Night at the Museum of Anatomy: Spotlight on Glasgow

Thursday November 28th 2019 – Doors open at 5:45pm

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Well, it's back yet again by popular demand! Night at the Museum of Anatomy - Spotlight on Glasgow will truly showcase the amazing work that has gone on, and is currently happening, in Glasgow, in relation to anatomy. We have teamed up again with our friends and partners from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art as well as many anatomy colleagues to bring you this much anticipated event. This event will be held in the Anatomy Facility, Thomson Building  University of Glasgow.

We warmly invite you to our event to see how anatomical education, training, research and clinical applications has evolved in Glasgow. We will showcase some of our major specimens from the Hunterian and Cleland collections, including bones and pathologies. You will also be able to see hands on how ultrasound is used as the new stethoscope in clinically applied anatomy practice, observe a sheep heart dissection to show the valves and chambers inside and see the applications of digital technologies in visualising the human body. Participate in revolutionary cutting edge technology by using our virtual reality headsets which give an unparalleled unique visualisation of the human body. We will also feature the ever popular body painting stall where you can join in and see anatomy come to life in an exciting and novel way. This event will be opened by Professor Paul M. Rea and Professor Fabio Quondamatteo.

1. Teaching and Studying Anatomy in Glasgow – A historical perspective by Ianto Jocks


Explore the rich history of anatomy at the University of Glasgow by examining historical preparations up close and learn what it was like to study anatomy here in the 18th and 19th century. Ranging from elephants’ blood vessels and two-tailed lizards to unusual kidneys and signed hearts, the selected specimens highlight the extensive scientific interests and anatomical skills behind the Museum’s collections, as well as their historical background and educational value.


2. Anatomical Body Painting by Catherine MacRobbie and Art-Beat: Art & Anatomy Edinburgh, part of Anatomy@Edinburgh


Learn the anatomy of your own body by painting it. This hands-on workshop will reveal what lies beneath the surface of your skin and you can even try painting on yourself and your friends! An anatomical artist will be painting the bodies underlying structures revealing our fascinating concealed anatomy. Give body painting a try yourself or volunteer to be painted by one of our anatomical artists. Basic techniques will be demonstrated so that everyone will feel confident enough to give body painting a try. Enjoy the process of getting hands-on to discover your anatomy and enjoy learning through seeing your images coming alive in the flesh! 

Art-Beat: Art & Anatomy Edinburgh, part of Anatomy@Edinburgh, link Medical professionals, Anatomists and Artists with students and the public to aid in their understanding of the human body by recreating the anatomy through artistic methods.

3. Inside the heart by Dr Jenny Clancy


A chance to find out how the anatomy of the heart helps keep blood circulating round the body. We will dissect sheep hearts to explore the chambers of the heart. This includes features such as the heart valves that ensure blood flows in the correct direction. We will also consider the potential consequences of damage to these structures and relate this to heart disease as well as current medical treatments and research.


4. MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy by Dr Matt Poyade and Colleagues

A unique opportunity to be part of the digital transformation of biomedical education and communication. This programme provides the required training to become a creative technologist and interactive communicator in the field of life sciences. It combines actual cadaveric dissection with 3D digital reconstruction, interaction, visualisation and medical illustration using state of the art virtual reality facilities. Come to have a try at a series of outcomes from postgraduates students and previous research.


5. Ultrasound: the new stethoscope by Dr Ourania Varsou


Did you know that the first diagnostic ultrasound was developed and used by Professor Ian Donald with his colleagues Tom Brown and Dr John MacVicar at the University of Glasgow? 


Professor Ian Donald became fascinated with the idea of using radar and sonar techniques in medical diagnostics during the Second World War. Sonar and the way ultrasound works is actually very similar to how dolphins “see” the world. They send out sound waves and then detect the sound waves that bounce off nearby objects. Nowadays, medical ultrasound is one of the most commonly used imaging techniques. 


Join us to find out more about how ultrasound works, see one of the most technologically advanced pocket-sized ultrasound devices and get some hands-on experience scanning one of our bespoke training phantoms (artificial devices that simulate human structures).


6. The Brain in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry RCPSG by Kirsty Earley, Ross McGreorgor and Clare Harrison


2019 marks the 140th anniversary of the first successful brain tumour operation performed by Glasgow surgeon, William Macewen. Our exhibition explores the ground-breaking work of Macewen and delves deeper into the history of our understanding of the brain - from research and treatments to the amazing advances in surgical operations. We also take a look at how our approach to mental health and wellbeing has changed over the centuries


7. Skeleton Stories by Dr Eilidh Ferguson

Each skeleton has a story to tell. The bones of the human body can give us clues as to how a person lived or died. They can inform us about an individual’s age, sex, height and whether they were healthy or suffered from disease in life. Visit our exhibition to uncover the stories behind some of the bones in the world-renowned Hunterian Collection.   


Please note, this event is one ticket per person. No group bookings are accepted. If multiple reservations are required each person or nominated person must complete a ticket form.

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Starts: Thursday, November 28th 2019 at 6:00pm
Doors open: 5:45pm
Ends: Thursday, November 28th 2019 at 8:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: November 22nd 2019


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