Brain Stimulation to Turn Down the Tics

Brain Stimulation to Turn Down the Tics
Cold Wax and Oil - Wood 16 x 16
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Kim McNeil

Kim McNeil

Kim’s been drawing since she could hold a paintbrush. No, since she could spread paint around with her hands. Her parents considered her early works contemporary. Her first solo art exhibition was in Montréal in 1982 when her work was displayed on a dependable avocado-coloured fridge in her family’s kitchen. Since then she’s been growing her way through various careers including becoming a Certified Yoga Therapist. A funny thing happens when you spend over a decade teaching people to listen to their intuition: you start to do it yourself. Five years ago Kim picked up a paintbrush again and hasn’t looked back.

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When I met with neuroscientist, Cynthia Kahl, to learn about her research, it quickly became clear to me that a piece inspired by her work should speak to the hope it offers children. What Tourette syndrome takes away, Ms. Kahl's study aims to give back; calm, acceptance, and freedom. 'If You Feel a Tic, Let It Rip!' is an homage to the playfulness of childhood and to the mantra of Cynthia’s lab. What better gift could neuroscience give than the chance to be a kid again?

Cynthia Kahl

Cynthia Kahl

Medical Student, University of Calgary
Brain Stimulation to Turn Down the Tics
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