Research Assistant Clare Watson and PhD candidate Rachelle Balez. Photo by Trudy Simpkin.

Photo: Research Assistant Clare Watson and Phd Candidate Rachelle Balez. Photo by Trudy Simpkin.

Researchers and students from the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI), the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Disctrict (ISLHD) will showcase their creative talents at a fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) research.

In honour of Associate Professor Justin Yerbury, 55 images taken by researchers of their work will be presented at the art exhibition, Magnified.

IHMRI PhD candidate Rachelle Balez and Research Assistant Clare Watson incubated the idea for a science art exhibition after recognising the beauty and creativity in their work and that of their colleagues.

“As researchers looking at the human body, we see these amazing images of cells or proteins through a microscope everyday and it’s easy to forget how fascinating they are,” said Rachelle Balez.

Other researchers from materials science, chemistry, engineering and environmental biology have also contributed to the exhibition.

“There are so many amazing and creative images that are locked away in a cupboard or on a hard drive in a lab. We want to share our work with the community,” she added.

Magnified will be held at the TAEM Gallery in Building 25 at UOW. Many of the researchers who donated their images will be attending the opening night function on Thursday 5 July at 5.30pm. The exhibition is open to the public from Friday 6 July to Friday 20 July.

“The art show runs over the school holidays and we think it will be a great activity for school kids – or anyone who is interested in looking at the world around us in a different way” said Clare Watson. “It will be thought-provoking and educational, giving the community a better understanding of research that is happening here in the Illawarra,” she added.

All the artworks in the exhibition will be for sale to raise funds for MND research at IHMRI.

The funds raised will be used to set up a competitive research grant to help an emerging and talented MND researcher increase their knowledge via collaboration with international experts in the field. 

“Ultimately, we want to pay tribute to Justin Yerbury and his contributions to MND research, and we want to continue to support his work at IHMRI.”

About MND

  • There are more than 2000 Australians living with the illness.
  • People with MND progressively lose the use of their arms and legs, their ability to speak, swallow and breathe.
  • Males are more likely than females to have MND but the cause as to why isn’t known.

Media contact

Louise Negline, Communications Coordinator
E: lnegline@ihmri.org.au
T: +61 2 4221 4702 
M: +61 417 044 867

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