institute – University of Queensland

Description: Developing nerve cells (neurons) extend their processes, known as axons, and project to one another to establish synaptic connection and form a neural circuit, the activity of which is essential for brain function such as learning and memory..