Neural spider web researchers receive NHMRC Science to Art Award 2013

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30 October 2013
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A University of Sydney research team investigating how low level laser used clinically induces analgesia in patients with chronic pain has been awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Science to Art Award 2013.

The winning image was created by dye labelling cell membranes and depicts a ‘neural spider web’ of cultured dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRGs), Schwann and satellite cells from rats.

The research team worked together at the Brain and Mind Research Institute and included Laita Bokhari, Dr Michael Lovelace, Dr Roberta Chow, Professor Chan-Ling and Professor Patricia Armati.

“Imaging is now a central component for medical research. Dye labelling of cell membranes allows fine processes extending between DRGs and changes in mitochondrial membrane potential to be visualized,” NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said.

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