Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Office and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Khalifa University, Khalifa University of Science and Technology has launched the Body Museum at its College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) main campus in Abu Dhabi.
The museum is a testament to its commitment to delivering world-class education and enhancing the healthcare ecosystem through discovery and research.
The Body Museum follows the unprecedented success of the region’s first-ever Body Worlds Exhibition, a travelling exposition of dissected, plastinated human bodies, inaugurated in September 2019 at the main campus, that remained open for six months.
The exposition of dissected human bodies focuses on presenting both regional and systems-based anatomy in healthy adult individuals. There is also a dedicated section highlighting the effects of lifestyle diseases and pathological processes on human organs.
Dr.Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President at Khalifa University, said, “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 also reiterates our commitment to advancing knowledge for the betterment of humanity as well as promoting Khalifa University’s legacy and culture to lead, innovate, inspire, and transform. The first museum in the country dedicated to medicine and health sciences is also in line with the UAE’s emphasis on creating a world-class healthcare ecosystem that ensures not only in providing care for the needy but also educating and informing, while developing trained and fully-equipped medical professionals.”
Dr. John Rock, Founding Dean at Khalifa University CMHS, said, “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 Khalifa University CMHS Body Museum is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at inspiring visitors and residents of the UAE to adopt a healthy lifestyle and 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 practically imperishable, allowing them to be employed for the training of future doctors and for educating the public about the inner workings of the human body.