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The Images in Pharmacology Competition Winners!

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Published: 02 Apr 2020

Our image competition was a huge success, with over 2,200 people casting their votes on social media!

First prize

Three-dimensional topography of glioblastoma by AFM


Luísa Dondé won first place, for her image Three-dimensional topography of glioblastoma by AFM.

Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a type of ultra-high-res scanning probe microscopy. This image is an AFM-generated image of human glioblastoma for the evaluation of the therapeutic effects of anticancer drugs on tumour topography. Luisa is a student at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Her areas of interest include anti-cancer drug design and discovery, anti-cancer studies, and medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry.

Luisa says: "I am a student of pharmacy at PUCRS and I am enchanted by the science. I do scientific initiation in a pharmacology laboratory applied to new antitumor therapies."

Second prize

All About Calcium!


Mariam Alakrawi was the close runner-up, for All About Calcium!

It’s a wonderful illustration that she drew herself. It partially illustrates the research project she is undertaking with Dr Adam Greenstein at the University of Manchester.

Mariam says: "‘Half an artist, half a scientist’ is how I describe myself. I am a 3rd-year PhD student in the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Manchester. I had been asked to make my own figures for a first-year report. I was reluctant, but I am an artist who has been making art for 19 years. They were well received, and now I say, thank you, Dr Alison Gurney (my co-supervisor), for pushing me and my work! I enjoy making scientific illustrations. I can escape, relax and be fully immersed in art, like a meditation session. I want to present science as beautiful. I believe that artistry scientific diagrams are a powerful tool to invite more people into the scientific community."


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