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Alan Mackay-Sim is a science superhero

Gympie Bone Museum science superhero Prof Alan Mackay-Sim

Alan Mackay-Sim is a science superhero as far as we’re concerned. You’ve probably noticed by now that we are all about the science.  There is plenty of fun to be had in this project, but at the end of the day we want to promote more science literacy to battle the fake new scare tactics.  To fight the good fight you need some smart muscle on your side, which is where our Science Superheroes come in.

Science Superhero #1:

Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim
Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
Griffith University

Gympie Bone Museum's science superhero Prof Alan Mackay-Sim

 

 

2017 Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim is a neuroscientist and stem cell scientist. His research career has focused on how the sensory neurons in the nose are replaced and regenerated from stem cells. He is a world leader in spinal cord injury research. He led the Brisbane team in a world-first clinical trial in which the patient’s own olfactory cells were transplanted into their injured spinal cord in the first stages of a therapy to treat human paraplegia. Alan established the National Centre for Adult Stem Cell Research in 2006. He developed an adult stem cell bank from over 300 people with different neurological conditions including schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, mitochondrial mutation disorders, Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, ataxia telangiectasia and motor neuron disease. These stem cells are used to identify the biological bases of neurological diseases using genomics, proteomics and cell function assays and this work is leading to new drug therapies.

Meet Alan in Gympie

You can meet Alan at our Science in the Pub event on Sept 15 at the Australian Hotel in Gympie.

 

 

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Gympie Bone Museum presents bone artwork exhibition

bone artwork skeleton articulation and adornment the art of science and bones at gympie bone musemAn art exhibition with bite

For the duration of July the Gympie Bone Museum will be hosted by The quARTz Hub to present our bone artwork exhibition Skeleton Articulation & Adornment.  We have been lucky enough to secure grant funding for this exhibition.  We thank the Regional Arts Development Fund and our local Bendigo Bank community branch for the help to deliver another first for Gympie.

The art of science and bones is curated by artist, gilder and furniture restorer Manu Bugallo-Vales. It will also feature work by artists Juliette Claire of Fossick and Forage Design, Annie Howard and Gympie Bone Museum.  There will be interactive elements to the show as well as special events during the month.

Bone artwork designed to inspire

Artists, photographers, teachers and students are encouraged to visit the exhibition and be inspired by the works on display.  We are interested in seeing the creative work this exhibition might inspire in others.

The quARTz HuB is now in the building formerly occupied by PC Place at 13 River Rd Gympie next to the Telstra shop.  The exhibition will be open 3 – 30 July and entry is free.  The HuB is open 9-3 Monday to Friday and 9-12 on Saturday.  Private viewings and after hours access can be arranged for groups, school groups, art clubs etc by contacting us via our contact page.