Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which one sense perception elicits the response of another. For example, a "synesthete" might hear a color or taste a smell. while pronounced forms of the condition are rare, it is not uncommon to experience some feeling of intermingled or blurred sensory perception at some point in life. For Chicago-based artist Stevie Hanley, it is these moments of "everyday synaesthesia" that inform the body of work presented here at the International Museum of Surgical Science. In "Synaesthetica," Stevie Hanley compiles these crossed experiences as an intricate web of metonymy and double entendres.
4th Floor North is a history lab. It exists as part of the International Museum of Surgical Science's mission to conduct innovative research on its own unique collection of surgical instruments and paraphernalia, art and artifacts and archival materials. 4th Floor North exhibits an ever-changing conversation between the Museum Curator, the Artists in Residence, who utilize the gallery for research and as studio space, and the Museum's permanent collection. The objects on display are changing constantly, and reflect the diversity of the collection and the researchers who work with it.
Diagnostic Detectives: Pathology in Modern Medical Practice
Pathology is the science of the causes and effects of disease in the body. This new exhibit at the IMSS looks at the process of laboratory diagnostics as detective work, and includes a rich display of historic microscopes and calculi.
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of:
Arno Roscher, MD
Sheryl P. Bury-Michals
Michael J. Misialek, MD
The Body Illustrated
The Museum's exhibit on the life and work of Andreas Vesalius uses the occasion of the medieval anatomist’s 500th birthday to celebrate the historic breadth of medical illustration, both in its didactic and discursive capacities. The exhibit uses Vesalius' six volume Magnum Opus “De humani corporis Fabrica” (or, “On the Fabric of The Human Body”), as a central tether for artifacts, illustrations, prints and manuscripts pulled from the IMSS permanent collection. Featuring 18th century surgeon's kits, human skulls and antique prints of the Fabrica itself, “The Body Illustrated” showcases anatomy and medical illustration as an exploration of the body's intricacy and a celebration of form.
This exhibit is partially sponsored by a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
The new Rx for Success health career center at the International Museum of Surgical Science is designed to enlighten students of all ages, health professionals, and members of the public about the rich variety of occupations currently available within the health sciences. Among the promising career possibilities highlighted are professions in health information management, medical laboratory science, biomedical engineering, radiology, and medical illustration.
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On the cutting edge of medicine today is a field called surgicogenomics that is emerging from the intersection of genetics and stem cell research and surgical practice.
While the surgeons of history had to rely on their eyes alone, and those of the 20th century saw through the lens of medical imaging, surgeons in the present Genomic Era can look at their patients on the molecular level, examining the genes that provide a complete set of instructions for the creation and functioning of their bodies. Based on this information, surgeons can more accurately determine when and how to operate, avoid potential complications, and predict the outcome of treatment.
Moreover, today’s surgeon can draw from recent amazing successes in animal studies demonstrating the use of stem cells in therapeutic transplantation for the purpose of curing a wide range of especially difficult genetic diseases, including heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In particular, the use of patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (IPSC), just discovered in 2007, will allow the surgeon to perform transplants without the threat of immune rejection.
The complete map of the human genome was finished in 2003 by a private enterprise headed by Craig Venter in collaboration with the federally and internationally funded Human Genome Project. The precise sequence of the 3.2 billion nucleotide base pairs that make up this human genetic blueprint now guide the hand of today’s surgeon and will point the way toward unknown territory—the New World of tomorrow’s regenerative and stem cell medicine.
THE CUTTING EDGE An Introduction to Surgicogenomics
GENES, MUTATIONS, & DISEASES The Basics: Chromosomes, DNA, Genes, & Proteins, How a Protein Is Made from a Gene, & How Mutations Cause Disease
GENOMIC TECHNOLOGY Its Revolutionary Role in Medicine, Florescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH), DNA Microarrays, Knockout Mice, Targeted Gene Inactivation, & Whole Genome Sequencing
GENETICS, GENOMICS, & SOCIETY Genetic Counseling, Societal Implications, & Other Important Uses for Genomic Technology
OVERVIEW Specific Genes & Corresponding Genetic Conditions of Bodily Systems & Organs
BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM Meningioma & Astrocytoma, Parkinson’s Disease, & Huntington’s Disease
HEART Myocardial Infarction, Congenital Heart Disease, & Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome
VASCULATURE & LUNGS Marfan Syndrome, Behçet’s Disease, & Cystic Fibrosis
GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT Obesity, Lynch Syndrome, & Crohn’s Disease
MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, & Sex-Linked Inheritance
ENDOCRINE/REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2 & Breast Cancer
GENES, STEM CELLS, & REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Recombinant DNA Technology, Gene Therapy, & Embryonic, Adult, & Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
ABOUT THE ADVISORS Tobias D. Raabe, Ph.D. & Arno A. Roscher, M.D.
Arno A. Roscher, M.D. is a long-term, accomplished anatomical and clinical pathologist teaching at the University of Southern California, as well as a distinguished fellow of the International College of Surgeons. To learn more about Dr. Arno A. Roscher please click here.