Finalists announced for Stanford’s 2016 Art of Neuroscience competition

“Synaptogenesis,” submitted by Lin Ning, a postdoctoral research fellow in neurobiology, won first place in the 2016 Art of Neuroscience competition.

Eleven images representing a broad cross section of neuroscience research have been chosen as finalists in the Stanford Neuroscience Institute’s Art of Neuroscience competition.

Submitted by students, faculty, postdoctoral scholars and other scientists, the images range from the intricately detailed, such as a spider-like neurons or arrays of cells that send visual signals to the brain, to the abstract, with a pen-and-ink illustration of neurons snuggled into a cozy home in the brain.

The images show both the beauty and the diversity of neuroscience research. Some were taken while probing the inner workings of neurons, while others depict brain-wide connections or the behavior of ants, which mimic our own brain networks. Two images show how stem cells are being used to understand brain development in a lab dish or for possible therapeutic uses.

Taken together, the images span the three key focus areas within the Stanford Neurosciences institute ­– NeuroDiscovery, NeuroEngineering and NeuroHealth – and represent the many research areas focused on healing and understanding our brains, and through that, ourselves.

Visit the Neurosciences Institute website to see the other winners.