About us Department of Anatomy
The research of the Department of Anatomy focusses on vascular risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer Disease and the impact of nutrition on brain structure and function from mouse to men.
he research is performed in the Preclinical Image Center PRIME in the animal facilities of the Radboudumc where cutting edge translational neuroimaging data is combined with behavior, cognition and motor skills in mouse models for hypertension stroke obesity and Alzheimer’s.
The ongoing human studies comprise a post mortem neuroimaging study on cerebral small vessel disease in human brains from people who had chronic hypertension during life and a neuroimaging study on Influence of Bariatric Surgery on cognition and brain structure in morbid obese persons (BARICO study).
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.
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.
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.
EducationThe Department of Anatomy also houses the lecture rooms for pratical education.
Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Geert Grooteplein 27
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Postal addressPost 109 Anatomy
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen