Past event - 2024
13 May 19:00-22:00
Eetcafe de Preuverij, Kakeberg 6, 6211 KN, Maastricht
Discover how educators creatively teach about the inner workings of the body and learn about a new miniature model that helps find personalized treatments for painful joint conditions!

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The untold story of imagination in medicine

Anna Harris (Associate Professor in Anthropology and Medicine at Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
When the anatomist Andreas Vesalius made his now famous atlas he was attempting to address a puzzle that continues to perplex those training doctors to this day: how to evoke the visceral, complex material nature of bodies, other than with flesh itself? In her Pub talk Anna will explore some of the wonderful and unusual ways in which educators teach medical students about inner anatomies.

Anna is a doctor, anthropologist, writer and maker who works at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University. Her research focuses on medical practices with a focus on materials, in the context of education and more recently clinical waste.

Tiny Models, Big Relief: Tailor-Made Solutions for Creaky Joints

Francesca Giacomini (PhD student at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine)
Tendons and ligaments can swell painfully at their bone connections, a condition called enthesitis. This inflammation leads to stiffness and sometimes extra bone growth. Treatments vary, often combining exercise and medication. We've created a small-scale model that mimics this inflammation. Our method not only helps in discovering new drug treatments but also allows us to develop personalized treatments using patient-derived cells.

Francesca became part of the MERLN Institute team in 2018, diving into a project focused on getting a better understanding of how soft tissues, such as tendon or ligament, connect with bones.
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