Press Releases & Statements 2007

 

BODY WORLDS 3 AT THE SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER UNVEILS INSTALLATION OF REAL ADULT & BABY CAMEL PLASTINATES

Astounding animal specimens added to exhibition inside Montgomery Bank EXPLORDOME®

ST. LOUIS, December 18, 2007—The record-breaking exhibition BODY WORLDS 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center will unveil a striking animal plastinate duo, The Camel with Baby Camel on Thursday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. inside BODY WORLDS 3 with the assistance of its Forest Park neighbor, The Saint Louis Zoo.

Visitors will marvel at the unique anatomy of a camel and its calf, and learn about the uses for the humps on the camel's back in which fat is stored. This stored fat can be broken down to supply both energy and water, which in turn makes it possible for camels to go without food or water for several days or even weeks. When these fatty reserves are broken down, the humps will shrink, causing them to fall over to one side.

"This striking pair of desert animals gives our visitors a true ‘inside look' at the adaptive structure of these magnificent creatures," said Doug King, President & CEO of the Science Center. "We can all marvel at Nature's way of matching species and habitats through design."

"Animals in the exhibit provide a platform to compare our own bodies to theirs, so that we can see how similar we actually are and how equally beautiful animals are," said Dr. Angelina Whalley, creative and conceptual designer of the exhibition.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician's 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination-von Hagens' groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.

The Saint Louis Science Center is extending the hours of BODY WORLDS 3 on certain dates during the busy holiday season to accommodate as many visitors as possible, staying open until 9:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec 26th (last ticketed entry at 8 p.m.) and opening early on Sun., December 30 at 9 a.m. Tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314.421.4400. Member-discounted tickets can be purchased at slsc.org or by calling 314.289.4464. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available.  For full ticket information, visit slsc.org

About BODY WORLDS 3
BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors-individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.com.

About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America's most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org.

Contact

For BODY WORLDS 3
Amy Burger
Phone: (314) 286-4668
          
For Saint Louis Science Center
Chris Files
Phone: (314) 289-1455

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California Premiere of Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the HeartThe Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at the California Science CenterMarch 14 – September 7, 2008

Los Angeles, CA, December 14, 2007—The California premiere of BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart opens at the California Science Center March 14, 2008 and runs through September 7, 2008. The exhibit features over 200 authentic human specimens including whole body plastinates not seen before, organs, translucent body slices, and the debut of a special presentation on the heart.

The Science Center hosted the US premiere of BODY WORLDS in 2004 and BODY WORLDS 2 in 2005. Combined, the exhibits made Science Center history with a total of more than 930,000 visitors.

Science Center President Jeffrey N. Rudolph notes that, “After the phenomenal success we experienced with BODY WORLDS, we are thrilled to host the debut of BODY WORLDS 3 in California. It’s another great opportunity to expand the scope of our educational mission and present the science of anatomy and important health messages in a way that we know will encourage further science learning and positively impact the lifestyle choices of many who see the exhibit.”

BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart
, presented by Herbalife, is organized according to the major systems of the body. This includes: the locomotive system, nervous system, reproductive system, digestive system and cardiovascular system. The exhibit also features a special presentation on the heart, revealing through the lens of anatomy, cardiology, psychology and culture how this four-chambered muscle nourishes, regulates and sustains life. Through the life-like and dramatic poses of full-body specimens and detailed presentation of organs and body parts, guests gain profound insights into the structure and function of healthy and unhealthy bodies.

As with its BODY WORLDS predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart, spanning 20,000 sq. feet, will be among the largest exhibits ever presented at the Science Center.
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the result of the German scientist and physician’s three decade long research and development endeavors in Plastination science. BODY WORLDS 3 presents specimens, both organs and whole-bodies, that have undergone Plastination—von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977. Dr. von Hagens says that this exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention.

The Process of Plastination
During Plastination, all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy, through a vacuum process. After gas, heat, or light curing, the specimens assume rigidity and permanence. “The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to educate medical students,” said Dr. Gunther von Hagens. “But the interest that laypeople had in the plastinated specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibitions, which was followed by the realization that I had to offer a heightened sense of aesthetics, to avoid shocking the public and to capture their imagination.”

The whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3 are comprised of people who, in their lifetime, donated their bodies for Plastination and the express purpose of educating future generations about health.

BODY WORLDS 3 is collaboration, a joint quest toward enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor,” says Dr. Gunther von Hagens. Over 25 million visitors in 40 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have viewed these exhibits since the first one debuted in Japan in 1996, and more than 8,000 donors, including over 700 Americans, have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

In preparation for bringing the first BODY WORLDS exhibit to the United States, the California Science Center established an Ethics Advisory Committee that assisted in the review and consideration of the exhibit. This was one in a series of comprehensive steps to ensure the educational value of the exhibit. The Science Center conducted a thorough assessment including committees of its board. The leadership determined that the exhibit was assembled in an ethical and responsible manner.

To augment the guest experience during the run of BODY WORLDS 3, the Science Center IMAX Theater will be featuring The Human Body, and Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs. Combo tickets to the IMAX films and BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart are available.

About the California Science Center & General Ticket Info The California Science Center’s mission is as follows:” We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people’s lives.”

The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive. The Science Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. BODY WORLDS 3 will have extended hours from—10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from March 14 to September 7, 2008. These hours are subject to change. Please check the Science Center website for schedule updates. Tickets for BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart are currently on sale. Guests are encouraged to buy their tickets online at www.californiasciencecenter.org. The exhibit's special group information number is (213) 744- 2019. Body Worlds admission prices are $18.95 for adults; $16.95 for seniors 62+; $12.95 for youth 12 to 18; $16.95 for students age 13+ with I.D, and $12.95 for children 3 - 11. Member rates are $13.00 for adults and $9.00 for children. Special rates for schools and other groups of 15 and over apply. Special audio guides in English and Spanish are also available at $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Audio guides for groups are $4.00, and audio guides for school groups are $3.00.

Admission to all other Science Center exhibits is free. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. More information is also available at www.californiasciencecenter.org or www.bodyworlds.com.

About Herbalife
Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutritional supplements and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 65 countries through a network of more than 1.7 million independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to bring good nutrition to children. Please visit Herbalife Investor Relations for additional information

Contact Information:
BODY WORLDS
Georgina Gomez
(213) 291-9572

California Science Center
Shell Amega, Paula Wagner, Kristina Kurasz
(213) 744-7446

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AMERICAN RED CROSS TO CONDUCT BLOOD DRIVES AT SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER IN CONJUNCTION WITH BODY WORLDS 3
First 35 presenting donors each day will receive complimentary entry into the exhibition


ST. LOUIS, December 14, 2007 – In the U.S., a blood transfusion is needed about every two seconds, and the demand for blood continues to outpace the supply. The American Red Cross will host two blood drives next week in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center and in conjunction with BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. The Blood Drives will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. The first 35 presenting donors at each clinic will receive a voucher for complimentary entry into the BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition, valid for that day only. Anyone 17 years of age or older (16-year-olds may donate with an American Red Cross parental permission slip), weighing 110 pounds or more and feeling in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

“We have always said when you donate blood to the American Red Cross, you help America,” says David A. Chumley, CEO, Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. “When we had storms that prevented us from collecting what we needed for our local hospitals, others throughout the country donated to help patients in our area.  I am personally asking all eligible donors in our region to come forward and help save lives.”

BODY WORLDS 3 tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314.421.4400.  Member-discounted tickets can be purchased at slsc.org or by calling 314.289.4464. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available.  For full ticket information, visit slsc.org.

About the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region:
The American Red Cross is a humanitarian, non-profit organization founded in 1881. The Red Cross collects almost half of the nation’s blood supply. The Missouri-Illinois Region annually distributes over 300,000 blood products to patients in need. The Region’s headquarters and National Testing Lab are located in St. Louis and currently the Region stands ready to serve over 78 hospitals in 122 counties and operates four distribution centers. The Red Cross relies on the generosity of volunteer blood donors to maintain a safe and adequate blood supply all year long. To find out more about the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region, please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or log onto www.americanredcrossblood.org.

About BODY WORLDS 3
BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors—individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information, visit www.bodyworlds.com.

Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the
James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org.

Amy Burger
Body Worlds 3
(314) 286-4668

Chris Files
Saint Louis Science Center
(314) 289-1455

Catherine Hicks
American Red Cross
(314) 658-2036

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BODY WORLDS returns to Europe with new UK exhibition

6 December 2007, Manchester, UK—Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Original Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, will return to the UK on 22 February 2008, with its latest and most technically refined collection.  BODY WORLDS 4, which features anatomist Gunther von Hagens’ groundbreaking science of Plastination, will have its world premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Manchester. The UK debut marks the return of the exhibitions to Europe, after a three-year tour through North America’s science museums, to critical and public acclaim.

BODY WORLDS is the most highly attended touring exhibition in the world, attracting 25 million visitors. When the exhibition ran in London between 2002 - 2003, it drew more than 800,000 visitors.

BODY WORLDS 4
is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30 year career in anatomy. It has more than 200 authentic specimens including organs and about 20 spectacular whole body specimens, which demonstrate the very latest technical achievements and refinements in the science of Plastination and anatomical specimen preservation. Many of the exhibits demonstrate the effects on the body of widespread health problems in the UK such as obesity, smoking and heart problems.

Dr von Hagens said: “The latest BODY WORLDS, which I have worked on for more than three years, captures the evolution, refinement, and elegance of Plastination to its outer limits”.

Dr Ian Griffin, Director of MOSI said: “I’m delighted that Gunther von Hagens has chosen to premier the latest BODY WORLDS exhibition at MOSI in Manchester. This is a unique insight into the beauty and complexity of the human body, and a chance to experience first hand the impact of poor health and lifestyle choices on our bodies.

BODY WORLDS is a fantastic way to encourage people to change their lifestyles as it clearly demonstrates to people the effects of health problems such as obesity and heart disease, which are widespread in Britain, particularly in large cities such as Manchester. The exhibition’s educational benefits build on current UK - wide government campaigns to tackle these conditions. The Manchester exhibition is the first time such a complex range of plastinates has been shown in Europe, and we expect BODY WORLDS 4 to be an extremely popular exhibition, so reserve your tickets now!”

Dr. von Hagens, a former researcher at the University of Heidelberg’s Anatomy and Pathology Department, invented Plastination in 1977, in an effort to improve the education of medical students. The striking whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 4 come from people who have, in their lifetime, donated their bodies for Plastination, specifically to educate future generations about health. The plastinates allow viewers to see inside the staggeringly complex and completely interconnected network of muscles, tendons and blood vessels that make up our bodies. More than 8,000 donors including 103 Britains have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

Over 25 million visitors in 45 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have experienced BODY WORLDS since its debut in Japan in 1996. There are currently three exhibitions touring North America: BODY WORLDS 1, BODY WORLDS 2 AND BODY WORLDS 3.

The exhibition in Manchester will feature a rolling programme of lectures, workshops and school classroom activities, which will explore the issues surrounding BODY WORLDS, such as healthy living, anatomy, and the ethics of Plastination.

BODY WORLDS 4 tickets are priced on weekdays/weekends £10.00/£11.50 (adults), £7.00/£8.50 (children/youth/reduced fee), or £8.00/ £9.50 (senior citizens/students with ID). Special group rates apply. Tickets are available from the MOSI box office and on our website at www.mosi.org.uk. For phone ticket order please call   0871 231 0847, for group booking 0844 412 4650.

For media information or photos please contact Sarah Roe Tel: 0161 606 0176 m: 07847 372647 or look up www.mosi.org.uk  For more information on BODY WORLDS please go to www.bodyworlds.com.


Notes to editors
During Plastination, bodily fluids and soluble fats are extracted from a specimen, and replaced through vacuum-forced impregnation, with reactive resins and elastomers, such as silicon rubber.  After posing of the specimen for optimal teaching value, it is cured with light, heat, or certain gases which gives it rigidity and permanence.

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TRAVELERS AT LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ET A SNEAK PREVIEW OF BODY WORLDS 3 EXHIBITION
Incredible “Six Meter Woman” plastinate installed in airport main terminal ticketing hall


ST. LOUIS, November 26, 2007 – Air travelers making their way through the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport over the busy holiday travel weekend will be treated to a special “sneak preview” of the extremely popular and highly acclaimed BODY WORLDS 3 exhibition, appearing at the Saint Louis Science Center now through March 2, 2008. BODY WORLDS 3 has installed an amazing specimen called “Six Meter Woman” in Lambert’s Main Terminal Ticketing Hall. The installation will remain in the airport through the run of the exhibition.
The “Six Meter Woman” is a transparent, plastinated body comprised of 83 slices representing all of the body’s regions. The torso and the extremities have largely been sliced horizontally; conversely, the head, elbows, hands, knees and feet have been sliced sagittally to afford a better view. Placement of the body slices at 12 cm intervals permits viewers to look more deeply into the body.    
Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination—von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.
Tickets to BODY WORLDS 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314.421.4400. Member-discounted tickets can be purchased at slsc.org or by calling 314.289.4464. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available.  For full ticket information, visit www.slsc.org.

About BODY WORLDS 3

BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors—individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.com.

About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the
state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit www.slsc.org.

About Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Lambert is the 33rd busiest airport in the U.S. as ranked by Aiports Council International-North America. Lambert serves more than 15 million passengers a year with 360 daily departures to 77 national and international destinations.  For more information on flights and services at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, log onto www.lambert-stl.com.  

Contacts:   

For BODY WORLDS 3
Amy Burger                    
(314) 286-4668 

For Saint Louis Science Center
Chris Files
(314) 289-1455       

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GUNTHER VON HAGENS, ANATOMIST AND PIONEER OF ANATOMICAL EXHIBITIONS, NOT INVOLVED WITH BARCELONA CADAVER DISPLAY.

Heidelberg, Germany, November 20, 2007—Anatomist Gunther von Hagens—creator of the world renowned BODY WORLDS anatomical exhibitions that bear his name—issued a clarification to Spain’s media and public in response to recent media reports that confused a cadaver display announced in Barcelona with his own BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

In a statement, Dr. von Hagens said, “I have been an anatomist for more than thirty five years, and during my career I have taken great pains to present anatomical exhibitions that are firmly rooted in the tradition of Renaissance anatomy, and bound by inviolable European standards of human rights and ethics. It is therefore important for the media and people of Spain to know that I am not affiliated or connected with any anatomical exhibitions other than Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS, and that I am most certainly not associated in any way to the cadaver display in Barcelona.  The specimens in BODY WORLDS stem from the Institute for Plastination’s Body Donation Program that now has a roster of more than 8,000 body donors, primarily German, unlike copycat displays that use unclaimed and found bodies from China.

”For more than three years, a growing number of businessmen attempting to imitate the German anatomist’s publicly and critically acclaimed exhibitions, have roamed the globe with cadaver displays of unclaimed and found bodies from China. Several of the copycat displays have drawn criticism from ethicists, human rights organizations, and religious groups due to the lack of legal consent of those on display. According to news reports, health authorities have reported concerns over leaking specimens and associated toxic health hazards in several copycat displays. Charges of anatomically incorrect dissections from anatomists and medical associations have also been reported.

For the most part, the copycats have been allowed to present their displays unfettered by civic government and human rights organizations, despite the ban on the export of human remains from China, and despite the fact that the majority of bodies on display in these shows are of young, Chinese males, who apparently all died of natural causes. Laogai Research Foundation, an agency in Washington D.C. that monitors and documents  human rights violations in China, has declared their concerns over the use of unclaimed and found Chinese bodies in copycat displays in the New York Times, the San Diego Star Tribune and other media. According to Laogai, officials from Dalian Medical University, the source of many of the bodies in copycat displays, have been implicated in the use of executed prisoners for commercial purposes, including organ transplants.

Dr. von Hagens said, “As a former political prisoner in East Germany, I believe firmly in the principles of democracy, freedom, and free will. Thus from the beginning of my career, when I established the only body donation program for Plastination in the world, I felt morally obligated to the doctrine of legal consent for those on public display. I envisioned from the beginning for BODY WORLDS to be a scientific collaboration between anatomist, donor, and visitor.  It is imperative that the media and public of Spain know that I am not associated with the cadaver display coming to Barcelona, and that any reports suggesting otherwise are false.”

For more information, please visit www.bodyworlds.com or contact Gail Vida Hamburg at +1 312 602 4369 or e-mail g.hamburg(at)plastination.com

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BODY WORLDS 3 KICKS OFF LUNG CANCER AWARENESS MONTH ON NOVEMBER 15 WITH LAUNCH OF ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGNS

St. Louis, November 13, 2007—WHAT: BODY WORLDS 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center kicks off Lung Cancer Awareness Month by partnering with the American Lung Association for the I Quit smoking cessation program, as well as a full day of anti-smoking programs. One of the displays at BODY WORLDS 3 features blackened smoker’s lungs in a side-by-side comparison with healthy lungs, making a strong impact on those who have yet to kick the habit. BODY WORLDS conceived I Quit in 2006 when cleaning crews kept finding unfinished packs of cigarettes discarded on the glass display case containing the smoker’s lungs. The program will run throughout the exhibition. BODY WORLDS 3 and Health Education Presenter BJC HealthCare will host a number of educational events during November aimed at getting smokers to quit and preventing non-smokers from starting, beginning with the American Cancer Society’s 31st Annual Great American Smokeout.

WHEN: Thursday, November 15

10:00 a.m.: Kick-off of I Quit program at the lung display inside exhibit with Dr. Cindy Encarnacion, Associate Director of Life Sciences for the Saint Louis Science Center and an American Lung Association spokesperson available for comment.   

On Main Stage on Lower Level:               

11:00 a.m.: Dr. Scalzo, Professor of Toxicology & Pediatrics and Medical Director of Missouri Regional Poison Control Center at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, presents his "Beat the Smoking Rap" to discourage kids from smoking

2:30 p.m.: Don Young, former smoker and cancer survivor will talk about his experience and the dangers of smoking Dr. Mark Varcares, Director of SLU Cancer Center and Professor and Chairman of Otolarynogolgy-Head & Neck will discuss the benefits of quitting and encourage people to make Nov. 15 their quit day. Q & A to follow

WHY:  Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,000 American lives each year, and smoking is directly responsible for 86 percent of lung cancer cases, according to American Lung Association research. This habit also causes most cases of emphysema and bronchitis. Independent surveys conducted at the BODY WORLDS exhibitions have revealed that 68 percent of visitors resolved to pay more attention to their physical health after seeing the exhibition. At one venue, results showed that 10 percent of visitors stated that they had smoked less and consumed less alcohol since their visit to the exhibition.

Contacts:   

For BODY WORLDS 3
Amy Burger                    
(314) 286-4668 

For Saint Louis Science Center
Chris Files
(314) 289-1455       

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BODY WORLDS 3 PARTNERS WITH AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION AND MERICAN CANCER SOCIETY FOR ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGNS
Educational events throughout Lung Cancer Awareness Month encourage smokers to quit


ST. LOUIS, October 31, 2007 –“Thank you. I will never smoke in my life.”  “Thank you. I will quit smoking.” These are a few of the comments made by visitors to BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at the Saint Louis Science Center. One of the displays at BODY WORLDS 3 features blackened smoker’s lungs in a side-by-side comparison with healthy lungs, making a strong impact on those who have been unable to kick the habit. The exhibition will host a number of educational events during November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, aimed at getting smokers to quit and preventing non-smokers from starting, in partnership with the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and BJC Healthcare.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month activities kick off on Thursday, Nov. 15, when BODY WORLDS 3, in partnership with the American Lung Association, launches its I Quit smoking cessation program, which will run through the duration of the exhibition. BODY WORLDS conceived I Quit in 2006 when cleaning crews kept finding unfinished packs of cigarettes discarded on the glass display case containing the smoker’s lungs.

“Each rejected pack marked a victory by one person against nicotine addiction,” says Dr. Angelina Whalley, a physician and designer of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. “Many visitors to the exhibition reported to us that they had tried everything to quit smoking but only stopped after seeing the smoker’s lung on display.”

The awareness initiative features an inspirational multimedia installation including late actor Yul Brynner’s memorable anti-smoking PSA from the 1980s, pledge cards for visitors intending to give up smoking, a repository where visitors can leave their last packs of cigarettes, and take-home information about the American Lung Association National LUNG HelpLine.

November 15 also marks the American Cancer Society’s 31st Annual Great American Smokeout. Each November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smokeout by quitting for the day. The American Cancer Society will offer educational speakers throughout the day on the main stage on the lower level of the Science Center and will host an information table inside the Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME through November 18. Smokers who are trying to quit are encouraged to visit BODY WORLDS 3 for more information.

Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,000 American lives each year, and smoking is directly responsible for 86 percent of lung cancer cases, according to American Lung Association research. This habit also causes most cases of emphysema and bronchitis. Independent surveys conducted at the BODY WORLDS exhibitions have revealed that 68 percent of visitors resolved to pay more attention to their physical health after seeing the exhibition. At one venue, results showed that 10 percent of visitors stated that they had smoked less and consumed less alcohol since their visit to the exhibition.  BJC HealthCare, official Health Education Presenter of BODY WORLDS 3, will offer several health screenings and health awareness programs throughout the run of the exhibition as well. 

Body Worlds 3 tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 314.421.4400. Member-discounted tickets can be purchased at slsc.org or by calling 314.289.4464. Advance purchase is recommended and group rates are available. For full ticket information, isit www.slsc.org.

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free1-800-ASC-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

About the American Lung Association
Beginning its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is “Improving life, one breath at a time.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to www.lungusa.org.

About BODY WORLDS 3
BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors—individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg. The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world. For more information visit www.bodyworlds.com.

About the Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler, the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit www.slsc.org.

Contacts:   

For BODY WORLDS 3
Amy Burger                    
(314) 286-4668 

For Saint Louis Science Center
Chris Files
(314) 289-1455       

Michelle Bernth
American Lung Association
(314) 645-5505 x 1001

April Gray
American Cancer Society
(314) 286-8187           

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OMSI TO REMAIN OPEN 24 HOURS FOR FINAL DAYS OF  BODY WORLDS 3 EXHIBIT

PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 1, 2007)- For the  first time in the history of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, OMSI  will remain open 24 hours in order to accommodate the unprecedented demand  to see Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of  Real Human Bodies before the exhibit closes. OMSI will be open around  the clock from 9 a.m. Friday Oct. 5 through midnight on the final day Sunday  Oct. 7.

"BODY WORLDS 3 attendance over these final weekends  has been so overwhelming we quickly realized that in order to accommodate  the demand during the final few days we had extend our hours beyond anything  we've ever done in the past," said OMSI president Nancy Stueber. "Going 24  hours in the final days will allow a great number of people to see the  exhibit who might not otherwise be able to make it in during our normal  operating hours."

Visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase  their tickets to avoid sell out days and time slots. They can be purchased  in advance online at www.omsi.edu or via the phone at 503.797.4486. 

Since opening June 7, the BODY WORLDS 3 exhibit has broken  all OMSI attendance records with over 300,000 visitors to date, offering  thousands of visitors the opportunity to better understand anatomy,  physiology, and the impact of lifestyle choices on their personal  health.

Visitors who have seen BODY WORLDS 3 already are  encouraged to visit again to be among the first in the world to see "The  Wave Roller", the newest whole-body plastinate that joined the exhibit on  September 20.

About BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical  Exhibition of Real Human Bodies
BODY WORLDS 3 explores  health science, anatomy and physiology through the study of real human  bodies preserved through "plastination," Dr. Gunther von Hagens'  groundbreaking method of preserving the body for anatomical study. The  one-of-a-kind exhibition features more than 200 authentic organs and  whole-body specimens, known as plastinates fixed in dramatic and athletic  poses, giving visitors the opportunity to observe the body's locomotive,  digestive, nervous and vascular systems. For more information, please visit  www.bodyworlds.com. 

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, the  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is one of the nation's top ten science  museums, a world-class tourist attraction and an educational resource for  the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Ave, Portland, Or.  97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

For More Information:
For BODY WORLDS
Rhonda  Coleman
503.863.5612
r.coleman(at)bw.plastination.com
For OMSI
Lee Dawson
503.797.4586
ldawson(at)omsi.edu

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Discovery Place Extends BODY WORLDS  through January 6, 2008
Extension of anatomical exhibition offers students and educators  unique supplement to classroom curriculum

CHARLOTTE, N.C. September 25, 2007—Nearly 160,000 people have visited Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies at Discovery Place. Now more guests can learn about anatomy, physiology and health as the Museum announces the extension of the popular exhibition, sponsored by Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), through Jan. 6, 2008.

Since its debut this summer, BODY WORLDS is one of the most successful exhibitions hosted at Discovery Place. The extension will allow visitors, including school groups, the opportunity to experience the anatomical exhibition during the fall and winter months. The Museum also offers extended evening hours Thursday through Sunday.

“Charlotte has embraced BODY WORLDS and its educational message of healthy living,” said John Mackay, president and CEO of the Museum. “With the opening of school, we’ve had high demand throughout the region from educators wanting to incorporate this look at the human body into their curriculums. We want to make sure it is available to as many students and teachers of the Carolinas as possible.”

BODY WORLDS allows visitors to explore the human body by viewing real human bodies that have been preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. BODY WORLDS is the world’s first public anatomical presentation using Plastination, Dr. von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of specimen preservation. The display of more than 200 authentic organs, organ configurations and a broad collection of whole-body plastinates offer an unprecedented view of the human body. Visitors can observe the body’s functions including locomotive, digestive, nervous, reproductive and vascular systems, and compare healthy and diseased organs such as a healthy lung with a smoker’s lung.

“Charlotte is the first city in the southeastern United States to present BODY WORLDS, and the response from the public has been overwhelming,” said Dr. Gunther von Hagens, creator of BODY WORLDS. “The extension of our engagement with Discovery Place through the end of the year will enable us to further advance our mission of public health advocacy. I hope it will allow the people of North Carolina, especially students and educators, ample opportunity to view the exhibition.

”With the extension of BODY WORLDS, the Museum is recruiting additional volunteers to offer a helping hand. Volunteer opportunities at the world’s most highly-attended traveling exhibition include exhibition hosts, gallery volunteers and demonstration volunteers. The exhibition is open for extended hours and offers day and evening openings for volunteers. Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer can contact Volunteer Services at 704.372.6261 x515 or bwvolunteers@discoveryplace.org.  
 
Tickets to the exhibition are for timed entries, so before making a purchase, visitors will be
asked to select the date and time of their visit. Guests can purchase general admission tickets in one of three ways:

  1. Online at discoveryplace.org. After purchasing their tickets online, guests can print out a confirmation page. This page must be brought to the Will Call desk at Discovery Place prior to or on the day of their visit. Online convenience fees apply.
  2. Via phone at 1 866-488-BODY. Callers can purchase tickets to the exhibition with a credit card during regular museum hours. Visitors who purchase tickets by phone may pick them up at the Will Call desk prior to or on the day of their visit. 
  3. In person at Discovery Place. Visitors can purchase tickets at the Admissions Desk in the Museum during regular Museum hours.

Admission to Discovery Place and BODY WORLDS is $22 for adults; $16 for children ages 6-13; $8 for children ages 5 and younger; and $18 for students with ID and seniors ages 60+. Discounts are available for Discovery Place members and groups of 15 or more. Children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult while in Discovery Place.

During the run of BODY WORLDS, tickets are available from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday and from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. The exhibition will remain open for up to two hours after the last timed ticket entry.

About Discovery Place
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. The Museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking garage – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church streets. For more information about Discovery Place, guests should call 704 -372-6261 or visit discoveryplace.org.

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that foster experiences in areas that range from life science to space exploration.  More than a half-million people from all over the United States visit Discovery Place, its IMAX® Dome Theatre and Charlotte Nature Museum each year.  Discovery Place is supported, in part, with a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council.

For More Information:
For BODY WORLDS
John Singler 704-334-0397
For Discoery Place
Natividad Lewis 704-348-1972

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At the Montreal Science Centre
Over 372 000 visitors!

BODY WORLDS 2: beyond successful! 

Montréal, September 17, 2007  - After a successful launch on May 10th, extending hours throughout the run, selling out eleven days before closing, including a 60 hour non-stop day and night last weekend, the Montréal Science Centre is proud to announce over 372 000 Montreal visitors for Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2, the world-renowned anatomical exhibition presented exclusively at the Montréal Science Centre. 

"We exceeded our objective of 300 000 visitors. Once again Montréal has proven it can carry the success of an Internationally renowned exhibit. Visitors appreciated the authentic and original aspect of Dr. Gunther von Hagens exhibit displays" comments Sébastien Théberge, Exhibition Director for BODY WORLDS 2 in Montréal.

“With this exhibits huge success, The Montreal Science Centre stamps its place in the International network of recognized museums of science and technology and its only the beginning” confirms Benoît Légaré, Vice-President of the Montréal Science Centre. “Going strong, we prepare for November’s grand reopening promising to generate new experiences of the finest quality in science and technology. We hope to welcome as many visitors”, continues Benoît Légaré.

BODY WORLDS has earned public and critical acclaim in more than 35 cities throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and has been viewed by over 23 million people worldwide.

Visit www.bodyworlds.com for all details on touring dates.

As of today, the Montréal Science Centre will continue to welcome visitors to IMAX® and Interactif Movie Games Snowbirds. All other exhibits are closed until the official reopening scheduled for November 29. As of October 3rd, IMAX® TELUS will present the premier of Sea Monsters 3D.
 
Information:
(514) 496-4724 • 1 877 496-4724 • www.centredessciencesdemontreal.com or www.bodyworlds.com

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Statement by Plastinator Gunther von Hagens, concerning his vindication in the charge of misuse of titles
 
July 27, 2007 Heidelberg, Germany—I am happy and relieved that I have been vindicated in the charge of misuse of titles.  As the inventor of plastination and creator of BODY WORLDS, who rarely meets the approval of the conformists, the fair treatment by the judiciary was particularly important to me.  The Higher Regional Court has concluded that the fact that I had been appointed "Visiting Professor" by the Dalian Medical University and had tolerated this form of address is not punishable under criminal law. I am not interested in decorations or medals of honor, which is why nothing would be more alien to me than illegally assuming a German professor title.  The tribunal confirms that I have never personally assumed this title. In light of the public interest and documentation of this trial, this vindication restores my reputation as a scientist. During this more than four year long trial, I was represented by a team of experts of criminal and administrative law from the firm Nörr Stiefenhofer Lutz.  They could prove that in various state ministries, certain officials lacked the knowledge about university laws, which led to the ruling that the charges against me were unfounded.

Institute for Plastination
hd(at)pressoffice@plastination.com

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Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies Coming to MPM, January 2008

June 29, 2007, MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee Public Museum President Dan Finley announced today that Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies will open at the Museum for a limited engagement on January 18, 2008.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, this first-of-its-kind exhibition is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 33-year career in anatomy. BODY WORLDS presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination— Dr. von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977.

BODY WORLDS plastinates provide visitors with an unprecedented learning tool for understanding how the body works and how lifestyle choices can have an enormous impact on the body’s health. The specimens in the exhibit stem primarily from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program which maintains a donor roster of over 7,800 living and deceased donors.

“Visitors to BODY WORLDS will be truly amazed when confronted with the beauty of the human body,” Finley said. “This exhibit has been a catalyst for change throughout the world, and we look forward to bringing the BODY WORLDS experience to Milwaukee.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, the MPM plans to offer public programming with a strong focus on health education, including a series devoted to initiating and maintaining healthy lifestyle changes.Tickets for BODY WORLDS at the MPM will go on sale to the general public on September 17. For more information about the exhibition, Plastination or body donation, visit www.mpm.edu or www.bodyworlds.com. Over 22 million visitors in 40 cities across Asia, Europe and North America have experienced the exhibit since its debut in Japan in 1995.

About the Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum is a natural and human history museum located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The museum was chartered in 1882 and opened to the public in 1884.
MPM has three floors of exhibits that encompass life-size dioramas, walk-through villages, world cultures, dinosaurs, a rain forest and a live butterfly garden, as well as the Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater and the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium. The museum houses more than 4.5 million objects and hosts nearly half a million visitors each year.

The Milwaukee Public Museum is located at 800 W. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. For more information, call (414) 278-2728 or (888) 700-9069, or visit www.mpm.edu.

For more information, please contact:

Gail Vida Hamburg
g.hamburg(at)plastination.com

Georgina Gomez
g.gomez(at)plastination.com

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ANATOMIST DR. GUNTHER VON HAGENS AND BODY WORLDS DESIGNER, DR. ANGELINA WHALLEY ANNOUNCE "THE HUMAN SAGA," A NEW SERIES OF MUSEUM HEALTH EXHIBITS.

June 25, 2007, HEIDELBERG, GERMANY—Anatomist, Dr. Gunther von Hagens and physician, Dr. Angelina Whalley—founders of BODY WORLDS, the original contemporary anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies—announced the Institute for Plastination's latest museum exhibition plans, The Human Saga.

A series of special features on the human body, The Human Saga will be integrated into the three critically and publicly acclaimed BODY WORLDS exhibitions that bear the scientist's name. "We want to present to the public a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of the various systems of the body," Dr. von Hagens said. "The Human Saga will show the workings of the brain, the heart, and other findings and phenomena about the human body," said Dr. Whalley, Director of the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg.

Inspired by the latest advances in neuroscience, cardiology, biology, genetics, gerontology, psychiatry, and physiology, and committed to working with specialists across disciplines including the humanities and arts, The Human Saga is planned for unveiling at museums around the world starting Fall 2007.

The first chapter in The Human Saga, BODY WORLDS & The Three Pound Gem—a journey through the brain presenting some of the latest advances in neuroscience—will open at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA starting September 27th, 2007. "San Jose is the nexus of unbounded creativity, innovation and intellectual ferocity, thus it was fitting to debut our consideration of the brain in Silicon Valley," Dr. von Hagens said.

It will be followed by BODY WORLDS & The Story of the Heart—a penetrating, definitive look at the heart followed by several other special features that will be fully revealed in coming months. Taken together, The Human Saga is an anatomical opus by the renowned scientist who began his thirty-five year career in anatomy at the venerable University of Heidelberg, and exhibition designer, Dr. Whalley, who first introduced anatomical exhibitions to contemporary audiences.

"More than ever, we need to be reminded of our own mortality. To judge for ourselves what the body is, where we come from, and where we are going," said Dr. von Hagens. "The Human Saga is an invitation to visitors to explore, consider, and reconcile ideas about the mind, the heart, the body, and the human condition, " said Dr. Whalley.

Dr. Gunther von Hagens is the inventor of Plastination, a groundbreaking method of anatomical specimen preservation that he conceived at the University of Heidelberg to improve the training of medical students. Dr. Angelina Whalley is the designer, planner, and organizer of BODY WORLDS—the original anatomical public health exhibitions.

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions have been viewed by more than 22 million people in 40 cities across Europe, Asia, and North America. The specimens in BODY WORLDS stem primarily from the Institute for Plastination's body donation program which currently has 7381 living body donors, 441 from North America, and 482 deceased donors, 5 from North America.

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS anatomical exhibitions presented only at museums are not affiliated with, and should not be confused with copycat and knockoff cadaver shows on display in shopping malls, convention halls, and private spaces that use unclaimed and found bodies from China.

For more information, please contact:

Gail Vida Hamburg
g.hamburg(at)plastination.com

Georgina Gomez
g.gomez(at)plastination.com

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The Tech Museum of Innovation Hosts First Northern California Showing Of BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem—Gunther von Hagens’ Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

Presenting Sponsor The Health Trust joins the City of San Jose, San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau/Team San Jose and The Tech to Bring this Unique and Highly Educational Exhibit to the Bay Area

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 5, 2007—The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums, today announced it will host the first Northern California showing of BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, Gunther von Hagens’ Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. This unique and educational exhibit about human anatomy, physiology and health gives guests an unprecedented view inside the human body, and has been enjoyed worldwide by more than 20 million people. The exhibition will open on September 27, 2007, and will run through January 26, 2008. Tickets go on sale to members of The Tech starting June 25, and to the general public beginning July 2.

For the first time in the history of the exhibition, BODY WORLDS will present The Three Pound Gem, a special feature on the brain inspired by findings in neuroscience on brain development and function, brain disease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement.

“As the home of technological innovation and many medical advancements, Silicon Valley is a logical destination for BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem. As one of the Valley’s greatest educational resources, The Tech is the ideal venue for the exhibition,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “Preparing for and hosting this blockbuster exhibition is a great example of collaboration among civic, health and cultural organizations to provide important content to the people of this region and to visitors from around the world.”

BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem will feature more than 200 real human body specimens, including more than 20 whole bodies, healthy and unhealthy organs, body sections and slices, all preserved through a remarkable process called Plastination. Invented by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Plastination is a method for extracting bodily fluids and fat from specimens, and replacing them, through vacuum forced impregnation, with reactive resins and polymers. As a result of this process, visitors to BODY WORLDS will actually see inside the human body, learn how it works and how it can be affected by disease and lifestyle choices. In conjunction with the BODY WORLDS exhibition, The Tech is partnering with presenting sponsor The Health Trust and other local and national health associations and institutes to offer educational programming centered on health, fitness, prevention and well-being.

“BODY WORLDS is perfectly aligned with The Tech’s mission to ‘inspire the innovator in everyone’, and is a great complement to permanent Galleries and exhibits in the museum focused on medical technologies, biotech, genetics and the human body,” said Peter Friess, President of The Tech. “We believe all visitors will walk away from the exhibit with a much greater understanding of and respect for the complexity and beauty of the human body and the mysterious world of the brain. BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem will offer every visitor a very personal and profound learning experience.”

Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS exhibitions are the original, precedent—setting public anatomical exhibitions of real human bodies, and the only anatomical exhibits that use donated bodies, willed by donors for the express purpose of serving BODY WORLDS mission to educate the public about health and anatomy. To date, more than 7,000 people have agreed to donate their bodies to BODY WORLDS for Plastination and use in the exhibits.

In connection with BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, The Tech will be featuring the relevant and educational IMAX movies “The Human Body” and “Wired to Win”. “The Human Body” is showing now through January 26, 2008 in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech, and “Wired to Win” will begin when the exhibition opens in September.“We are pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this significant exhibition,” said Todd Hansen, Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust. “Our vision is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America, and BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem provides a great opportunity to teach people more about the complexity of their bodies and how to better take care of them.”

In addition to presenting sponsor The Health Trust, the City of San Jose and San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau/Team San Jose are working in partnership with The Tech to bring BODY WORLDS 2 to San Jose.

Tickets and Availability
Members of The Tech have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to BODY WORLDS 2 & The Three Pound Gem, and will enjoy up to a $10 discount on tickets for the exhibit. Tickets go on sale to museum members beginning June 25, and will be available online at http://www.thetech.org/bodyworld/buy_tickets.html, from the ticket office in the museum, or by calling (408) 294-TECH.

Tickets will be available to the general public starting July 2 through the same venues. Ticket prices include general admission to the museum. IMAX movies are sold separately.

All tickets to the exhibit are timed at 15-minute intervals. Exhibit hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day during the four-month run except Christmas Day, with last entry at 7:30 p.m. The Tech Museum of Innovation will be extending its regular hours during BODY WORLDS in order to ensure that visitors can also enjoy the museum’s exhibits and IMAX movies during evening hours.

About the City of San Jose
From its founding in 1777 as California's first city, San Jose has been a leader, driven by its spirit of innovation. Today, San Jose stands as the largest city in Northern California and the Capital of Silicon Valley—the world's leading center of innovation. The city, the 10th largest in the U.S., is committed to remaining a top-ranked place to do business, work, live, play and learn. For more information, visit, www.sanjoseca.gov.

About The Health Trust
Since 1996 The Health Trust has been a leader in increasing and improving health and wellness in Silicon Valley, especially for individuals and communities that do not have access to the health-related services and resources they need. The bold new vision of The Health Trust—to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America—will be supported by three new focus areas for the organization: preventing obesity, promoting healthy aging, and reducing health disparities. For more information on The Health Trust, visit www.healthtrust.org.

About The Tech Museum of Innovation
The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. Located in San Jose, California – the Capital of Silicon Valley – its mission, as a public-benefit corporation, is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through hands-on exhibits, educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Museum Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum of Innovation honors the past, celebrates the present, and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit www.thetech.org.

Contacts:

BODY WORLDS
Gail Vida Hamburg
312-602-5369 or g.hamburg(at)plastination.com

Georgina Gomez
213-291-9572 or g.gomez(at)plastination.com

The Tech
Lisa Croel
408-795-6219 or croel(at)thetech.org

The Health Trust
Diane McNutt
(408) 354-1242 or cnuttco(at)aol.com

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MARYLAND SCIENCE CENTER TO HOST BODY WORLDS 2

Original, authentic and inspiring exhibition of real human bodies coming to Baltimore

The Maryland Science Center will host Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies starting February 2, 2008, for a limited engagement, announced Senior Director of Marketing Christopher Cropper. BODY WORLDS is the original and acclaimed exhibition of real human bodies that have been preserved through Plastination. 

The exhibition has attracted more than 22 million visitors worldwide and was created by German anatomist and physician, Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
BODY WORLDS 2 displays the anatomy, physiology, and effects of lifestyle choices on the human body through the scientific and enlightening display of  whole bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. 

The specimens on display were preserved through Plastination, the revolutionary preservation process invented by Dr. von Hagens in 1977. Plastination replaces fluids and fat in body specimens with plastics, polymers, and epoxy resins that harden, after curing, making it possible to permanently preserve individual anatomical structures without the use of glass barriers or formaldehyde.  Plastination allows for the presentation of the body to the public in a way that was previously impossible. 

The specimens used in the exhibition stem from the body donation program that Dr. von Hagens established in 1983. The program is now managed by his Heidelberg, Germany based, Institute for Plastination, which was founded in 1993.Maryland Science Center staff will be present in the BODY WORLDS exhibition to provide information to visitors. The Maryland Science Center will also will also develop programs and events related to the exhibition that deal with specific issues and topics in life science.   

The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225, TDD: 410-962-0223.   

The Maryland Science Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is visited by more than 500,000 people each year.  Popular exhibits include: Dinosaur Mysteries with more than a dozen full-size dinosaurs and interactive paleontology activities; an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; and dozens of interactive experiments in Newton’s Alley.  Other popular attractions in the museum include the Kids Room, the five-story St. John Properties IMAX Theater, and the world-famous Davis Planetarium.

Contacts:
BODY WORLDS
Gail Vida Hamburg
312-602-5369 or g.hamburg(at)plastination.com  
Georgina Gomez 
213-291-9572 or g.gomez(at)plastination.com

Maryland Science Center
Todd Scott
Himmelrich Public Relations
410-528-5400 or todd(at)himmelrich.com   

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SCIENCE CENTER TO BRING RECORD-BREAKING
BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies TO ST. LOUIS OCT. 19ST.

LOUIS—For the first time ever in the Midwest, the Saint Louis Science Center will bring the acclaimed Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies to St. Louis Oct. 19 for a limited engagement.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy. Like its predecessors, BODY WORLDS 3 presents more than 200 authentic specimens, including organs and whole body specimens, that have undergone Plastination—von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of halting decomposition and preserving the body after death for medical study, which he invented in 1977. But von Hagens says the St. Louis exhibition captures the evolution and refinement of his invention to its outer limits.

“We are very proud to bring this spectacular exhibition to St. Louis,” said Doug King, President and CEO of the Science Center. “In every city where it has appeared, BODY WORLDS  has awed the public and sparked meaningful discussions about the complexity of human mechanics and the diseases that affect it.”

BODY WORLDS 3 has previously appeared in only two other American cities and one in Canada. It is the third and most recent of the internationally-renowned exhibits by Dr. von Hagens.

During Plastination, all bodily fluids and soluble fats are replaced with reactive resins and elastomers such as silicon rubber and epoxy, through vacuum-forced impregnation. After gas, heat, or light curing, the specimens assume rigidity and permanence.

The purpose of Plastination from its very inception was a scientific one, to educate medical students. But the interest that laypeople had in the plastinated specimens inspired me to think of creating public exhibitions, which was followed by the realization that I had to offer a heightened sense of aesthetics, to avoid shocking the public and to capture their imagination,” said von Hagens.

The striking whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3—people who in their lifetime donated their bodies for Plastination for the express purpose of educating future generations about health—allow viewers to see inside the staggeringly complex and completely interconnected network of muscles, tendons and blood vessels that make up our bodies. Many of the whole-body plastinates in BODY WORLDS 3 will be on display for the first time.

“This educational exhibition will enhance the public’s understanding of the human body in an unprecedented format,” King said. “BODY WORLDS 3 is a transforming experience. Visitors will encounter both the resilience and fragility of the human body. They will discover how a body works when it is healthy and how it breaks down when it is not.”

King said the aesthetic, accessible displays invite contemplation, study, and reflection of the power and vulnerability of the human body by everyone.

"BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist, and visitor,” said Dr. von Hagens. More than 22 million visitors in 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged in the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996, and more than 7,000 donors including 142 Americans have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

Ticket information will be available soon.

For more information about the exhibition, Plastination, or body donation, visit www.bodyworlds.com

Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX® Theater, the air-supported Montgomery Bank EXPLORADOME®, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, and the state-of-the-art Taylor Community Science Resource Center. The goals of the Saint Louis Science Center are to educate, inspire and motivate visitors of all ages and engage the community in public dialogue about science-related issues of the day. For more information about the Saint Louis Science Center and its programs, visit slsc.org

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BODY WORLDS 2 EXHIBIT OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY DURING ITS FINAL WEEKEND - APRIL 27-29!

CHICAGO, April 18, 2007—After multiple weekends of sold-out attendance for Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, the Museum of Science and Industry is announcing that it will again open the exhibit 24-hours-a-day during its final weekend in Chicago. The exhibit will run around the clock from Friday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m. until it closes on Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. 

“BODY WORLDS 2 has been incredibly popular with our guests, as BODY WORLDS was in 2005,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry. “To accommodate demand in its final days, and ensure that as many of our guests as possible have the opportunity to see this amazing and educational exhibit, we have decided to open our doors 24-hours-a-day during the exhibit’s final weekend.”

To date, more than 300,000 guests have experienced BODY WORLDS 2 during its three months at the Museum of Science and Industry, and in combination with the first run of BODY WORLDS in 2005, more than 1 million Museum of Science and Industry guests have had the opportunity to discover the mysteries of human anatomy in this exhibition.

Guests who want to see the exhibit before it leaves Chicago should buy their tickets as soon as possible, as tickets in the exhibit’s final days will be in high demand. The exhibit is currently open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Buying tickets online at www.msichicago.org  in the best way to purchase advance tickets.

IMPORTANT FACTS:

  • BODY WORLDS 2 will be open from Friday, April 27 at 9:30 a.m. – Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m.

  • The whole Museum is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. After these hours, only the BODY WORLDS 2 exhibit will be open.

  • Due to popularity and possible sell-outs, guests should purchase advance tickets at www.msichicago.org.

  • The Museum’s underground parking garage will be open 24 hours a day during this time.

  • The Museum’s cafe will remain open offering snacks and beverages.

  • Combination admission into the Museum and BODY WORLDS 2 during the day is $23 for adults; $12.75 for kids 3-11; $19 for seniors. Admission for BODY WORLDS 2 after regular Museum hours is $18 for adults; $11 children and $17 for seniors.

Using the ground-breaking preservation process of plastination, BODY WORLDS 2 showcases more than 200 real human specimens and more than 20 new whole-body plastinates that focus on the locomotive, nervous, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. Many of these whole-body plastinates are posed in lifelike dramatic and athletic positions, helping guests understand how our bodies respond to physical challenges and demonstrating the spatial relationships between organs. As well, healthy organ specimens are compared with diseased organs—highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle. BODY WORLDS 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies is sponsored by Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Chase, with media partner ABC 7 Chicago.

The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum is open every day of the year except December 25. The Museum offers indoor parking and is accessible by CTA and Metra. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit the Museum's Web site at www.msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

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BODY WORLDS 2, AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS AND ILLINOIS TOBACCO QUITLINE LAUNCH ANTI-SMOKING CAMPAIGN
I-Quit program begins March 5, 2007 to promote smoking cessation and lung health education.


CHICAGO, IL ( MARCH 5, 2007)—

“Thank you. I will never smoke in my life.” 
“Thank you. I will quit smoking.”

These are just some of the guest comments from the Chicago run of BODY WORLDS in 2005, and now, in partnership with the American Lung Association of Illinois and the Illinois Tobacco Quitline, BODY WORLDS 2: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies now at the Museum of Science and Industry will launch a smoking cessation program, I Quit, on March 5, 2007.

One of the many dramatic displays at BODY WORLDS 2 features blackened smoker’s lungs in a side-by-side comparison with healthy lungs. This striking contrast has moved many exhibit guests to resolve to quit smoking, as noted in several guest letters and in guest comment books.

I Quit was conceived by BODY WORLDS in 2006 after exhibit cleaning crews kept finding unfinished packs of cigarettes discarded on the glass display case containing the smoker’s lung. “Each rejected pack marked a victory by one person against nicotine addiction,” said Dr. Angelina Whalley, a physician and designer of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. “Many visitors to the exhibition reported to us that they had tried everything to quit smoking but only stopped after seeing the smoker’s lung on display,” she said. 

While considering a formal smoking cessation program in conjunction with the BODY WORLDS exhibits, Dr. Whalley remembered the dramatic public service announcement by the actor, Yul Brynner before his death from cancer in 1985.  Mr. Brynner appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America in January 1985 after learning that he had lung cancer, attributed to his heavy smoking.  He spoke of his desire to deliver a message about smoking after his death: “I want to make a commercial and say, ‘Now that I am gone, I tell you: Don’t smoke, whatever you do, just don’t smoke.’”

“This was his last will and testament and I wished for more people to hear it,” said Dr. Whalley. “I wanted to unite his powerful and heartfelt message to the smoker’s lungs to inspire people to give up smoking,” she said.

BODY WORLDS 2, now featured at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, will launch its I Quit campaign on March 5, 2007, and it will continue through the duration of the exhibit run—April 29, 2007. The awareness initiative will feature an inspirational multimedia installation that includes the memorable PSA by the late Yul Brynner, pledge cards for visitors intending to give up smoking, a repository where visitors can leave their last packs of cigarettes, and take-home information about the American Lung Association National LUNG HelpLine and the Illinois Tobacco Quitline.

Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,000 American lives each year, and smoking is directly responsible for 86 percent of long cancer cases, according to American Lung Association research.  This habit also causes most cases of emphysema and bronchitis. Independent surveys conducted at the BODY WORLDS exhibits have revealed that 68 percent of visitors resolved to pay more attention to their physical health after seeing the exhibit.  At one venue where a follow-up survey was conducted, results showed that 10 percent of visitors stated that they had smoked less and consumed less alcohol since their visit to the exhibition.

BODY WORLDS visitors will be faced with the reality of the dangers of smoking and the effect that this habit has on their health and well being. It is our hope that the Illinois Tobacco Quitline’s participation in the I Quit program will provide a free, comprehensive cessation resource for them to pursue,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association of Illinois and the Upper Midwest.

The Lung Association offers a specialized one-on-one cessation counseling through the Illinois Tobacco Quitline as well as group cessation programs in the workplace and online called Freedom From Smoking. The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is available through the American Lung Association of Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST, it offers support in English and Spanish and translation services for more than 150 languages. Staffed with Registered Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, and Addiction Specialists, the program is tailored to each individual’s needs in order to guide them, start to finish, through the cessation process. The Quitline can also be used as additional support alongside other cessation efforts. All services are completely confidential and completely free.

About the American Lung Association   
Beginning its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lung disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association is “Improving life, one breath at a time.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or log on to www.lungusa.org. For more information on the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and similar programs complementing this exhibit, please phone 1-866-QUIT-YES or visit www.lungil.org.

About BODY WORLDS
BODY WORLDS is a collaboration between donor, anatomist and visitor. It is the only public anatomical exhibition that relies on the generosity of body donors—individuals who willed that upon their death, their bodies could be used for the education of many. Excluding a small number of specimens from museum anatomical collections and anatomy programs, the plastinates on display stem from a body donation program begun in 1982 by Dr. von Hagens, now managed by the Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg.  The exhibitions have now been seen by more than 20 million people around the world.

To ensure an enriching experience for all, children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, parent, guardian or school chaperone while in BODY WORLDS 2. The exhibit is not included in general admission and requires a ticket with a specified entry time. The last available entry time is one hour before the exhibit closes. Tickets to the exhibit, which include Museum general admission, are $23 for adults; $19 for seniors and $12.75 for children (3-11). City of Chicago residents receive a discount on general admission.  Tickets are now on sale online at www.msichicago.org; advance purchase is recommended. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for a discount when they book in advance.     

The Museum will offer day and evening hours for BODY WORLDS 2. From January 17 through March 23, 2007, hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. From March 24 through April 29, 2007, BODY WORLDS 2 will be open 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week. After regular Museum hours have ended, only the BODY WORLDS 2 exhibit and Omnimax theater will be accessible. Regular Museum hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MUSEUM-WIDE extended hours will be offered from March 24 through April 7.      

About the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum is open every day of the year except December 25. Regular Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Extended hours, until 5:30 each day, will be offered from March 24- April 7, 2007. General admission pricing is $11 for adults, $9.50 for seniors and $7 for children ages 3 to 11. City of Chicago residents receive a discount on general admission. The Museum offers indoor parking and is accessible by CTA and Metra.  The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit the Museum's Web site at www.msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

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Putting History in Its Place
Gunther von Hagens Visits Historic 'Iron Curtain' Jail

COTTBUS, Germany (Feb. 15 07)—Thirty seven years after anatomist Gunther von Hagens was jailed by state authorities for attempting to escape communist East Germany, he returned to the scene of his incarceration to take care of some unfinished business and to put old history to rest.

On February 10, Dr. von Hagens visited the cell, annexes, and compound of the Cottbus penal colony where he was confined for two years from 1969 to 1971. Once run by the state's Ministerium fur Statessicherheit (or Stasi) -- an agency so ruthless that even the KGB was sometimes appalled by its methods -- the prison, one of the last embarrassing vestiges of totalitarianism, is set to be demolished. Gunther von Hagens was there, he told reporters, "to revisit the scene of my lost years, to reconcile with my past, and to liberate myself literally."

Before his imprisonment, von Hagens (who went by the surname Liebchen in those years) was a third year medical student at the University of Jena. "I was indoctrinated in party ideology though my critical mind was less and less impressed with the ideas I was being fed," he said. He remembered beginning to question Communism and Socialism and gathering information from Western news sources to augment his growing doubts about the system. "I became disillusioned enough to participate in student protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968," von Hagens said. "I became convinced soon after, that the only path was to escape because the alternative was unthinkable to me."

In January 1969, at the age of 23, von Hagens attempted to cross the Czechoslovakia border into Austria and freedom. He failed and was arrested, extradited to East Germany, and sat out nearly 900 days in Cottbus.

Personal autonomy and collective freedom, which were so urgent to him then, are, he says, the impulse and inspiration for his career in science. The democratization of anatomy through Plastination, his BODY WORLDS exhibitions -- the mesmerizing public anatomical presentations that bear his name -- and the Plastinarium, his plastination laboratory in Guben, all address the rights of lay people to access knowledge previously available only to the medical elite, he said.

After touring the cell which he had shared with twenty-two fellow political prisoners, as well as the "tiger cage," a 13' by 8' solitary confinement box with grates, in which the outspoken von Hagens spent two weeks for mouthing off and rejecting the regime, he staged a belated protest and liberation of his own. He and four former inhabitants of Cottbus unhinged the doors of the prison cells and carted them away. "The prison door separated me from freedom. Now that I can take this prison door with me, I am truly free," said Gunther von Hagens.

Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS exhibitions are currently showing in science museums in Dallas, Chicago, and Phoenix. For more information, visit www.bodyworlds.com.

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GUNTHER VON HAGENS’ BODY WORLDS 3: THE ANATOMICAL EXHIBITION OF REAL HUMAN BODIES OPENS AT ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER—PLASTINATES NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN U.S. NOW ON DISPLAY

PHOENIX—(Jan. 26, 2007)
—The Arizona Science Center today announced the opening of their newest exhibition, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, which will visit the Center begining Jan. 26 for a limited engagement. Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, BODY WORLDS 3 is the culmination of the German scientist and physician’s 30-year career in anatomy.  Visitors to the exhibition learn about anatomy, physiology and most importantly the influence of lifestyle choices, like diet and exercise, on personal health by viewing real human bodies permanently preserved through an innovative method called Plastination. The exhibition is sponsored locally by JPMorgan Chase and The Arizona Republic.

BODY WORLDS 3 is a compelling, memorable experience that will give all who view it a new perspective on the inner workings of the human body and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices,” said Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center. “The exhibition features more than 200 real human specimens, and it gives visitors access to a deeper understanding of disease and pathology formerly only available to surgeons. Through examples such as arthritis in the aging process, the effects of tobacco consumption and the complexity of the nervous system, the exhibition has given me an incredible respect for what it means to be human.

BODY WORLDS 3 also features five new plastinates that have never before been seen in the United States.  The On Point Dancer, the Juxtaposed Couple, the Female Orthopedic Body, the Limber Gymnast with Organs and the Walker all make their U.S. debut at the Arizona Science Center.

The Plastination process was invented by Dr. von Hagens at the University of Heidelberg in 1977. The process replaces the natural fluids in the body, through vacuum-forced impregnation, with reactive fluid plastics that harden after curing with light, heat and certain gasses. Plastination provides the flexibility and strength needed to display and permanently preserve specimens in realistic forms, without the use of glass barriers and formaldehyde. Dr. von Hagens founded the Institute for Plastination in 1993, in order to offer plastinated specimens for educational use and for the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. All anatomical specimens on display in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions are authentic. The bodies on display stem from the Institute’s body donation program for Plastination.  The donor roster includes more than 7000 donors, including over 400 Americans, that have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

BODY WORLDS allows people from all backgrounds to better understand the body and how it functions,” said Dr. von Hagens. “As event anatomy, BODY WORLDS juxtaposes healthy and diseased organs and features whole body specimens in dynamic lifelike poses. Plastinated anatomy is beauty beneath the skin, frozen in time between death and decay. It opens the heart to our inner self and makes us fall in love with our own body.”

BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor. Over 20 million visitors in more than 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged in the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996.

Tickets for BODY WORLDS 3 are available at www.azscience.org.

  • Non-member tickets, including general admission to the Science Center:

  • $22 for adults; $16 for children (3-12) and youths (13-18)

  • $18.50 for seniors (62+) and students (19-29) with a valid college ID

  • For student field trips or group reservations, please call 602-716-2028

  • Audio guides can be rented for the exhibition at $4 for adults, seniors (62+) and students (19-29) with a valid college ID and $3 for children (3-12) and youths (13-18)

For more information about the exhibition, Plastination or body donation, visit the Arizona Science Center Web site at www.azscience.org or www.bodyworlds.com.

About the Arizona Science Center
The mission of the Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people about science.  The Center, located at 600 E. Washington St. in Copper Square in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and Arizona’s newest IMAX® theater. For more information visit the web site at www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000.

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UNPRECEDENTED. AUTHENTIC. INSPIRING.OMSI ANNOUNCES GUNTHER VON HAGENS’

BODY WORLDS 3: THE ANATOMICAL EXHIBITION OF REAL HUMAN BODIES

OMSI Secures Unprecedented Presenting Sponsorship From
Oregon Health & Science University For Exhibition


PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan 23, 2007)—The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) announced today it will host the Pacific Northwest debut of the internationally renowned exhibition, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies, opening June 7 for a limited engagement. OMSI also announced it has partnered with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for the exhibition run in Portland, marking an unprecedented sponsorship from the nationally recognized health and science university.  The exhibition is also supported by Hillsboro-based Acumed, a provider of unique orthopedic trauma and reconstruction products.

BODY WORLDS 3 explores health science, anatomy and physiology through the study of real human bodies preserved through “plastination,” Dr. von Hagens’ groundbreaking method of preserving the body for anatomical study.

The third of von Hagens’ three public anatomical exhibitions, the 23,000-square-foot BODY WORLDS 3 features more than 200 authentic organs and 25 whole-body specimens or plastinates fixed in dramatic and athletic poses, giving visitors the opportunity to observe the body’s various locomotive, digestive, nervous and vascular systems, and compare healthy and diseased organs, such as the lungs of a smoker and non-smoker.

“OMSI is thrilled to partner with OHSU in bringing BODY WORLDS 3 to Oregon,” OMSI President Nancy Stueber said. “In this one-of-a-kind exhibition, our guests will encounter both the resilience and fragility of the human body. They will discover how a body works when it is healthy and how it breaks down when it is not. We hope the exhibit sparks thoughtful conversations about what it means to be human, and inspires visitors to learn more about their health.”

OHSU President Joseph Robertson Jr., M.D., M.B.A., said sponsoring the anatomical exhibition is a natural fit for OHSU.

“OHSU is proud to join OMSI in bringing this incredible exhibit to Portland. It’s an outstanding exhibit with unlimited educational value, and supporting it is very much in keeping with OHSU’s missions of healing, teaching, discovery and service,” said Robertson, who also serves on OMSI’s board of trustees.

As partners, OMSI and OHSU will work together to present a number of onsite and offsite health and science programs statewide that complement the exhibit’s messages about health, fitness and medical technology. OHSU will also provide hundreds of volunteers, medical and non-medical, to staff the exhibit, which is expected to draw thousands.

OHSU will provide “Ask The Expert” kiosks at OMSI, where visitors can meet with OHSU health experts. Other slated programs include a health lecture series, career day events, science classes, and teacher education programs, as well as group tours and overnight trips for schools from distant communities. OMSI will also show the complementary, giant-screen film “The Human Body” during the exhibit run.

“BODY WORLDS 3 may prove to be the most important health exhibition to ever grace OMSI’s halls,” Stueber said. “We encourage everyone to come and experience it for themselves.”

Admission to BODY WORLDS 3 will be conducted by timed ticketing. Tickets for general public go on sale March 15. Tickets for OMSI members go on sale March 1. Advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online at www.omsi.edu. Additional information is also available on the website.

About BODY WORLDS 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies
BODY WORLDS 3 is a collaboration, a joint quest towards enlightenment between donor, anatomist and visitor. Nearly 20 million visitors in 35 cities across Asia, Europe, and North America have engaged in the pact since its debut in Japan in 1996, and more than 6800 donors including 208 Americans have bequeathed their bodies to von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany.

About OMSI
Founded in 1944, OMSI is one of the nation’s top ten science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public's understanding of science and technology. OMSI is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and relies on admissions, memberships and donations to continue its educational mission, programs and exhibits. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit www.omsi.edu.

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university, and only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), with nearly 12,000 employees. OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves 189,000 patients, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.

About Acumed
Acumed designs innovative orthopedic implants that help surgeons heal broken bones. Based in Hillsboro, Oregon, Acumed's mission is to aid the afflicted through the ingenuity of our minds, the labor of our hands and the compassion of our hearts.All BODY WORLDS ® images and logos © 2001-2006, Institute for Plastination. All rights reserved. Used Under Authorization.

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