Science and Research

Image: Cortex in Metallic Pastels by Greg Dunn

Image: Cortex in Metallic Pastels by Greg Dunn

Compassion Science Research – Future Directions

As the global coordinator for the Charters’ Science and Research sector, Dr Lynne Reeder is undertaking a project to define the research directions in compassion science. Drawing on the Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science, one of the first leading academic publications to synthesise the theory and the application of this discipline she is interviewing the world leading experts that contributed to the Handbook. These videoed discussions will explore the: 1) research outlined by the authors in the Oxford Handbook, 2) subsequent research that has occurred in the past six years; 3) implications for future research directions.

jamesDr. James Kirby from the Compassionate Mind Research Group at the University of Queensland was the first to be interviewed and he covered why a Compassion-Focused parenting approach is important, why it needs to sit alongside a public health approach, and provides a description of some of the elements of this approach.

You can listen to James in conversation.

Art in Science and Research by Greg Dunne

Throughout this section of the website, you will see the work of Dr. Greg Dunn.  The statement below, partially in his own words, reflects his dedication to his art form and its subject matter, the brain. Visit Dr. Dunn's website for a "mind-blowing" experience of spectacular color, view unfamiliar shapes as you journey through the ventricular system, and find yourself observing what initially is a fantasy world--eventually realizing it is all part of who you are.

 

Dr. Greg Dunn uses his knowledge of neuroscience to create works of fine art that celebrate the brain. These paintings are dedicated to the neuroscientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons who explore the brain’s beauty, mystery, and anatomy. More importantly, this work is dedicated to every one of us who share this most precious possession that we are using even at this moment to read this sentence.

Dr. Dunn’s paintings and reflective micro etchings deeply fuse art and science, attempting to illuminate the unfathomable complexities of our minds. Dunn’s art includes ink paintings on gold leaf exploring the spontaneous branching of a handful of pyramidal neurons to incredibly intricate, large scale reflective etchings such as Self Reflected that animate the collective activity of half a million neurons at once. In prints, paintings, hanging scrolls, and etchings, Dunn’s works bridge the micro to the macro to change the way in which the average person thinks about the brain. It hopes to reinstall the sense of awe, even to those of us who struggle with various neurological ailments, and to hopefully remind us that our brains are a thing of wonder.

Dr. Dunn has works in collections around the world including permanent installations at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Museum of Science in Boston, Caltech and Johns Hopkins Universities, and the Society for Neuroscience headquarters among many others. Past exhibitions have included the Pompidou Museum in Paris, the National Gallery of China in Beijing, Sotheby’s New York, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, and the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. Dunn’s NSF funded project Self Reflected executed in collaboration with Dr. Brian Edwards has won international acclaim and is widely regarded as the most complex artistic rendering of the human brain in existence.

Dr. Dunn has lectured extensively about his work in many destinations around the world, oftentimes for eclectic groups of artists, scientists, engineers, and those with a love for the brain. In addition to artwork sales, lectures, exhibitions, and installations, Greg licenses images and video for books, magazines, documentary films, nonprofits, and educational platforms.

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