The returns of research to society benefit different sectors, which are crucial for development and economic growth. Research for health is a wise investment with huge returns for development-this may not be evident to people. The images presented in Art for Research are intended to illustrate how research has quietly but consistently contributed to development.

Collections and Exhibits

Shaping the World


The images invite the viewer to explore the stories behind some of the most significant and influential changes in health, development, and innovation the world has ever seen. Ten stories of influential people or entities who have invested their lives to shape the future by doing research in areas such as HIV which has led to productivity, Alzheimer, child birth and perinatal care, infectious disease eradication, the use of research in effective education, decision making, fairness, quality of care and dignity of the patient.

Fine Art photographer Theo Chalmers collaborates with the Pan American Health Organization to produce a striking exhibition of photographic portraits.

You can access here the gallery of images © PAHO/WHO.

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Research on the Move

research on the moveThese successful Research for Health Stories captured in different Latin American countries, reflect the positive impact a good invest decision makes in lives and therefore in countries development. Making the Panama Canal was impossible until Malaria was understood and kangaroo program save lives.

World famous documentary photographer, Jane Dempster devoted her talent and time to travel Latin America supporting PAHO to deliver these beautiful, descriptive, shocking images.

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Transformation for Development

The sandpaintings that Shelly creates in Transformation for Development are not just art. They are visual demonstrations of how research changes lives and the realization of her passion for using science to make this world a healthier place. In her narrations research becomes a driver of social and economic development that tackles the determinants of health.

This exhibit features two neglected diseases prevalent in the Americas, Hookworm infestation and Chagas Disease. Addressing them requires that functional health systems work side by side with other sectors of government and society.

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Art for Research Video [2015]

    In this video PAHO's Director, WHO's Assistant Director General, and the curator of the project introduce the Art for Research Project with stories showing that research for health is an investment that catalyzes social and economic development. 


    podcast iconListen to the audio podcast: Art for Research exhibit, by PAHO, McMaster Health Forum, Lyons New Media Centre (Oct. 9, 2012).