Welcome! The new Centre (CCCA) has grown out of the former Department of Anatomy, which has a long history of teaching BSc programmes in Anatomical Science and pre-clinical anatomy in a research active environment. Our research is concentrated mainly in musculoskeletal science and neuroendocrinology, and attracts intercalating students from Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science at Bristol as well as from other universities. The Centre encompasses the Vesalius Clinical Training Centre (VCTC). Through this unique facility and partnerships with academia, the NHS, Severn Deanery, medical device industry, professional organisations and our donors we deliver our vision of practically-based understanding of anatomy for clinical practice. The University has fully supported the vision and aims of the VCTC by agreeing to an extensive development of the facilities which will provide, almost doubling in size to provide even more flexible training.
Our undergraduate Anatomical Science programme (B110) will cease taking new undergraduate admissions from this year, and from 2013 will become a purely intercalated year for Medical, Dental and Veterinary students. There are opportunities to study for Masters and PhD awards in the Centre, which has a wide collaborative base with other research groups in the university and outside.
I hope you will browse the Centre’s website to become familiar with all of the Centre’s activities.
The Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy (CCCA) is a unique facility committed to delivering exceptional undergraduate teaching to medical, dental and veterinary students. The centre has both human and veterinary dissecting rooms where students are taught using effective modern technology. The centre’s research is concentrated in musculoskeletal science and neuroendocrinology, with members of each group involved in basic and applied research.
The CCCA encompasses the Vesalius Clinical Training Centre which hosts advanced and specialist courses in surgical skills and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and courses for allied healthcare professionals. The training centre is run by our highly qualified, experienced support team backed up by professional anatomists and clinicians. It is a national leader in the field offering a range of superb facilities which support the use of embalmed and fresh frozen human and animal cadaveric material, underpinning excellent training from undergraduate level to consultant surgeon.
The CCCA relies heavily on the generosity of members of the public who bequeath their bodies to the centre in order to offer this essential training. The centre also provides material and support for many clinically related research projects. The clinical training courses offered by the centre are currently dental, orthopaedic, laparoscopic and plastic surgery, and hosted in the Vesalius Clinical Training Centre.The Centre also offers its own Human Anatomy Refresher Course for external undergraduates.