Latest issue of 'Wellcome News' out now
9 November 2012
This issue's striking cover image comes courtesy of Wellcome Collection's new exhibition, 'Death: A self-portrait', which opens on 15 November. The exhibition features some 300 objects from the former antique-print dealer Richard Harris's private collection, including the Tibetan Buddhist trident shown on our cover.
In our lead feature, Penny Bailey explores the historical aspects of facial mutilation and a new project to produce soft tissue prosthetics, supported by the Wellcome Trust.
Also in this issue, Wellcome Trust New Investigator Dr Pedro Hallal tells us about his career in physical activity research and Professor Derek Jones gives us an insight into the brain's white matter. Consultant ophthalmologist Professor Robert MacLaren explains why he thinks clinicians also need to be scientists, and discusses the value of mentoring for clinical scientists.
We meet the winners of the 2012 Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, explore the Diamond synchrotron and take a close-up look at a narwhal tusk. These stories are, as always, accompanied by the latest Wellcome Trust funding and research news, as well as information about upcoming events and exhibitions at Wellcome Collection.
Image: Tibetan Buddhist trident decorated with a skull, appearing in the ‘Death’ exhibition. Credit: Richard Harris Collection