Beautiful brains: science meets art

On Demand (IF 2021)

1 hrPWYD

Workshop | Health & Medicine, Hobbies & Craft, The Mind

Our brains are beautiful and amazing! Join science-based artist, Dr Lizzie Burns to create unique brain-themed artwork while meeting neuroscientists from the Universities of Oxford and Reading. Find out about the brain and research into diagnosis and treatments for dementia. This workshop will uplift and inspire people of all ages to get creative including colouring, doodling, drawing and origami.

Bring along paper, pens and colouring pencils. The ‘Beautiful Brain’ project has resources for all ages at

After a doctorate and research fellowship in cell biology from University of Oxford, Dr Lizzie Burns became a full-time science-based artist since 2002 to express the wonder and beauty of life at a tiny scale. As well as her own artwork, Lizzie works with people of all ages to encourage their creativity.



Dr Emma Mead received her PhD in Neuroscience from University College London, and has worked in academia and industry. Emma has experience investigating the role of inflammation in neurodegeneration, focussing on target validation and early drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases. She now leads the neuroinflammation team at the ODDI.



Dr Mark Dallas is an Associate Professor at the University of Reading’s School of Pharmacy leading a team focusing on molecular and cellular changes in neurodegenerative disease. His research uses electrophysiological techniques to examine the disruption in brain communication. Mark is a member of the Oxford Alzheimer’s Research UK network.



Supported by Alzheimer’s Research UK 

Watch the recording of this live public event

held on 16 October 2021 at IF Oxford 


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