Projects
Name
Applied Morphology: from theory to practice
University
Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas da Santa Casa de Sao Paulo (FCMSC-SP)
Domain
Anatomy
Departement
Department of Morphological Sciences ? 61, Cesario Motta Jr St - 01221-020 Sao Paulo
Head
Mirna Duarte Barros BSc, PhD
Tutor
Bianca Maria Liquidato MD, PhD
Languages
English (required), Italian and Spanish
Duration
4 weeks
Availability
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
Lots of students underestimate the real importance of accurate morphology knowledge to guide them towards clinical studies. In this project we offer a unique experience in to learnmorphology and develop training on preparing morphological material used for Histology and Anatomy classes at one of the most prestigious departments at Santa Casa Medical School. With the morphology skills learned, the student will catalogue variants of the regular morphology fromthe analyzed specimens. The project aim is to analyze the variants of the human anatomy and histology, through practical activities at the Histology Laboratory and dissection activities at the Anatomy Laboratory. The students will use histology and histochemical techniques in order to process biological tissue slides, and will dissect anatomical specimens. The incomings will be able to take lessons at the department if the tutor believes it to be appropriate or necessary, and had previously studied histology and anatomy. The student should dissect an entire body part, prepare histological slices and write a report about the variety of the anatomical and histological structures analyzed. That report will guide the construction of a poster to be presented at a Morphology congress/event.
What is the aim of the project?
The project aim is to analyze the variants of the human anatomy and histology, through practical activities at the Histology Laboratory and dissection activities at the Anatomy Laboratory.
What techniques and methods are used?
The students will learn histology and histochemical techniques of how to process biological tissue slides, as well as dissection techniques in real human body anatomical specimens.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is expected to attend all activities assigned by Dr Barros and her team. She is very friendly and patient but she demands commitment and responsibility.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
The incomings will be able to take lessons at the department if the tutor believes it to be appropriate or necessary, and had previously studied histology and anatomy.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
- The student will prepare an abstract
- The student’s name will be mentioned in a future publication
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
The student needs to have good knowledge of Histology and Anatomy. There are no legal limitations.

Articles:
Laryngeal support device enhances the learning of laryngeal anatomy and voice physiology.Curcio DF, Behlau M, Barros MD, Smith RL.Anat Sci Educ. 2012 Jul-Aug;5(4):241-5. doi: 10.1002/ase.1276. Epub 2012 Mar 29.

Absence of the musculocutaneous nerve: a rare anatomical variation with possible clinical-surgical implications.Fregnani JH, Maca MI, Pereira CS, Barros MD, Macéa JR.Sao Paulo Med J. 2008 Sep;126(5):288-90.

Integrative learning in morphology: philosophical grounds of the founding educators of the Santa Casa School of Medical Sciences. Curcio, DF, Maca, JR, Barros MD. J. Morphol. Sci., 2012, vol. 29, no.02. p. 108-110.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
No
Hours
7
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
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