PhD Comics brain development infographic

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THIS cartoon by Dwayne Godwin, a professor of neurobiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, and Jorge Cham, the former researcher and cartoonist who created PhD Comics, has won first place in the informational graphics category of the 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. 

The New York Times has a slide show of the winning entries, and today’s issue of Science contains a special feature about the competition. To see the full size infographic, click on the image above, or visit Godwin’s public engagement page, where it, and others in the same series, can be downloaded as PDFs.

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11 thoughts on “PhD Comics brain development infographic

  1. Thanks for pointing out this cool science graphic. We are hosting another science graphic novelist at our University this coming week. Jay Hosler, from Juniata College, has several graphic novels on evolution, neurobiology and bees. He draws wonderful novels, and gives a great talk on the importance of comic books in teaching science.

  2. Clicking on the picture doesn’t work for me – I get an error message. And following the link to the Public Engagement Page leads to a mess of cryptic links.
    I just want to see the picture!

  3. Appears to be a mistake, though. It should say radial glia, not Bergmann glia, as the Bergmann type are found in the cerebellum, not the entire cortex. Oh well. Close enough. Nerd talk over and out.

  4. TheBrummell: Clicking on the pic should work now, but I’ve no idea why the public engagement page isn’t rendering properly for you.
    Elaine: I noticed that too, but when I wrote the post I only had the left hand side of the cartoon from the NYT slideshow.

  5. Thanks for this nice comic. However, according to new estimations, there are much less than 100 billion neurons in the human brain and the majority of them is not located in the cortex, but actually in the cerebellum.

  6. Stephan: I have read somewhere that there are at least as many, or perhaps more, cells in the cerebellum than in the cerebral cortex, but can you provide a reference for the new estimate of total cell numbers in the human brain?

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