Using Graphic Medicine & Visual Communication

4:30PM - 5:00PM


Graphic medicine, or the intersection between medicine and comics, is just one of the methods of visual communication that will be discussed in this session. This session will go through the use of visual communication tools like infographics, data visualization, information design, environment design and signage, use of imagery and iconography in web and app design as well as using more comics in medicine. Hear more about how graphics and images can impact everything from health equity to clinical research studies to patient health outcomes to the success of grants. At the end of this session, you’ll walk away with some new ideas for approaching your own work in the future and how you can use visuals more effectively and equitably in a way that promotes racial justice.


Alexandra Gallant

Alexandra is the Creative Designer at the Brigham Research Institute. She has been at the Brigham for twelve years, in a variety of creative, design and web roles since 2008. 

Her work at the BRI focuses on science communication and design, providing web and graphic design services to members of the Brigham research community, creative direction for events like Discover Brigham, Shark Tank, and the Brigham presence at the Cambridge Science Festival.

Prior to working at the Brigham, she studied Criminology at Northeastern University, focusing on race, gender and justice, including working as a research assistant at the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research and the Institute on Race & Justice. Her work there involved information design and web design for a database on racial profiling by law enforcement and assisted with research and data collection in that space as well.

Outside of the Brigham, she is an artist, illustrator and cartoonist whose work explores nature, science and pop culture. Her artwork has appeared in multiple issues of the Bob’s Burgers comic as well as on an episode of the TV show. She has been part of group shows in Los Angeles for Monty Python, Focus Features and the How Did This Get Made? podcast art shows.