| Leonardo/ISASTwith Arizona State University

Naila Kuhlmann

Postdoctoral researcherat McGill University ; National Circus School
Photo by Alex Tran, part of "Data Projections" series
Focus area: Body, Self

Naila Kuhlmann is a post-doctoral fellow in the BIAPT lab, and an associated researcher with the Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC). After completing a PhD in neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, in which she studied the neurobiology of Parkinson's disease, Naila reoriented herself to explore how the arts can serve as a link between scientific research and the lived experience of illness. She began her postdoc in 2020 by leading Piece of Mind, an arts-based knowledge translation project in which neuroscientists, performing artists, and people affected by neurodegenerative conditions came together to co-create performances on Parkinson's disease and dementia. Her current participatory research investigates how lived and felt (e.g. embodied) experiences can be conveyed through the combination of arts and immersive technologies.

Journal Articles:
Artists’ Articles

Piece of Mind: Presenting the Lived Experience and Scientific Research of Parkinson’s Disease through an Artistic Lens

February 2024
Artists’ Articles

Piece of Mind: Mobilizing Scientific and Experiential Knowledge of Dementia through the Arts

October 2023