To mark its 50th anniversary in 2005 the Foundation made a grant of $500,000 to the University of Auckland which enabled this wonderfully designed Centre to be built in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.
This new purpose built learning Centre on the Campus brings together under-graduate and post-graduate teaching in anatomy, radiology, pathology, and clinical skills. It is also available to post-graduate doctors, clinicians, and researchers from our District Health Boards, and other tertiary institutions.
The Centre is designed to be a museum, a classroom, a library, a lecture theatre, and a multi-media facility all rolled into one facility. It makes use of an extensive collection of teaching tools including pathology specimens and plastinated body models which demonstrate the complex systems of the human body. The knowledge gained as to how a disease affects the body is the key to developing new treatments.
The Centre retains a museum theme, with shelving organised in a circular arrangement around a central core which depicts Da Vinci’s classic symmetrical image – the Vitruvian man. The circular concept symbolises the classic medical lecture theatre of the University of Padua, where anatomy teaching ushered in the modern era of medical education.