FROM SENSATION TO STANDARD
Plastination is an internationally recognised scientific process. There are about 400 plastination laboratories in 40 countries which create plastinated spacimens for the instruction of students, as well as scientific applications.
FR:EIA – AN ANATOMICAL WORLD PREMIER
FR:EIA (Fascia Revealed: Educating Interconnected Anatomy) the first 3-D plastinated human fascia specimen shows the complex and extremely unstable network of connective tissues throughout the whole body, down to the smallest detail. It is the first specimen of this type in the world and can be seen at the BODY WORLDS museum in Berlin.
50 MILLION VISITORS
BODY WORLDS, an exhibition of excellence: after 24 years of work in medical education on the human body, the creators of BODY WORLDS welcomed their 50 millionth visitor on November 27, 2019. This makes BODY WORLDS the most successful special exhibition of all times and marks a milestone in the history of anatomy.
20TH ANNIVERSARY OF BODY WORLDS
The BODY WORLDS exhibition celebrates its 20th anniversary. At this time the exhibition had been seen on 6 continents, more than 30 countries and 140 cities.
The team of experts at the Plastination Centre in Guben turn their attention to implementing ever more unusual orders: A 200 kg blue whale heart for the Royal Ontario Museum is plastinated.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens is recognised by the ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) for his life`s work and his exceptional contribution to the communication of science to the general public.
Plastination takes on new dimensions with the large animal specimen “Samba”. The creation of the world’s first plastinated elephant represents the starting point for the exhibition BODY WORLDS of Animals, also known as BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out.
It becomes possible to dye plastinated body slices to order. The dying process makes it possible to differentiate between the various tissues, e.g. between tight connective tissues and musculature or the skin.
A BODY WORLDS exhibition is held for the first time at in the U.S. at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. With further exhibitions at renowned science centres, BODY WORLDS fascinates visitors across North America.
The newest developments in plastics allow for the production of mechanically resilient corrosion preparations.. In the production of venous preparations, the surrounding soft tissues is generally “corroded away” using lye or acids.
The exhibition is shown for the first time in Germany under the title KÖRPERWELTEN [BODY WORLDS]. Unlike in Japan, the exhibition in Germany generates significant public controversy.
The first public exhibition of plastinated specimens takes place at the National Science Museum in Tokyo welcoming more than 450000 visitors over four months.
With increasing developments, plastination takes on dimensions which reach their limits within the universities. Gunther von Hagens founds the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg.
Gunther von Hagens establishes his own cadaver donation program. Today, more than 20,000 donors have registered world wide. (as of August 2022).
The first “Plastination conference” takes place in Texas and the “International Society for Plastination“ (ISP) is founded. From here on, international plastination conventions take place every two years.
Plastination is being noticed at specialist conventions. In order to make the special equipment, chemicals and polymers available to other universities, Dr. Gunther von Hagens founds Biodur, a company that continues to sell supplies needed for plastination worldwide.
Dr.Gunther von Hagens spends the next 20 years as a lecturer and scientist at the Anatomical Institute in Heidelberg. He continued to further develop the technology for plastination during this time. Further individual inventions followed, such as slice plastination and numerous patent filings.
A research project on human kidneys sparked the idea for plastination. Dr. Gunther von Hagens held the first presentation-ready plastinated specimen of a kidney in his hands on January 10, 1977. This marks the invention of plastination. Dr. von Hagens saw this invention as a once in a lifetime opportunity that he would never let go of.
As an assistant at the Anatomical Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Dr. Gunther von Hagens sees specimens embedded in plastic blocks for the first time and wonders why the plastic has been poured around the specimen, instead of used to stabilize the specimen from the inside out.