How the Manifestations of Medical Diagnoses Have Shaped the Art World

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Date(s) - Wednesday, November 6, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Biotech Without Borders

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Disease changes lives…and art.

For centuries, art and music have reflected not only contemporary cultural and political themes but also the lives of the artists themselves.  For example, medical diagnoses have shaped the way artists perceive and interact with the world, and are expressed in their art.  This talk explores how a pituitary tumor, REM sleep disturbances, prosopagnosia and syphilis have ultimately had profound impacts on art and music, while explaining the science behind these diagnoses along the way.


Speaker Bio:

Dr Megan McGill, MD, PhD recently joined REGENXBIO, a gene therapy company.  She most recently worked for McKinsey & Co. in the firm’s healthcare practice.  Prior to McKinsey, she was a resident physician in the Radiology Department at New York University Langone Medical Center.  Megan received a BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in neuroscience, chemistry and music.  She completed her MD and PhD degrees at NYU with a PhD in neuroimaging and MRI physics, and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  She is the co-chair of the International Crisis Group’s Ambassador Council and sits on the junior board of the Harmony Program, a non-profit organization that provides intensive, after-school music education in underserved communities.  She lives in New York City with her 11 year-old son Jasper