Abu Dhabi: Khalifa University of Science and Technology has announced the launch of the Body Museum at its College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) main campus in Abu Dhabi. The museum is part of its commitment to delivering world-class education as well as upgrading the healthcare ecosystem through discovery and research.
Furthermore, the Body Museum follows the unprecedented success of the region’s first-ever Body Worlds Exhibition, a travelling exhibition of dissected, plastinated human bodies, inaugurated by Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University, in September 2019 at the main campus.
Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President at Khalifa University, shared that “the Body Museum is the perfect addition to CMHS and Khalifa University, a consistently top-ranked institution for higher education and research in the UAE. This museum reiterates our commitment to advancing knowledge for the betterment of humanity as well as promoting Khalifa University’s legacy to lead, innovate, inspire, and transform.”
Dr. John Rock, Founding Dean at Khalifa University CMHS, commented that “as the Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences continues to make consistent progress in developing human capital, the addition of this Body Museum will play a vital role in raising awareness about medical education in the UAE and the region. We firmly believe these exhibits will encourage the community to keep away from habits harmful to the human body while serving as a simplified anatomy lesson that combines visitor education and satisfying curiosity.”
The exposition of dissected human bodies further helps in presenting both regional and systems-based anatomy in healthy adult individuals.
The museum is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at inspiring visitors and residents of the UAE to adopt a healthy lifestyle as well as consider studying medicine and health sciences.
Moreover, with plastination, it is possible to permanently display the inside of a body in a more fascinating and aesthetic way. These plastinated specimens are virtually indestructible, allowing them to be used to familiarise future doctors with the inner workings of the human body.