Brain waves, moth’s wings and the inside of a human eye – the Wellcome Image Awards return to Museum of Science and Industry. 

The Wellcome Image Awards are back at the Museum of Science and Industry for the third year running. Showcasing the best in science image making, this year’s award-winning images include pathways of nerve fibres in the brain, delicate golden scales on a Madagascan sunset moth, a close-up look at the human retina, the delicate cells of maize leaves, and a digitally reconstructed skeleton showing atheroma, the ‘furring up’ of arteries that supply blood to the brain, in someone who has had a stroke.

The glittering awards ceremony will take place in London on March 15th and open here the next day in the museum’s historic Station Building. BBC Medical Correspondent, Fergus Walsh, is a member of the judging panel and will be presenting this year’s awards. He said: “The Wellcome Image Awards consistently uncover a stunning range of images that not only capture the imagination but help bring complex concepts to life. From otherworldly pictures to intricate close ups, these spectacular images draw you in and tell important stories about medical research today.”

Following the success of previous Wellcome Image Awards exhibitions the Museum of Science and Industry is proud to be hosting them again, continuing our valued working relationship with the Wellcome Trust.

Head of Exhibitions at the Museum of Science & Industry, Rachel Knight, comments, “We are really pleased to be chosen as a host for the Wellcome Image Awards again this year and to bring this new set of fascinating images to Manchester. They show the spot where art and science meet while highlighting the important work of medical imagers and photographers. Our museum prides itself on being an inspiring place for our visitors to see things they have never seen before and the Wellcome Image Awards are definitely part of that.”

The awards will also be held simultaneously at venues in all four countries of the UK, from the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Science Museum in London to the Aberdeen Science Centre. Each venue will display the images in their own styles to spark imaginations everywhere. This year the images will also be appearing as far afield as the Africa Centre for Population Health in South Africa, the Polytechnic Museum in Moscow, Russia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.

Healthy human brain from a young adult, tractography Credit:Alfred Anwander, MPI-CBS


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