Credit: Spooky Pooka
A digital illustration portraying a personal experience of Crohn’s disease is the overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017.
‘Stickman – The Vicissitudes of Crohn’s (Resolution)’ is a striking computer-generated image which conveys the physical and emotional experience of Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition caused by inflammation of the digestive system.
It is part of a series incorporating Stickman, the alter ego of illustrator Spooky Pooka (Oliver), who has the disease.
‘Stickman’ is one of 22 winning images that showcase the best in science image making.
Fergus Walsh, BBC Medical Correspondent and a member of the judging panel, said: “This image is a stunning representation of what it must be like to have Crohn’s disease. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before in terms of the portrayal of someone’s condition: it conveys the pain and torment the sufferer must go through. The image really resonates and is beautifully composed: it’s a haunting piece.
The awards have been held annually since 1997 to reward contributors to the Wellcome Images collection for their outstanding work.
To find out more and to see all the winning images, follow this link to the Wellcome Image Awards 2017
A visit to the National Museum of Scotland is an interesting and fun day out for all the family if you are in Edinburgh.
Ten new galleries have recently opened following a £14.1 million redevelopment. The opening includes six science and technology galleries – the UK’s most comprehensive outside London.
The state-of-the-art galleries feature objects covering more than 250 years of enquiry and innovation and were partially funded by a 1.3 million grant from Wellcome. The subjects covered include:
• the science of genetics with Dolly the sheep
• developing new pharmaceuticals
• advances in prosthetics and body implants
Simon Chaplin, Wellcome’s Director of Culture and Society, said: “Scotland has been and remains a global leader in medicine and bioscience, and Wellcome is proud to support the new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland which reflect this history of world-class research and innovation.”
The world’s first full-body MRI scanner will be included in the display at the museum. This was developed at the University of Aberdeen through the 1970s and is now part of our Museums’ collection.
This project is supported by Wellcome, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government, as well as other major trusts, foundations and nearly 800 generous individual donors.