Night at the Museum of Anatomy - The Evolution of Anatomical Education

Thursday January 30th 2020
Anatomy Facility, Thomson Building, University of Glasgow

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The much-anticipated Night at the Museum of Anatomy series is back in a slightly different format, and with an invited speaker as well as the usual stalls! We have teamed up with our friends and partners at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG) and also the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) to bring this event to you.

This year we are delighted to welcome our esteemed colleague Professor Stuart McDonald along who will give a talk prior to the viewing of the stalls. Professor McDonald is a Professor of Forensic and Clinical Anatomy with a wealth of expertise in the forensic setting, historical anatomy and clinically applied anatomy, and is an extremely popular teacher and public speaker. 

A Lecture to Mark the 300th Anniversary of the Appointment of the First Professor of Anatomy at the University of Glasgow

Stuart McDonald has known the Anatomy Facility at the University of Glasgow for over 40 years. He has, thus, had ample opportunity to learn, not just about the subject of Anatomy itself, but about the many colourful characters who have taught the students and developed the scientific discipline in Glasgow. The lecture will start with the appointment in 1720 of the first Professor of Anatomy and Botany, Thomas Brisbane. Professor McDonald will relate the ensuing story of Anatomy at the University of Glasgow. He will guide the audience through its associations with William Hunter, the turbulent years of the body-snatching era, the move of anatomical teaching from the Old University on the High Street to Gilmorehill, and the technological developments since the 19th Century. He will also share some of the curious stories he has gleaned of those who have done much to ensure that Glasgow is internationally recognised as a centre of anatomical excellence.

Stuart W. McDonald Biography – Professor of Clinical and Forensic Anatomy, University of Glasgow

Stuart McDonald, a farmer’s son from Dumfriesshire, was a medical student at the University of Glasgow and took an intercalated BSc in Anatomy. After house jobs at the Western Infirmary and Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, Stuart joined the staff of Anatomy at Glasgow University, taking his PhD and commencing a career of much teaching to medical and dental students. From his student days, Stuart has participated in the meetings of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists and served as the Association’s Honorary Secretary in 1992 – 2002, as the British Editor of its academic journal “Clinical Anatomy” in 2002 – 2012 and 2013 - 2015, and as the Association’s President 2014 – 2018. Since 2006, Stuart has worked as a forensic anatomist with the Police and the University of Glasgow’s Forensic Pathologists. Stuart continues to carry out a wide range of teaching to medical, dental and science students, works closely with colleagues at the Hunterian Museum and is the lead anatomist for the MRCS examinations of the Royal Surgical Colleges of the United Kingdom and Ireland. 

Professor Fabio Quondamatteo, Head of Anatomy, University of Glasgow, will open the event.

We will then move through, as usual, to our bumper series of stalls in the Museum of Anatomy. The schedule for the event is as follows:

TitleNight at the Museum of Anatomy: The Evolution of Anatomical Education
Date and Time: 18:00-20:00 on the 30th January 2020
Venue: Museum of Anatomy, Anatomy Facility, Thomson Building, Main campus of the University of Glasgow 


18:00-18:45 Professor Stuart McDonald Talk, Large Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Facility, Thomson Building, Main campus of the University of Glasgow (next door to the museum)

18:45-20:00 Showcase of all the stalls, detailed below:

1. Historical Anatomical Books and Virtual Anatomy Museum by Dr Jenny Clancy (School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow) and Kirsty Earley (RCPSG)

Come and learn about how anatomy has been taught over the centuries by looking at an array of anatomical books held in the library collection of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, as well as a virtual replica of the Museum of Anatomy (designed by Zbigniew Jedrzejewski as part of his project for the MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy)


2. Maxillofacial Prosthetics by Barbara Anne Thomson (QEUH)

Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a clinical healthcare science that deals with the specialist rehabilitation of patients requiring treatment after a traumatic injury, cancer surgery or defects from birth causing malformation. The foundations of a maxillofacial prosthotist are working with oral surgery units alongside their dental and medically qualified surgical colleagues.  Maxillofacial Prosthetics provide artificial replacement for a missing part of the body that cannot be surgical repaired. The prosthesis is used to try to copy or mimic the part that is missing for example ears, nose and eye. They are constructed from silicone, acrylic, and can be bone anchored with titanium implants. You will be able to handle real prosthetics and discuss with a practicing clinical expert.

3. Ultrasound: the new stethoscope by Dr Ourania Varsou (School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow) 

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).


4. Interactive Virtual Reality Gallery by Dr Craig Daly and Annabel Slater, (School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow) 

Craig Daly and Annabel Slater will be demonstrating the use of 3D printing and Virtual Reality (VR) for teaching the structure of tissues. cells and proteins.  Datasets are collected from a variety of research groups withing the College or from public databases.  The data is processed in a way that enables it to be 3D printed, used in animations and games or visualised in VR.   On the night they will demonstrate a fully immersive VR gallery that houses some of the best of the data from around the college.  Expect to see blood vessels, embryos, cells and proteins all together in one fully interactive VR experience.


5. Digitisation of the Embryo for Education by Keiran Tait (Graduate of the MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy)

Embryology is a subject that fills most students in higher education with dread. Given that embryology has been traditionally taught using 2D sections viewed under microscopes, it is no surprise that it has such a poor reputation. Research has shown that students studying topics such as anatomy and histology prefer to use 3D models and graphics to help grasp difficult to visualise structures, so why not apply this to embryology?

Our exhibition features a novel application designed to help the user view and interact with a digital model embryo, reconstructed from real data. The application aims to help the user understand the 3D anatomy of the embryo whilst utilising traditional 2D microscope sections. Come try our app which has been developed as a starting point to help students overcome the complex 3D structures of the developing embryo.

6. Inform the head, familiarise the heart: teaching anatomy in eighteenth-century London by Frances Osis, Leverhulme Doctoral Scholar (School of History, University of Glasgow)

The museum’s collections originated with William Hunter, an eighteenth-century anatomist and man-midwife who taught private courses of anatomy. His teaching methods focused on using dissection and preserved specimens to engage students’ senses and help them learn anatomical features. Hunter also believed that dissection helped desensitise surgeons to cutting open the human body. Take a close-up look at some of Hunter’s teaching specimens and learn more about the senses and emotions involved in learning medicine. 


7. Medical Visualisation and 3D printing: A New Dimension for Surgical Training, Lisa Ferrie (Graduate of the MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy)

A chance to see how a patient's CT scan was transformed into an anatomically accurate, low-cost surgical training model through the use of 3D-printing technology. The model you will see is a replica of the patient's kidney and tumour and can be used by urology surgeons to practise a complex kidney cancer surgery on the da Vinci Surgical Robot known as a robot-assisted laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. 



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Starts: Thursday, January 30th 2020 at 6:00pm
Ends: Thursday, January 30th 2020 at 8:00pm

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