High School

Macedonia, Ohio


Lisa Dressig

Science Intern

Angela Primbas

Research Project

Malformations in Brain Development Due to Methylazoxymethanol Acetate and Thalidomide Exposure

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Shannon Hogarth

eXpressions™ Award: Red Ribbon

I was inspired to research Angela’s work more in detail after I had looked up a little more about it. I saw the destruction thalidomide had on newborn children and others that live in third world countries — the visuals really grabbed my attention. On my piece, I made the clouds out of broken glass to symbolize the damage this drug has on people. The ground represents the cells in the brain under the microscope. This research found that thalidomide can help cure leprosy, so the arms on the woman have been textured to show that. The mixed-media approach I took demonstrates the complexity of the research studied.

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