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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Art–Science Collaborations — Avenues toward Medical Innovation
Caroline Wellbery, M.D., Ph.D. Indicado pela AMICOR Maria Inês Reinert Azambuja
Cardiovascular stents represent a successful scientific advance, but they may have their origins in art: some stent designs have been inspired by the principles of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.1 Indeed, art can inform medical science in myriad ways — providing not only inspiration but also insight and a humanizing touch. A collaboration among physicians, artists, and humanities scholars in Britain entitled “Life of Breath,” for instance, is investigating the understanding of breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), seeking ways in which a multidisciplinary approach can enhance the diagnosis and treatment of this increasingly prevalent disease. Elsewhere as well, it's increasingly common to find artists working closely with medical scientists. Such efforts are an offshoot of broader interdisciplinary art–science collaborations that have a venerable history./.../