Science to Art Award 2015

The NHMRC 2015 Science to Art Award recognises outstanding examples of the 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 they can also be aesthetically powerful.

The Council and Principal Committee's of NHMRC judged the most outstanding electronic image generated by NHMRC funded research. The winners are below.

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2015

In Search of Memory

Dr Victor Anggono | University of Queensland

Image Source: Rat cortical neurons expressing green fluorescence proteins. Image was taken with a Zeiss Observer Upright Fluorescence Microscope.

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.

Highly Commended, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2015

Egg-samining an intradermal injection

Dr Alexandra Depelsenaire | University of Queensland

Image Source: The image was acquired using a cryogenic scanning electron microscope (cryo-SEM; Oxford CT-1500 and Phillips XL30 SEM, Philips, Netherlands). The ear skin was frozen in liquid nitrogen with the needle inserted in situ, transferred to a cryo-preservation chamber under vacuum and sputter coated with gold prior to imaging. “A hairy fried egg” – visualising the vaccine deposition site in murine skin following an intradermal injection.

Description: We are investigating skin-based immunisation techniques. Here, we used cryo-scanning electron microscopy to image an intradermal injection performed into mouse tissue to identify the area of bleb formation and location of antigen (not shown). Visualised and pseudo-coloured are the needle (green) in situ with the vaccine injection causing a wheel (yellow) to form in the dermis, clearly distinguishable from the unaffected skin (white-grey). 

Highly Commended, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2015

Making New Connections

Dr Ariadna Recasens | Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Image Source: Microscope Nikon Eclipse 80i. Objective 20x. Camera Nikon Ds-Ri1

Description: Immunofluorescence picture of induced-stem cells (iPSC) differentiated into neurons. After the differentiation protocol, most of the iPSC become neurons (in green, beta-tubulin neuronal marker) and start making new connections. Different types of neurons are obtained, including dopaminergic neurons that express the enzyme tyrosine hydroxylase (in red). Blue color correspond to nuclear DAPI staining.