News at Medicine - May 2016 - Body Works returns on May 28!

Body Works returns on May 28!
May 26, 2016
The dead will teach the living this Saturday, May 28 when the Faculty of Medicine hosts Dr. Shakti Chandra’s Body Works exhibit for the third time.
The eye-catching event will take place in the Medical Education Centre atrium on the St. John’s campus from 1 – 5 p.m..
In the exhibit, plastinated specimens prepared by Dr. Chandra, a professor of anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, will provide attendees with an educational experience about the human body.
Dr. Shakti Chandra

The free exhibit is open to all interested in knowing more about the anatomy of the human body. Attendees have the opportunity to see real bones and organs that have been plastinated; whole bodies will be available for viewing.

Other displays in the exhibit provide additional health awareness by looking at healthy organs compared to damaged and unhealthy ones. For example, the lungs of a smoker versus the lungs of a non-smoker could be compared.

Dr. Chandra created the specimens for teaching during her sabbatical year 2011-12 in Germany with Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Dr. Hagens is the inventor of the unique plastination technique and creator of the Body Worlds exhibition that travels internationally.

“I am grateful to all those who have donated their bodies to science. They made the ultimate gift,” said Dr. Chandra. “The intentions of the Body Works exhibits is to educate people about their own body, encourage people to pay more attention to their body, make healthier lifestyle choices and to possibly spark an interest in health-related fields.”

The following video gives a brief history and overview of the exhibit.

The specimens in the exhibit will continue to teach students and the public for many years to come.

Body Works exhibition is happening this Saturday, May 28, 1-5 p.m. in the atrium of the Medical Education Centre, Clinch Crescent, St. John's, NL.

Parking will be available in lot 9L and lot 27 (the parking garage across from the Medical Education Centre).