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Brain Cell Replacement
Jean Hebert on brain cell replacement
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Jean Hebert from the Albert Einstein School of Medicine works on advancing brain tissue replacement through pioneering experiments to repair damage or fight age-related degeneration, a necessary strategy for the long-term defeat of aging. This art piece supports the research of scientist Jean Hebert, Foresight Institute’s longevity accelerator project winner.

About the artpiece

The artist Drew Berry is encapsulating the beauty of cell regeneration and longevity. This artwork is supporting the research of the scientist Jean Hebert. Change defines the brain more than any other body part. Our Brains have evolved to be plastic substrates for the ever-morphing symphonies of our lives. Memories and functions are relentlessly modified to adapt to new experiences and create new harmonies. This plastic nature means the brain itself is replaceable. If done piece by piece over time, without changing who we are as individuals, we will soon be able to continue learning and growing for much longer than we ever thought possible. Drew Berry is a biomedical animator who creates beautiful, accurate visualisations of the dramatic cellular and molecular action that is going on inside our bodies. Beginning his career as a cell biologist, his raw materials are technical reports, research data and models from scientific journals. As an artist he works as a translator, from abstract and complicated scientific concepts into vivid and meaningful visual journeys. Since 1995 he has been a biomedical animator at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Australia. His animations have exhibited at venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Royal Institute of Great Britain and the University of Geneva. In 2010 he received a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant".