2018 AMI Online Salon

Who funds the research? Problems of the Individual Funder

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Edith March; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: University of Illinois; Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program
  • Copyright: © 2018 Edith March
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Print; 12 x 15 in
  • Primary audience: Educated Audience, Readers of American Journal of Bioethics

Project Description

This illustration represents an abstract from a potential American Journal of Bioethics article titled, “Health Research Priority-Setting: The Duties of Individual Funders” by Leah Pierson and Joseph Millum. The article discusses the flaws of having the wealthy provide the bulk of research funding. Research funds are limited and difficult to obtain unless the donors feel a personal benefit from the outcomes. Thus, areas of study with little benefit to them, such as issues affecting the middle to lower class, are underfunded and swept under the rug. I want to depict this inequality and lack of government regulation by portraying scientists carrying the embodiment of the top 1%. The masses beneath them remain unaware of the influence that the wealthy has over medical research.