Cancer Research UK scientist clinches two Wellcome Image Awards

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A member of Cancer Research UK's Electron Microscopy Lab has won two gongs at the tenth Wellcome Image Awards.

Anne Weston, who is based at Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute, produced two of the 19 images that were chosen by a panel of judges for their ability to communicate the "wonder and fascination of science".

The images, which were produced and created to enhance the understanding of basic science for some of the younger work experience students at the Institute, included an electron micrograph of skin cells from a burn caused by spilling boiling soup, and another of a lung cancer cell.

Dr Weston and the other 12 scientists and artists behind the winning images received their awards in London on October 14th.

Dr Alice Roberts, who presented the awards, described the images as "stunning and thought-provoking".

She said: "Imaging and imagery can help scientists in many ways - to understand structures that are too small to be seen by the naked eye, or perhaps to elucidate the relationship between structure and function, or even to illustrate abstract ideas that are otherwise difficult to grasp.

"Images also form a bridge, a way in which non-scientists or indeed researchers in a separate discipline may be able to appreciate concepts that are otherwise quite esoteric.

"But as well as deepening understanding, the art of science can also be - in its own right - beautiful and awe-inspiring."

Dr Weston said: "I'm very proud to have been able to represent the Electron Microscopy Unit and Cancer Research UK at the Wellcome Image Awards and I'm very pleased with the result."

The images are now on display at the Wellcome Collection and can also be viewed on the awards website, www.wellcomeimageawards.org