UCL Winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017
Images by UCL researchers are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.
Developing spinal cord, taking using confocal microscopy by Dr. Gabriel Galea (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health), is a series of three images of a mouse embryo. The three images include highlighting to show the neural tube, which develops into the spinal cord, as well as the ectoderm, which develops into skin, teeth and hair, and the mesoderm which will form the organs. The research team is studying mouse neural tubes to discover treatments to conditions such as spina bifida that arise from problems occurring in neural tube development.
Zebrafish eye and neuromasts, taken using confocal microscopy by Ingrid Leek and Professor Steve Wilson (UCL Biosciences), depicts a modified four-month old zebrafish embryo. The team used a DNA-editing technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to insert a gene next to a gene of interest to the researchers, and then these fish were bred with a reporter fish to create fish where the gene of interest fluoresces red when activated. In this image, the gene of interest is in the eye's lens (seen as a bright red circle), and in cells called neuromasts (red dots around the periphery).
The panel of judges included experts in medical science and science communication, and recognised 22 images. The 20th edition of the awards was presented on 15 March 2017, and exhibitions of the winning images opened the following day in venues across the UK, Europe and Africa.