MORPHOLOGY LABORATORY IS ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED IN THE COUNTRY

STUDENTS FROM ALL HEALTH PROGRAMS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE ADDITION OF PLASTINATE SAMPLES AND THE EXPANSION OF THIS SPACE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.



October 17, 2017

One of the most modern laboratories of morphology of the country, with formaldehyde-free plastinate samples, was inaugurated by the University of Talca to put it at the disposal of the students of their seven health programs, including Obstetrics in 2018.

The amount invested in plastinate material and in the expansion of the laboratory amounted to 140 million pesos (US$ 220,000 approx.), and its inauguration was part of the program of the 36 anniversary of our Academic Institution.

It is a 122-square-meter area, part of which is the extension, where three dissection tables, a cold chamber to keep human bodies and body segments and four negatoscopes or light boxes that allow students to perform image examinations in the internships of the health programs, such as nuclear magnetic resonance, CT scans and x-rays.

This space with lighting, acoustic, and temperature conditions ideal for the development of academic activities with the support of plastinate anatomical parts, 224 horizontal cuts, a complete human body and 13 samples of body sections, which are added to the already existing ones.

One of the distinctive aspects of this laboratory is that, unlike others in Chile, it uses a preservative that does not represent a risk to the health of students and professors. In this way the use of formaldehyde is eradicated, a compound that is considered to be carcinogenic.

President Alvaro Rojas stressed the human sense at the opening of the new lab, emphasizing the meaning of placing at the disposal of the people the new advances. "In this particular case we make available to our students, future health professionals, the facilities of the best possible level, in a subject so delicate and sensitive as is the morphology, with which to work," he said.

For its part, the dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Carlos Padilla, stressed that the facilities are equipped with “the most modern in existence at the global level, the plastinates" and he added that the students "are going to have a knowledge they could not achieve before."

For the director of the Department of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Bernarda López, the investment allows to "keep this area of knowledge in the level that a complex university, such as the University of Talca, requires."

He explained the plastination technique that replaces body fluids and lipids by a polymer - such as resin or silicone – to obtain actual preparations with an indefinite duration, clean and odor free, which allows to handle them with bare hands. He added that it also creates a healthier environment for students and academics.

Lopez said that close to 600 students follow classes each year in the laboratory of Morphology Module, transversal to all programs in the health area, and a fundamental base in the training of students. "There is no doubt that all these improvements will impact positively in the training of our students and they allow us to be distinguished as one of the best units of morphology at the regional and national level," he said.

In this context, second-year Dentistry student Yahir Ferrada, stated that the "plastinate samples show faithfully the actual distribution of anatomical structures in the human body, with very neat and accurate cuts, which is very beneficial for our learning and our training as surgeons". He indicated that it is also a great step forward for the students of the other health programs.



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