Presentation of the book “The Human Brain. Explained by Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal”
We present you the book “The Human Brain. Explained by Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal.”
A wonderfully written book by Dr. Pablo Barrecheguren and illustrated by the hand of Isa Loureiro.
In a pleasant online chat we have shared the process of creating this book together with the publisher Editorial Juventud and also Cálamo bookstore, in Zaragoza, where Pablo got the idea of writing and explaining to the little ones, and also to all those who did not have a professional scientific training, the functioning of our brain.
It talks not only about the most basic concepts, but also that information that many only learn at the University, explained in a simple, fun and very easy way to understand, thanks also to the illustrations and infographics that accompany it.
The narrative voice is that of Dr. Santiago Ramón y Cajal, one of the most important personalities in the history of Neuroscience, who explains, page by page, basic but important concepts such as: the origin of our brain, neurons, neurotransmitters, glial cells, brain lobes … passing through other very interesting ones such as brain plasticity, the sleep cycle, synesthesia …
And of course, without forgetting to talk about the life and work of some people who, like Cajal, have contributed enormously to the advancement of Neuroscience, among them: Rita Levi-Montalcini, Suzana Herculano Houzel, Camillo Golgi, Pío del Rio Hortega …
Here you can see the full video of the presentation:
It is a very interesting and fun book to read and watch, full of color and illustrations that complement the text as if they were one.
Recommended for children and curious adults, from 12 years old, or an accompanied reading for the little ones eager for science.
The collaborative work with Pablo was very close despite the fact that we were in different cities. Between us we have a collection of audios with scientific content corrections, ideas, others with his famous jokes and others with pure motivation!
There are large doses of affection in each of these illustrations, as I progressed I learned many things about the human brain that I did not know, which motivated me even more to share it with the little ones.
Meet the authors:
Pablo J. Barrecheguren Manero PhD
A born scientist, after studying Biochemistry in his native Zaragoza and doing research for a year at the University of Cambridge (UK), Pablo started with Neurocosas: he did a master’s degree and a doctoral thesis on Neuroscience at the University of Barcelona. At the end, he was a finalist in the Famelab Spain scientific monologue contest and went from the laboratories to the stages.
His studies at the Ateneo Barcelonés School of Writing have led him to publish Neurogamer (2021, Publisher Paidós), a book that explores how video games affect our brain, and he is the co-author of five other popular science books.
He has studied audiovisuals at Imperial College London the prestigious master’s degree “Science Media Production” and has twice won national funding (FECYT) for audiovisual projects: “Neurocosas” (2017) and “Neuropíldoras” (2018). All this training and experience have led him to work as a speaker in all aspects of scientific communication and you can follow his work on the channel “Neurocosas”
She decided to explore her creative spirit by completing a Bachelor degree of Design at U. de Aveiro which has a transversal approach, integrating graphic, product and strategy design. Her path takes her to Barcelona, practicing professionally as a senior graphic designer for more than 10 years.
Restless and trying to include illustration in many of her projects, she decided to refine her skills by taking several advanced techniques courses. A great curiosity to know the unique beings that inhabit the natural world as well as discovering how wonderful and complex the human body is, led her to specialize in scientific illustration.
Today she develops infographics and medical scientific illustration at Homograma, a creative agency in the health and wellness sector. As a freelance she creates illustrations for science visualization and books in different areas of science, with the desire to inspire young and adults alike.