Musee d’Anatomie Delmas-Orfila-Rouviere

 

France | Paris

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France’s largest collection of anatomical models and specimens began as small collection cultivated by Honore Fragonard (a professor of anatomy at the University of Paris). The collection was enhanced by Mathieu Orfila ( the dean of Medicine at U. of Paris), after he visited London’s Huntarian. In true french patriotism he sought to out shine the British. The museum contains specimens of humans and animals, including embryological reconstructions and pieces of neuro-anatomy.

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Honore Fragonard

Musée d’Anatomie de Montpellier

 

France | Montpellier

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The oldest and the largest anatomy museum in France, the museum is situated inside the world famous and historic University of Montpellier. Structured with wide Doric columns, the museum‘s collections were listed as historic monuments in 2004. The museum’s educational dimension cannot be missed amidst the eeriness which envelops it. The main features of the museum are: -Deformed foetuses preserved in jars -Human and animal skeletons -An “ethnological” collection of skulls.

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Kings College, London: The Gordon Museum of Pathology

 

England | London

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Gordon museum is the largest medical museum in the United Kingdom located in Kings College, London. Their collection includes many historically important artifacts including the Joseph Towne anatomical and dermatological wax models, the Lam Qua pre-operative tumour paintings and the specimen and artefact collections of Hodgkin, Thomas Addison, Bright and Astley Cooper.

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University College London: Grant Museum of Zoology

 

England | London

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Founded in 1828, the Grant Museum houses over 67,000 specimens, covering the entire Animal Kingdom. Their collections include some rare and even extinct animal skeletons such as the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo. The Brain Collection Most of the specimens were originally brought from the Gordon museum. Each brain is preserved in alcohol and suspended in glass jars. The collection is made up entirely of mammals, except for a single turtle, allowing the visitors a comparative tour of mammalian brains. The brains were collected from Africa, Asia, South America and Australia and Europe. Most of the brains are whole, a few have been dissected to show the internal anatomy. Of particular interest are the tiger cub that was only a few hours old, and the domestic dog. The dog’s brain has been annotated and each section of the brain sports a tiny label that has been stapled to it.

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The Museum of Anatomy in Innsbruck

 

Austria | Innsbruck

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The university of Innsbruck, founded by the emperor Leopold I, started its first lectures in 1672. The first anatomical professorship was given to Prof. Theodor Friedrich von STADTLENDER on April 22th 1689. The most important instrument for instructions in anatomy was then, as it is today, the human body. The „Letztwillige Verfügung“, i.e. the disposition of one’s body by will, did not exist in the 17th century. Therefore it was quite a problem to procure corpses and opportunities for dissection, the more so since the dissecting of people was thought to be a sin by many people. One possibility to get suitable corpses for dissection, however, there was: the anatomy professor could try to acquire from the hangman the dead bodies of persons who had been sentenced to death (death penalty being the customary punishment then for many crimes).

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Brain Museum of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

 

United States | Buffalo

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Brain Museum

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Taken as a whole, the Brain Museum’s collection demonstrates how the components of our nervous systems work together. Visitors can see the brain’s layers and internal structures firsthand and view them from different angles.

At the original South Campus location, almost 90 beautifully illuminated brain specimens highlight anatomical features such as the corpus callosum, hippocampus and cerebellum. Pathological specimens show conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral aneurysms and hydrocephalus.

Dissections show the full pathways for vision and hearing, and photographs offer closer views of the brain’s intricate structures. A display that highlights the achievements of groundbreaking researchers in neuroanatomy sets the discipline in its historical context.

The museum also houses a world-class collection of slides that display stained cross-sections of brain tissue, which medical students and researchers can consult by arrangement with the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences.

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Harold Brody, MD

Second location at th Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Human Brain Tissue Repository

 

India | Bangalore

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Human Brain Bank

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The Brain Bank located in the ground floor of Neurobiology Research Centre, has continued the mandated activities of (a) collection of donated brains from cases of Neurodegenerative and Infective conditions (b) collection of brains from victims of Road Traffic Accidents, as relatively normal controls (c) Distribution of the brain tissue, CSF and serum for investigative studies. These brain specimens were collected following written informed consent from close relatives. During the year 2013-2014, brains were collected from cases of schizophrenia, stroke, brain mass lesion, HIV and TBM – two cases each. In addition 32 fresh brain biopsy samples following epilepsy surgery were collected and stored only after taking the tissue for diagnostic work. These samples were stored at -86oC. Forty four cadaver hearts from victims of road traffic accidents were collected and provided for homograft transplantation to Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre, Manipal Hospital and Narayana Hrudayalaya. Required brain tissues from various anatomical areas, CSF samples from normal controls and diseased states were distributed to 15 scientists for their research work throughout India. In collaboration with Institute of Bioinformatics, proteomics studies were continued in cases of tuberculous meningitis, cryptococcal meningitis, toxoplasma encephalitis, cerebral malaria, rabies encephalitis and schizophrenia. In these studies some seminal observations were reported.

Human Brain Bank is actively involved in promotion of neuroscience and public awareness programmes about cadaver organ donation and brain donation. Limited number of teaching slides of neuroinfections has been provided to various institutions across the country for teaching purposes. The staff of HBTR participated in the annual conference of Indian Epilepsy Association, Bangalore Chapter as volunteers. During the exhibition, 950 school children, 100 teachers from 9 schools visited the exhibition. The co-ordinator of the Brain Bank has been conducting classes in Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology as a part of Ph.D Neuroscience module and to the DM/MCh/MD Pathology students posted in Department of Neuropathology. As a public awareness event, Organ Donation Day with the distribution of green ribbon was conducted on 6th August 2013 by Mr.Suresh Parmar (Sr.Research Fellow, HBTR) and Mr.Raveendra, NRC Receptionist. Sixty seven research scholars and trainees working in various section of NRC and some administrative staff pledged their organs/brain by signing the consent form and donor card. Many more are coming forward. Healthy Heart Association of Bangalore felicitated Dr.S.K.Shankar and Dr.Anita Mahadevan for their contribution in popularizing the organ donation, Brain Banking and promotion of neuroscience in schools and colleges. Seven research articles have been published during the year utilizing the material from the Brain Bank, the Principal Co-ordinator and Associate Co-ordinator as co-authors.

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Dr. Charles Irwing Smith

Neuropathology Brain Museum

Kawasaki Medical School Medical Museum

 

Japan | Kurashiki

From Monday to Friday: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

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In the spring of 1970, Kawasaki Medical School opened.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Kawasaki medical school’s foundation, an educational museum of medicine was built in 1981 to facilitate the independent learning of medical and postgraduate students.
In this museum, the collected materials focus on the exposition of modern medicine rather than on historical materials. Students are able to instruct themselves by examining the exhibited specimens and to solidify their understanding. Practicing physicians are also welcome to visit the museum to further their medical education. It is also designed to propagate knowledge of medicine and health care to the general public.

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Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum

 

Japan | Fukui

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Dinosaur Brain Power

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We exhibit various brain models of modern animals and introduce the whole vertebrate brain.

Explain what kind of fine bone the Tyrannosaurus skull is made of, and how the brain fits into the cavity (end cast) in the skull.

ntroducing the history of dinosaur brain research that started with a sample of a skull that was cut in half.

A detailed explanation of the dinosaur brain revealed by research using a CT scanner, and
the dinosaur ecology that was found from it, by classification of dinosaurs.

Brain research is also underway at the dinosaur Fukui Benattle discovered in Fukui Prefecture . Introducing the ecology of Fukui Benatle that was revealed as a result
and the changes in the excavation sites that were discovered.

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Zhejiang Nature Museum







 
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