Greetings! This website is a showcase of neuroscientific images, from artists across the world and across time. Instead of the brain at large, the artwork you will find here is centred on the microscopic circuitry that makes up the brain.

These images are reproduced here for educational and aesthetic purposes. Most can be easily found on the web using a search engine or via the author's website. Before reproducing any of these images, please check the licence terms of the original author.

If you wish to contribute or share your work, the curator can be reached via e-mail at gallery@conncad.com. Thanks, and enjoy!

Last updated: 07 March 2021 — Hosting 113 images

BrainBow is a technique where cells are made to express several fluorescent proteins, in essentially random amounts. The randomness derives from feedback loops in gene expression. Mixing of fluorescence wavelengths yields a remarkable colour contrast on the single-neuron level.

The method was originally developed by Jeff W. Lichtman and Joshua R. Sanes at the Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School.

Read more about BrainBow on Wikipedia or an introduction at the Harvard Gazette.

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The retina of the eye is a complex structure, that exists with some diversity in the natural world. By juxtaposing samples of species from mammalian to amphibian, this comprehensive collection highlights their architecture and organisation in an accessible manner.

By Nicolás Cuenca at the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, University of Alicante, Spain

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Eyewire is a crowd-sourced science project, where many people from around the globe collaborate on reconstructing the three-dimensional morphology of neurons on the basis of a series of two-dimensional scans. The scans are made using an electron microscope, and this virtual museum exhibits the resulting detailed anatomical models. As tissue is scanned a block at a time, the method beautifully illustrates the network of all neurons that occur in each block.

By Sebastian Seung at Princeton University, USA

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Animated, time-lapse image sequences exhibit the intra- and extracellular dynamics of living neurons in vitro. In addition to migration and outgrowth of new neurites, fluorescent dyes beautifully capture the dynamics of intracellular protein trafficking and organelles.

By Robert S. McNeil and Baylor College of Medicine