Art and Design in Molecular Neuroimaging

Figures, graphs and charts are an essential part of scientific literature, but in very few occasions they are designed to convey complex messages with elegance and directness. For scientists, graphical illustrations are just a means to an end, drawn to be useful or practical rather than attractive.

We strongly believe that graphical illustration plays an important role to scientific dissemination and we are currently hosting two collaborative programs with professionals to improve our way to communicate our research.

Federico Baratto: an artist borrowed to molecular neuroimaging

The collaboration started in 2013 and since then we have developed many figures for scientific papers, book covers and illustrations. Here an overview of this work.

Adapted from Rizzo et al. “Kinetic modeling without accounting for the vascular component impairs the quantification of [11C] PBR28 brain PET data.” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism 34.6 (2014): 1060-1069. 

Adapted from Turkheimer et al. “The X-Linked Hypothesis of Brain Disorders Can Gender Ratios Tell Us Anything About Cellular Etiology of Neurodegenerative and Psychiatric Diseases?.” The Neuroscientist 21.6 (2015): 589-598.

Adapted from Grecchi et al. “Multimodal partial volume correction: Application to [11C] PIB PET/MRI myelin imaging in multiple sclerosis.” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (2017): 0271678X17712183.

Gill Brown: a graphic designer at the centre of neuroimaging sciences

A collaboration between a group of neuroscientists, working in the Neuroimaging Department at King’s College London, and Gill Brown, a graphic design researcher at the University of the Arts London, based at the London College of Communication.

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