Sometimes, information and art can intersect in wonderful ways. Take, for example, this recent “Map of Health” from British physician-slash-artist Odra Noel.
Through her art, Noel often explores human organs and tissues, cell structure and mitochondria. But in her “Map of Health,” Noel illustrates major causes of death across the world by shading broad expanses of global territory with illustrations of the tissues and cells impacted by the conditions and diseases most common in those areas.
For example, North America’s boundaries are filled in with the adipose tissue that composes fat to represent our obesity epidemic. The far East and Pacific are shaded with pancreatic acinar tissue because its failure leads to diabetes, a rising epidemic.
Noel concludes her project’s description as follows:
“The good news is, we have medicines and other treatments to cure, alleviate, prevent or slow down the progression of all these diseases. And many people around the world are doing research to make progress on all these fronts.”
She’s right. Just here at the University of Minnesota our experts are making progress in major disease areas like diabetes, HIV and AIDS, heart disease, cancer and combating the obesity epidemic. Someday soon, Noel’s map may look far different.
Check out the full map and descriptions of cells and tissues chosen by visiting Noel’s website.