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Medical Photographer Wins Wellcome Image Awards

21 June 2012

Derek Tutssel receiving the Wellcome Image Award 2012 from Fergus Walsh of the BBC

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We are very pleased to announce that at the Wellcome Image Awards 2012 ceremony which took place in London last night Robert Ludlow, medical photographer at the UCL Institute of Neurology, UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Medical Illustration Unit was named as the overall winner.

This is the first time a single image has been awarded this accolade in the twelve year history of this prestigious event.

Robert’s stunning image “Intracranial recording for epilepsy” shows the surface of a patient’s brain during surgery at the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

Professor Alice Roberts, who was a member of the judging panel, said: “This is a remarkable image of a human brain. What makes it so different from most images of the surface of the brain is that this organ is living- this is a brain as it is encountered during neurosurgery".

“Through the skill of the photographer, we have the privilege of seeing something that is normally hidden away inside our skulls. The arteries are bright scarlet with oxygenated blood, the veins deep purple and the ‘grey matter’ of the brain a flushed, delicate pink. It is quite extraordinary.”

Derek Tutssel, Head of the Medical Illustration Unit, is pictured receiving the award from Fergus Walsh of the BBC on behalf of Robert Ludlow who was attending the birth of his son.

Upon receiving news the award, Robert Ludlow commented: "I feel very privileged and very proud at winning this award"

Medical Illustration is based in the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and provides a unique clinical photographic and videographic, PR photographic service, as well as a design, poster printing and a technical support service to our clinical and academic colleagues within the UCLH, UCL ION and wider UCL.

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