The Anatomy Laboratory at BSMS is located in the Medical Teaching Building on the University of Sussex Campus and was opened in 2003. In 2018, the facility was expanded and updated (~£750,000) to include a student changing room area, three Dissecting Rooms (DR), a prosection/preparation area, an office and staff changing area with toilets and shower and state of the art Digital Learning and IT systems. In addition to this we acquired a new anatomy seminar room in 2021. The seminar room is a dedicated space for dry laboratory teaching and may be used for living anatomy and ultrasound teaching, non-human based surgical simulation, as well as lecture and seminar-based teaching.
The Dissecting Rooms house a collection of over a thousand museum pots and human bones that are all used for teaching. These demonstrate both ‘normal' and pathological anatomy and range in age to recently acquired specimens to those that are over 100 years old.
The Anatomy Laboratory is licensed under The Human Tissue Act 2004, regulated by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). It holds both a HTA Anatomy Licence and a Public Display Licence, so that quality teaching and training sessions can be held for students and professionals alike. The licence holder is the Registrar of the University of Sussex and the day-to-day responsibilities for the licence reside with the 'Designated Individual' (Prof Claire Smith).
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The Anatomy Laboratory and seminar room can accommodate a total of 160 and 30 learners respectively although this may vary depending on external equipment e.g. x- ray C arms.
We can provide a range of specimens for courses including cadaveric full body and prosections. We use a range of techniques, including fresh frozen, soft fix and traditional fix, to suit your needs. Our dissection rooms are also set up with the latest large screens and video streaming and operating theatre lights to aid learning.
With our full time, dedicated staff, we can help to individually tailor your course to your leaning outcomes and can lead or support sessions and teaching. Additionally, we have a team of anatomy demonstrators who can offer their assistance if required.
All use of the facilities is subject to a charge. Full draft costings are always provided prior to hire agreement. If you are interested in using our facilities to explore new surgical techniques or to improve student learning, then please contact the Anatomy team and we will contact you as soon as possible.
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"First time for me at Brighton and it was excellent. Good cadavers. Good support from technicians who were really hands on as well."
"Dear Anatomy Team at BSMS,
Hope you are well and do not mind me reaching out.
Thank you enormously for being such a pleasant department on the day of the orbital course! As a junior colleague, I was so impressed with the facilities and resources that were available on the course. Thank you!"