Friday, April 16, 2010

Bodies Revealed Exhibit Returns to Sacramento on April 24th

The Bodies Revealed exhibit returns to Sacramento on April 24th and runs through summer. This anatomical exhibition features 14 real, whole and partial body specimens that have been meticulously dissected and preserved through an innovative process, giving visitors the opportunity to view the complexity of their own organs and systems.

The exhibition will feature more than 200 specimens never before seen in California, including whole body specimens posed in a combination of dramatic athletic and artistic movement including baseball catcher and pitcher, violinist and bicyclist. Authentic human specimens dramatically illustrate the damage caused to organs by overeating, lack of exercise and disease—more powerful than any textbook image.

Additionally, the exhibition will feature a groundbreaking new design with video and interactive features, modern lighting and an open floor plan that allows visitors to experience each gallery at their own leisurely pace—exploring the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body.

I was able to speak with Dr. Roy Glover, Chief Medical Director for Bodies Revealed, yesterday via telephone. His enthusiasm in the study of anatomy was quite evident, and though I saw the exhibit two years ago when it was in Sacramento, I am very excited to walk through it again. Dr. Glover (also from Ohio) tells me that there are 11 new bodies on display this time around. Dr. Glover is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He taught Anatomy for more than 30 years at the University of Michigan Medical School where he also developed and ran the universities Polymer Preservation Laboratory until he retired in 2004.

His studies in anatomy have covered all parts of the topic, but his focus and greatest interest has been in neuroanatomy. "Without it, our bodies would be useless," Dr. Glover said.

When asked about the exhibit coming back to Sacramento he said, “Northern Californians have embraced this remarkable exhibition and we are thrilled to meet the demand for its return. It is more powerful and memorable than ever before with the new specimens and a unique design. In a region so well known for its medical excellence and passionate outdoor, active lifestyles, this is sure to enlighten, empower, fascinate and inspire.”

The real human body specimens in the exhibition are preserved through a revolutionary technique called polymer preservation. In this process, human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber. This prevents the natural decay process, making specimens available for study indefinitely. The end result is a rubberized specimen, preserved to the cellular level, showcasing the complexity of the body's many bones, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and organs. The full-body specimens can take more than a year to prepare.

“Based on the success of the first Sacramento run, we are very excited to see this expanded Bodies Revealed exhibit return to our city,” said Steve Hammond, President and CEO of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB). “Not only does it give our residents the opportunity to see a world-class traveling exhibit, it provides the SCVB with a strong attraction that will help us to draw additional visitors to this community.”

The exhibit is located at 2040 Alta Arden Way (Alta Arden at Arden Way; across from Arden Fair Mall).

For more information about the exhibit, go to From there you can also plan your visit and purchase tickets. The exhibit also has a Facebook page here, where you can become a fan.

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