Research Services

Dr. Dashner assisting researchers experimenting with an 8 Tesla MRI scanner

Advanced Anatomical Services (AAS) offers on-site assistance with anatomical and biomedical research projects, most frequently to principal investigators and other researchers at academic institutions, hospitals and biotechnology companies. Typical services include assistance with the assessment, planning or practical implementation of research projects. Most of these involve the use of human or animal materials for the purpose of testing novel biomedical applications, experimental surgical instruments and procedures, as well as other innovative biotechnologies.

Along with the dissections for teaching purposes described under Teaching Services, AAS performs similar dissections for researchers examining individual anatomical structures and can provide specific dissections of fresh or fixed anatomical materials. These dissections may involve the isolation and harvesting of organ systems, neurovascular structures or musculoskeletal tissues from human, primate, rodent or other species. Dissections of frozen specimens such as brain or other anatomical tissues can also be performed, as may be required for some functional genomic research projects. Additionally, AAS can assist with the investigation and collection of skeletal remains for use in forensic studies.

Assistance with research varies greatly, but may include activities such as
harvesting structures of the human brain for radiological imaging studies

The image above demonstrates histological features of a sectioned
and stained rodent brain acquired for a biomedical research project

Research dissections may involve procedures such as harvesting
fresh animal tissues like the canine heart depicted above at necropsy

The image above shows a human brain following injection of the
vasculature that was performed as part of a research project

AAS dissection services are highly diverse, but may include exposing
and tracing nervous structures such as those seen above in the thorax

Dr. Dashner is shown above investigating skeletal remains discovered
in a wooded area, which in this case, turned out to be those of a deer


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