Despite several obstacles, writer Philip Ball has finally witnessed the successful growth of his neural organoid or “mini-brain”. What started as a study of dementia and its implications for the brain has developed into a much wider exploration of consciousness, biological identity and personhood.
Submissions are now open to be part of our short film festival on 23rd September 2018 at The Phoenix Cinema, London. Be part of our mission to explore, challenge and shape perceptions of dementias by providing platforms for diverse dementia stories.
Dementia is a fear-laden concept that’s increasingly ubiquitous in the 21st century. But how has its meaning changed? Millie Van der Byl Williams has been delving into the 19th-century records of a private asylum to uncover the hidden stories of some of its women patients, 150 years after they were diagnosed with dementia.
In recognition of Dementia Action Week on 21st-27th May 2018, Created out of Mind are leading discussions, workshops, campaigns and interactive exhibits across London, that aim to share the unique, personal experiences of people living with dementias and enrich understanding of this diverse condition.
How do changes in the brain cause us to see differently? Experience the world through the eyes of people living with Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), a rare form of dementia which affects the visual areas of the brain in our new animated film from Director Simon Ball.
In recognition of International Women's Day today (8th March 2018), and a year celebrating the achievements and milestones of women, we would like to honour the many women whose relentless activism and drive for change has transformed research, care, support and representation for people living with dementias, their carers and loved ones.
In this short film, the Created Out of Mind team discuss their work so far and join people experiencing dementias to reflect on the role of the arts and creativity for people living with a dementia, and for us all.
Philip Ball's 'mini-brains' have cleared their first major hurdle: his skins cells have been successfully transformed into ‘artificial stem cells’. Here, he documents the next stage of his journey to growing a second brain in a dish.
Now over halfway through our residency at The Hub at Wellcome Collection, Created Out of Mind reflect on our research so far and the many different ways it has been inspired and shaped by the diverse experiences of people living with dementias.
Created Out of Mind researcher Nicholas Firth presents some findings from a new experiment, which harnesses wearable technologies to explore people’s relationship with both familiar and unfamiliar music, and what this might mean for people living with dementias.
Writer Philip Ball has granted Created Out of Mind and UCL researchers access to his “mini-brain”, all in the name of science and a deeper understanding of degenerative brain diseases. Here, he reflects on this experience.
Charlotte Overton-Hart, talks to Created Out of Mind about the journey that led her to developing an innovative storytelling tool to capture the experiences of those living with dementia. She has recently launched a new social enterprise called Story Chaplain, which brings together creative arts and meaningful moments for people living with dementia.
From discussions, talks and performances to interactive visualisations and a social media campaign, Created Out of Mind have led a series of events and activities in recognition of Dementia Awareness Week from 14th-20th May.
Created Out of Mind collaborator Gemma Goodall shares the insights she has gained from being involved in Bev Foster’s ‘Music in Dementia Care’ workshops. The workshops gave an overview of the music care approach and taught individuals how to integrate musical strategies into the care environment.
A Rare Dementia Support group member, who's sister has Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), shares his experience of attending a FTD support group meeting and insights on the value of support groups and arts-based activities for people with dementias.