The Interactive Museum was envisioned more than 20 year ago by Dr. Carlos A.C.Baptista, Associate Professor, Department of Neurosciences, College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
"One of the objectives that I set for myself was to create a state-of-the-art museum that was small but valuable to the combined collection of normal and pathological specimens collected over many years. The museum collections are now integrated under one roof as the Liberato DiDio and Peter Goldblatt Interactive Museum of Anatomy and Pathology. The idea was to display the normal anatomy of the organs and systems alongside examples of various pathologies. Many of the specimens displayed in the museum are rare and valuable examples of diseases. Some specimens are of historical significance, with some dating back to the early days of the Medical College of Ohio " said Dr Baptista.
Most of specimens in the collection were prepared using the technique of plastination, invented in the early 80s by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. The plastinated specimens in the collection date from 1984 to 2013. Dr. Baptista said "We recognize and honor the many students, staff and faculty over the years that have been a source of inspiration whose talent and dedication made the museum possible."
The collections of the museum will provide valuable educational resources for students in the medical science disciplines. In addition, high school students and the general public will have the opportunity to learn about health and disease when they visit the museum.
The Liberato DiDio & Peter Goldblatt Interactive Museum of Anatomy and Pathology was officially openned on December 10, 2013. The ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony took place in the lobby of the Block Health Science Building, College of Medicine and Life Sciences by Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor & Exec Vice President for Biosciences & Health Affairs, Dean of the College of Medicine & Life Sciencesand the presence of several guests including Dr. Lydia Schafer, daughter of Dr. DiDio, and Dr. Peter Goldblatt.
“We dedicate this museum in honor of those individuals who made a very personal and unselfish gift of their bodies in support of education and research.”