Science to Art Award 2017

The NHMRC Science to Art Award will recognise outstanding examples of the art that has arisen from research funded by NHMRC.

Imaging is now a core technology in medical research. These images are not only scientifically important they can also be aesthetically powerful.

The Council of NHMRC judged the most outstanding electronic image generated by NHMRC funded research. The winners are below.

Winner, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2017

Biological hardwiring

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

Image Source: Leica DMi8 Laser Scanning inverted confocal microscope (63x glycerol NA1.3 objectives)

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.

Highly Commended, NHMRC Science to Art Award 2017

Trojan War

Dr Rohit Jain | Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology

Image Source: The image was acquired using Scanning electron microscope at the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, University of Sydney. Sample preparation was performed at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology.

Description: This scanning electron microscope image highlights the adhesion of Leishmania parasites (blue cells with pink flagellum) to the collagen fibres of the skin (golden). Unlike most pathogens that attempt to evade the initial immune response, Leishmania parasites adhere to the extracellular matrix and await the immune cell onslaught. After being engulfed by neutrophils, Leishmania parasites use these cells as a ‘trojan horse’ to evade the ensuing adaptive immune response. This image represents the first step in the war between the host and the pathogen.