Description By Ronit Freeman & Mark McClendonThe image shows a brain cell known as astrocyte (shown in blue) on a newly-created synthetic material (shown in green and orange). The large orange structures resemble those in an injured spinal cord. These stimulate changes in the blue brain cells structure and function. Materials like this could help the body repair itself after trauma to the central nervous system.
These images stem from cutting-edge research on campus, winning our annual Scientific Images Contest which goes on display in galleries across Chicago.
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