BMC ‘Research in progress’ photo competition 2018:

There were some stunning photos entered into the BioMed Central (BMC) ‘Research in progress’ photo competition in 2018. Although it didnt win, a photograph taken by Ronald Pouyo from the University of Liege, Belgium did warrant a ‘special mention’. He said of his image:

“This is a picture of a cochlea I dissected and labelled by immunohistochemistry. After that the cochlea was clarified and the picture was taken with a Light-sheet microscope. The inner ear shelters the cochlea, a spiral of cells whose role is to capture the air vibration through the hair cells (labelled in red). These unique cells convert sounds into electrical signals that are relayed to the brain via the neuronal fibers (labelled in green). All the other cell nuclei are labelled in blue. I consider myself lucky to be able to work on such a beautiful and complex structure, which has yet to be fully understood.”

Thank you to Sam Harkus of Australian Hearing for bringing this to our attention. See the full blog on winners and runners-up here