The school’s ground-breaking 3D Definitive Human Anatomy was highlighted in a keynote interview with Gus Schmedlen, vice president of worldwide education at Hewlitt Packard, which was filmed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Speaking of the 3D Definitive Human Anatomy, being created in the GSA’s School of Simulation and Visualisation, Gus Schmedlen said: “Universities are the tip of the spear when it comes to research and development in the United States and we are seeing R&D happen everywhere.

“For example, the Glasgow School of Art has created a whole anatomical model in VR for use in medical education and they are hoping to export that.”

An ultrarealistic 3D model, the Definitive Human Anatomy will lead to a step change in medical and surgical teaching, education and training since uniquely it is interactive in real time, and thus enables virtual dissection and re-assembly supporting study, pre-operative planning and surgical simulation.

Ian Ritchie, the former president of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh which is partnering the GSA on the 3D Definitive Human Anatomy, described it as “a ground breaking approach to understanding anatomy which will be fundamentally important as effective surgical treatment starts with a sound understanding of anatomy”.

The recognition for the work being undertaken by the GSA on the 3D Definitive Human Anatomy comes less than a month after Alastair Macdonald, Professor of Design in Health and Care at the GSA, was awarded the accolade of Best Research in the AHRC – Wellcome Trust Health Humanities Medal for his work in antimicrobial resistance.

Professor Macdonald’s work in this field currently includes a partnership with the University of Surrey and Fitzpatrick Referrals, the practice of ‘Supervet’ Noel Fitzpatrick.



Glasgow School of Art

Interview with Gus Schmedlen