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Dr Paul M. Rea

Dr Paul M. ReaSenior University Teacher in Human Life Sciences
Paul graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow and then went into clinical training in a wide range of hospital specialties. He was then appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Glasgow teaching medical, dental and science students. During his time as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake a part time MSc in craniofacial anatomy alongside his teaching duties. His research won the Scottish Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow prize. He returned to clinical practice in pathology receiving training in all areas of histopathology, including post-mortem analysis. He then returned to the University of Glasgow and was appointed as a University Teacher and promoted to Senior University Teacher. He is also one of the Licensed Teachers of Anatomy, appointed by St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh. He teaches across the medical, dental, speech and language pathology and science degree programmes. His research interests are two-fold: clinically applied anatomy, and the applications of digital technologies in creation of anatomically accurate educational products, based on actual human tissue from our anatomical donors and medical imaging scans. From his digital research and long-standing successfully partnership with the Digital Design Studio (DDS), The Glasgow School of Art, he also is the University of Glasgow’s Programme Coordinator for the innovative MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy. This is a joint degree between these two leading institutes. Paul has presented his research at many international conferences, published widely and also is the author of four clinically applied anatomy textbooks. He is an External Examiner at a number of leading institutes in the UK and is passionate about public engagement with anatomy. He is an extremely enthusiastic participant in public engagement with the Glasgow Science Centre, and was key to the anatomical input for the international exhibition BodyWorks. Paul holds several degrees, postgraduate qualifications, memberships of learned societies and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Research and Teaching Interests

Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy, in collaboration with colleagues at the Digital Design Studio. In this taught postgraduate degree, he combines the florid history of anatomy with modern day anatomical practice. Training in this degree not only focuses on the anatomy of the human body but the history of anatomical practice and related legislation Recent projects for the MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy have focused on a variety of projects from the creation of interactive games, tutorials and educational materials around applied anatomy and surgery through to the more historical side of anatomy From the medical humanities perspective, several fields have been examined in developing material for virtual museums of modern day and historical anatomical and pathological specimens A variety of imaging modalities and software packages have been used to capture the anatomical and pathological specimens to enable a digital record to be created Use of photogrammetry in capturing modern and historical anatomy and pathology specimens, and determining suitable options for dry specimens and those in jars with preservative fluids for optimal visualisation Creation of interactive 3D digital material from image capture of anatomy/pathology specimens using object VR (object VR), Adobe Pro XI, Meshlab, Agisoft Photoscan, Autodesk Recap, Autodesk Memento, and embedding material into interactive PDFs or Sketchfab Collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Open University to create a digital record and presentation of historical surgical instruments of international significance for inclusion in an online learning module entitled “Medicine and Society in Europe, 1500-1930”. This work was undertaken by applying photogrammetry of the collection held by the RCPSG of internationally important historical surgical instruments. This was done by using digital software tools in the creation of an online record to enhance professional and public engagement with historically significant surgical instruments.


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