Dissection Room

At Leicester we have a fantastic purpose-built dissecting room facility based in the Maurice Shock building, next to the newly built Centre for Medicine.

The room holds in excess of 250 students and, in addition to one cadaver per eight students, has a full range of anatomical resources such as models, bones, potted specimens and the state of the art Mrs HORACE which we use to teach sectional anatomy.


Medical students dissect almost the entire cadaver in their first 2 years at medical school and then revisit the dissecting room in their later student years to consolidate learning. Anatomical learning begins with the study of body tissues before later dissecting whole body systems, such as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Students also have the opportunity to test their surgical skills in competing for anatomical dissecting prizes. The facility is generously supported by members of the public in the East Midlands who donate their bodies to medical education and research.

We also have excellent IT facilities in the DR, including:

  • access to Apple TVs connected to large wall-mounted screens
  • audio-visual system allowing us to broadcast live dissections to all parts of the room from a central demonstration area.

The dissecting room is an East Midlands regional resource for undergraduate and post-graduate medical education and as such we welcome students from other parts of the university (e.g. biological sciences), as well as hosting a number of external courses (e.g. orthopaedics, ultrasound, podiatry).


Mrs H.O.R.A.C.E – A Collaboration with the University of Bristol

H.O.R.A.C.E stands for Human Online Resource for Anatomical Cross-sectional Education and was produced by the University of Bristol, Centre of Comparative and Clinical Anatomy. He is a special cadaver that has been CT scanned and then sectioned into 75 transverse slices. Each slice was then preserved in thin perspex containers such that they can be held and viewed physically whilst also reviewing the respective CT scan.The University of Leicester is now awaiting our own such resource which is being prepared by Bristol, but this time we shall be receiving a female cadaver who will be housed at Dissecting Room along with her CT images (and possibly MRIs). We anticipate she will arrive before the start of the next academic year and be permanently available for students to learn sectional anatomy and gain confidence in reading images from scans.

We welcome enquiries from prospective medical students and individuals wishing to hold a course in our facility.

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