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Are the anatomical specimens provided by Experience Anatomy real?

Yes. Our education and training courses feature fresh tissue and plastinated cadaveric human tissue.

Where do the fresh tissue specimens come from?

Tissue provided by Experience Anatomy is obtained with informed consent of donor, or donor next-of-kin, and in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. Approved protocols, proof of tissue sources, and consent forms will be maintained and available. Our fresh tissue specimens are procured through our exclusive partnership with NovaShare, a non-profit whole body donation program that provides tissue for use in training, research and education.

Are the specimens tested for disease?

Yes, all specimens are screened and tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and any other diseases specifically requested.

Can I purchase specimens from Experience Anatomy?

No, human tissue cannot be sold, bought or owned.

How are your fresh tissue specimens preserved?

Experience Anatomy has developed a proprietary soft-embalming technique that requires no cold storage, is formaldehyde-free and retains pliability and natural color

Where do the plastinated specimens come from?

All plastinated specimens are sourced through the Institute for Plastination in Guben, Germany. Every specimen curated was donated to the Institute for Plastination for the purposes of anatomy education.

How are the plastinated specimens preserved?

All specimens are preserved through the process of plastination, which yields tissue that is dry, non-toxic and odorless. If proper care is taken, plastinated specimens will last indefinitely.

Can I donate my body to Experience Anatomy?

No, Experience Anatomy does not accept donations.

How can I engage with Experience Anatomy?

There are numerous ways to get hands-on, minds-in with Experience Anatomy. Rent our venue, utilize our educational resources, or train with us. We offer professional development, continuing education, curriculum development, and a dissection club.

Can I request custom programming?

Yes! We frequently custom create or co-construct – and co-facilitate – education and training programming.

How much does it cost to participate in Experience Anatomy programming?

Experience Anatomy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. We recognize that needs vary significantly depending on the audience, their level of knowledge and the program end goal. We offer a pricing matrix that allows you to select the type and duration of programming and the resources required to deliver the curriculum. Connect with us for details.

What’s included with tissue program fees?

Our service fees include the transportation, preservation, processing, storage and disposition of tissue. All service related fees will be invoiced for each individual request. Experience Anatomy will provide estimates in advance as fees are subject to change. All service fees are final at invoicing.

I have an idea for a program or have relevant expertise to offer, can I get in touch?

Yes, please reach out. We’ve dreamed up a lot of exciting programs and unexpected partnerships, but there’s no limit to the education and training opportunities afforded by our anatomical resources.

Who is your target market?

Our clients most frequently hail from the fields of medical device development, medicine, education, prehospital care, and the military, but we’ve been known to pop up in breweries, libraries, museums, festivals and all sorts of surprising places. There’s not a warm body out there who can resist the opportunity to learn more about how humans tick.

Where is Experience Anatomy located?

Our offices are located 4340 Taggart Creek Road, Suite D, Charlotte, NC 28208 – just six minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

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