Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Established in 1883, the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science has a long-standing tradition of excellence and innovation in education. It is a major contributor to the health professional programs in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Our department has a vibrant research community and offers a well-rounded graduate program that trains future biomedical researchers and anatomy professionals. Our interdisciplinary research and education activities are guided by our core values of respect, collaboration, collegiality, and integrity.
Join us to begin your career in the biomedical and anatomical sciences.
Exemplary research training
We offer high-quality graduate training at both the MSc and PhD levels. Our students have the opportunity to pursue courses in a wide array of subjects related to anatomy and cell science, while developing their scientific skills in a supportive and collaborative research environment.
Our faculty conduct cutting-edge research in:
- cancer biology
- cardiovascular sciences
- musculoskeletal health
Cutting edge techniques
Graduate students have opportunity to use a variety of contemporary techniques such as:
- 3D imaging
- In situ hybridization
- Light and electron microscopy
- Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy
- Tissue culture and transplantation
Our graduate program offers a wide range of research opportunities from experimental biomedical research to functional brain imaging and medical education research.
Researchers in Human Anatomy and Cell Science lead innovative research streams within the University of Manitoba and beyond with successful collaborations and research exchange both nationally and internationally.
Our graduate courses provide fundamental skills in research methodology. We offer training in range of classic anatomical disciplines from gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology and neural development, histology, neuroimaging and morphological techniques.
Our unit has a vibrant research community with established excellence in the neurosciences, cancer biology, cardiovascular health and musculoskeletal functions.
The histology platform provides services for researchers and students to process tissues and calls for histopathological examination. We offer paraffin, cryo and electron microscopy techniques including processing, embedding, sectioning, staining and imaging.
Training takes place in the state-of-the-art Dr. George Yee Laboratory of Anatomical Sciences.
Here, we combine the traditional approach of dissection with leading educational technologies to foster an interactive and collaborative learning environment.
Students have the rare opportunity of a close contact with dissected human bodies, generously donated by individuals to whom we are eternally grateful.
Students can also virtually explore 3D-rendered bodies on 80” touchscreens and gain hands-on imaging experience with portable ultrasound devices. We facilitate clinical procedural practice using highly realistic cadaveric models, allowing trainees to hone their skills in a low-stake setting.
Watch this brief video to learn more about our anatomy lab.
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Awards and scholarships
As a department, we provide the highest quality education in fundamental and advanced anatomical sciences to learners in various professional programs in the health sciences.
Departmental graduate scholarships
- HACS Merit Award
- Ralph A. Mann Memorial Scholarship Award
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (UMGF)
- Hollenberg Award
Annual scholarship/awards offered to UGME students
- The Dr. Joseph & Dr. Dorothy Hollenberg Memorial Fund Award
Body donation program
Through the body donation program, students gain a deeper understanding of human anatomy through first-hand experience. At the same time, the program gives donors the opportunity to make an invaluable contribution to the advancement of health sciences.
Making advance arrangements can help relieve some of the stress your loved ones will face after your passing. Your advance plans will help your family decide what to do next during a very difficult time.
Faculty and staff
Our highly motivated expert faculty and staff aspire to take the anatomical education of the next generation of scientists and health professionals to the next level.
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Human Anatomy and Cell Science
130 Basic Medical Science Building
745 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0J9 Canada