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Is there a link between brain disease, creativity?

Dorothy Porter, Ph.D., professor of the History of Health Sciences, University of California-San Francisco, will speak on the topic, “Creativity and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a History of Parkinson’s Disease,” 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the Onley Gallery inside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St.

Porter is researching anecdotal data that supports a link between brain degeneration and the emergence of a newfound creativity, whether in art, music or other artistic outlet.

The presentation is free and open to the public. While there, visitors can view the art exhibit by Fountain Hills resident Ed Ciolina, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago. It was after his diagnosis that Ciolina began painting in a style of abstract expressionism.

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