Original art and artist’s blurbs are presented in collaboration with the students of the University of Illinois Chicago program in Biomedical Visualization.
by Edith March
This illustration represents the article: “Health Research Priority Setting: The Duties of the Individual Funder”. The wealthy businessman symbolizes the top 1% of the population who are wealthy enough to fund research. The scientists underneath symbolize the researchers who have no choice but to follow research opportunities that are funded. Meanwhile, the general public underneath is unaware of this funder and researcher dynamic. Since funding for research is scarce, researches are often forced to study topics that benefit the funder rather than the general population. Furthermore, the funder may be unaware of their privilege and will not fund research unless they feel a personal benefit from the outcome.