January 5 - February 5

The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago, and its educational division CodeAbode, are happy to announce a medicine-and-technology exhibit series. Each Thursday evening in January, we are hosting an event featuring two of our previous exhibits and a presentation related to the exhibit topics. We will also be showing other past exhibits each Tuesday-Wednesday during our normal open hours. The month will culminate with a 2016 exhibit preview event and fundraiser on Friday, February 5.


Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 6-9pm

Experience the everyday stories of people with disabilities, and learn about the technology that is changing the future of accessibility.

6:00 pm  -  Reinventing the Wheel

          Guest Speaker: Reveca Torres, Executive Director of BACKBONES, 2015 NEW MOBILITY Person of the Year

7:30 pm  -  TechAbility

          Guest Speaker: Carlos Arturo Torres, IKO Creative Prosthetic System



Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 6-9pm

Discover how art therapy is utilized in multiple ways: by patients as treatment for neurodegenerative diseases and by art therapists to process their clinical experience.

6:00 pm  -  Bringing Art to Life: Expressive Art in Alzheimer's & Parkinson's Patient Care 

          Guest Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Barber, PhD, Barber Innovations LLC

          Special Guest: Aileen Rangel, developer for Painted Memories app

7:30 pm  -  Response Art: Artwork of the Art Therapist 

          Guest Speaker: Dr. Jennifer La Civita, Director of Art Therapy, Adler University



Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6-9pm

Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of TBIs, and celebrate the athletes on traditional and adaptive sports teams in the Chicago area.

6:00 pm  -  Traumatic Brain Injury

          Guest Speaker: Philicia Deckard, Executive Director-Brain Injury Association of Illinois

          Special Guest: Genevive Nutely, Para-Athlete with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

7:30 pm  -  Redefining the Game: Athletics, Ability, Achievement

          Guest Speaker: Keri Serota, Executive Director & Co-founder of Dare2Tri Paratriathlon Club

          Special Guest: Jose Alejandre, Para-Athlete with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)



Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 6-9pm

View medical visualizations from University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Student Association of Medical Artists.

6:00 pm  -  Inside the Mind of Medical Artists: 2014

          Guest Speaker: John Daugherty, Program Director of Biomedical Visualization, UIC

7:30 pm  -  Inside the Mind of Medical Artists: 2015

          Guest Speaker: Vanessa Ruiz, Founder of Street Anatomy




Weekday Schedule:

Jan. 5 & 6, 10 am-2 pm: View Medicine on the Front Lines

Jan. 12 & 13, 10 am-2 pm: View Sanatorium

Jan. 19 & 20, 10 am-2 pm: View Diabetes: Management and Self-Care

Jan. 26 & 27, 10 am-2 pm: View Inside the Mind of Medical Artists: 2013