Department Anatomy


About us Department of Anatomy

The department of Anatomy studies the human body. We mainly focus on clinical anatomic education and neuroanatomic science research.


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Tamás Kozicz PhD
+31 (0)24 361 33 41
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Our researchers Anatomy

A list of researchers connected to this department.

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Wellcome Museum Facilities and services

The department of Anatomy also houses the Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology, which supports medical/allied-health trainees and professionals in their study and understanding of human anatomy and pathology.

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Plastination Facilities and services

We are now preparing new specimen that will be plastinated. In order to be able to plastinate these specimen, a plastination facility will be realized.

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Plastination Facilities and services

Teaching of anatomy is mainly based on demonstrations using biological specimen. The current collection of specimen is very old and most specimen need to be replaced. We are now preparing new specimen that will be plastinated. In order to be able to plastinate these specimen, a plastination facility will be realized.

Preserve

Plastination is a unique technique of tissue preservation developed by dr. Gunther von Hagens in Heidelberg, Germany in 1978. With the invention of plastination it has become possible to preserve decomposable specimen in a durable and lifelike manner.

Plastinated specimen are dry and odourless, they retain their natural surface relief and are identical with their state prior to preservation down to the microscopic level. More importantly, these specimen can also be used in educational settings outside the dissection hall.

Properties

In the plastination process, water and lipids in biological tissues are replaced by curable polymers specifically for this technique (silicone, epoxy, polyester) during four main steps: fixation, dehydration (tissue water and lipids are replaced by acetone), impregnation (vacuum forces the acetone out of and the polymer into the specimen), and hardening (the impregnated specimen is hardened by exposing it to a hardener). The type of polymer used determines the optical (transparent or opaque) and mechanical (flexible or firm) properties of the impregnated specimen.


Histology Facilities and services

In the histology lab of the department of Anatomy tissue is prepared for qualitative and quantitative analysis.

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Histology Facilities and services

In the histology lab of the department of Anatomy tissue is prepared for qualitative and quantitative analysis. Most tissue is collected from experimental animal studies. These studies are performed at the central animal laboratory of Radboud University after approval of the animal experimental committee.

Human tissue

In addition, research is carried out on human tissue, this is in collaboration with the clinic (department of Neurology, department of Pathology, department of Orthodontics and Oral Biology). Using histological techniques, we aim to demonstrate differences in morphology or in amount and/or location of specific proteins in these tissues. In this way, we hope to get more insight in several physiological processes.

Conservation

For the conservation of the experimental animal tissue, we use the perfusion technique. In order to be able to do histology, the fixed tissue is cut in sections. Depending on the histological technique, we use a rotation microtome, sliding microtome, cryostat, vibrating blade microtome and/or an utramicrotome to slice the tissue. Besides the standard staining techniques, specific immunohistochemical stainings and in situ hybridisation techniques are performed in our lab.

Analysis

By comparing the stained sections of different individuals with each other, differences between experimental groups can be elucidated. For the analysis, a computerized image analysis system is used (Neurolucida or Stereo Investigator, MicroBrightField). For the presentation of the results, equipment is available to make (digital) macro-and microphotographs.


Education

The Department of Anatomy also houses the lecture rooms for pratical education.


Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

This department is affiliated with RIHS. The research at this institute aims to improve clinical practice and public health.

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Patient care

This department also offers patient care.

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Getting there

Entrance: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Route: 109

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Getting there

Visiting address

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Geert Grooteplein 27
6525 EZ Nijmegen

Postal address

Post 109 Anatomy
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Directions

Enter building at: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Follow route 109
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