Art of Neuroscience 2013

We thank the participants and the 2013 jury members Jeroen Geurts, Theo Mulder, Chris de Zeeuw, and Henk Stoffels for making a selection out of a total of 49 submissions. The winner and three honorable mentions are highlighted below. You can visit our online gallery to browse through other entries, or download a compilation of all entries with full descriptions in PDF format  

Space and Memory

Annelene Dahl, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Winner 2013


The picture is an overlay of two horizontal slices of the hippocampal formation and parahippocampal region. These regions are crucial for both spatial navigation and memory. A retrograde tracer was injected in the subiculum (the output region of the hippocampal formation), and shows projections from the subiculum to the parahippocampal region.

Of particular interest are the distinct projections to parasubiculum (green, bottom right corner), and to the border between entorhinal and perirhinal cortex (blue, bottom left corner).


The Connected Mind

Jean-Remi King, INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit

Honorable Mention 2013


King submitted a figure that summarizes the results of a study in which we the amount of information shared across brain regions was investigated amongst patients in vegetative state (VS), minimally conscious state (MCS) and conscious state (CS).

The image shows a top-view of the scalp in each group of patient, where the color of each line indicates the  amount of information (WSMI) shared across the two regions linked by each curve.

Human Brain Development: Piece by Piece

Miriam van Strien, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

Honorable Mention 2013


Van Strien submitted a mosaic­ picture of an immune fluorescent double staining for a neuronal and astrocyte marker on a tissue section derived from the human developing brain (subventricular zone) at 25 weeks of gestation.


Neuronal Dynamics

Myrrhe van Spronsen, Utrecht University

Honorable Mention 2013


The image represents molecular processes in a cell that results in a complex neuronal network. The combination of neuroscientific and cell
biological approaches reveal new insights in transport of mitochondria in dendrites and axons.

Kids Learn Neuroanatomy

Erik Ziegler, University of Liège

Honorable Mention 2013

Through 3D printing we have constructed a real-life model of the white matter structure of the human brain. To our knowledge, this model is the first and only of its kind. In this video it is given to two nine-year-old girls. The “hedgehog”, as they call it, is just one example of how 3D printing can create things that were previously impossible to manufacture. View the video here.