Digitization of a Human Embryo Collection
Catalonia (AECS) - Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) - Sciences Faculty, Barcelona
Morphological Science Department. Human Anatomy and Embryology Unit. Entrada Sud Edifici de Ciències, Carrer de la Vall Moronta, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Barcelona
Rosa Mirapeix, MD, PhD
Rosa Mirapeix, MD, PhD
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Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
The “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” (UAB) is part of the “Digital Embryology Consortium” which is an international partnership to digitise, preserve and make available for researchers the major embryology histological collections of the world. The human embryo collections that are currently contributing to the consortium are from Australia, America (USA and Canada), Asia (Japan) and Europe (Germany, Netherlands, England and Spain). The UAB has a huge collection of human embryos and fetuses and Dra. Rosa Mirapeix is the responsable of this international project. Further information can be found in the following webpage:
What is the aim of the project?
Digitize, preserve and make available for researchers the major embryology histological collections of the world.
What techniques and methods are used?
When the fetus collection started in 1980, the Dr. Domenech-Mateu was the responsible to prepare all the death fetus fot the histological study. The samples were prepared with all the standard procedures (selection preparation, specimen reception, fixation, grossing, processing, embedding, sectioning and staining). All the information could be found in the preparatory readings. At the present time, after all those data have been collected, we are doing other tasks. The main task that the researchers are doing in this moment is introducing all the information in the database to be shared with all the world and classifying the specimens according to the age, parts of the body, anormalities…
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will be part of a team focused on this international project. Step by step he/she will be increasingly autonomous to develop the tasks assigned. Three main tasks are required: 1.- Make the database of the specimens: We use two programs: excel and access. 2.- Classify the specimens: After observing the histological cuts of the specimens, they are classified according to age, parts of the body, abnormalities..... 3.- Help with digitization: The scanner is automatic but it needs to be programmed and images needs to be interpreted. Technicians will take care of the scanner
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Each student will be assigned a staff member to assist in the tasks entrusted and to teach him/her in the work that will be done independently. Also, it will be some theoretical readings that must be read at the beginning of the exchange.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
1) To have interest to knowledge 2) To be well organised 3) To work in a team but also independently Subject passed: Basic knowledge of human anatomy Previous experience with Excel.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Pre-Medical students from the American-British system
- Students in biomedical fields