Pam Maher, Scientist
David Schubert Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory
Tammie Pontsler, Designer
Study of the impact of diet on the development of autism in BTBR mice.
- The sleek gown represents the brain cells with a low glycemic diet and low inflammation.
- The texture in the cellular images is captured by the use of silk dupioni for the gown.
- The bodice and statement necklace are hand-beaded representations of the healthy brain cells.
- The ice dyed silk organza overskirt is inspired by the brain cells with a high glycemic diet and increased inflammation.
- Green LED lights demonstrate the imagery of the inflamed immune cells, which led to the discovery of the correlation between high glycemic diets, brain inflammation and increased Autistic behavior.
- Most of the materials used in the gown are natural fibers representing the natural remedy to increased brain inflammation, which is diet modification.
- In honor of The Salk’s rich history and contribution to science, the silhouette of the gown was inspired by popular fashion from 1963, the year The Salk Institute opened.