VIVIT – a live post mortem experience

The VIVIT Experience as featured on Dragons Den in 2018 is coming to Peterborough at an event organised by University Centre Peterborough. This unique opportunity is an intensive experience aimed at giving students and teachers a practical insight into anatomy and physiology.

To launch the new BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences degree at University Centre Peterborough, they have teamed up The VIVIT Experience, which is the world’s first travelling live post mortem.  This will provide an opportunity that most students or teachers will never get and some of what is offered during The VIVIT experience session not even medical professionals can get to see and do.

Samuel Piri, who was a former teacher, founded The VIVIT Experience in 2015 and his team of anatomists and clinicians have trained at leading universities and deliver The VIVIT Experience within some of the UK’s most prestigious institutions.

Samuel who performs the post mortems with his team said “By attending this event you’ll be inspired, leaving with an in-depth and unprecedented understanding of what lies beneath your skin.”

The VIVIT Experience was even featured on Dragons Den last year and successfully secured investment from both Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden.

This nationally award winning academic experience is now making its way to University Centre Peterborough and will take place on Sunday 26th May 2019.

The event is suitable for A-level and BTEC students as well as teachers in sixth form or college with an interest in biomedical science, biology, human biology, pharmacology, forensics, sports science, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and nutrition.

“The VIVIT Experience is an incredible way to learn human anatomy and physiology, giving students access to such an interactive real experience is unlike anything we’ve ever come across before”
Science Director, BBC

What is VIVIT?

This VIVIT Experience offers the chance to participate in a recreated post mortem experience conducted on VIVIT – the worlds’ only semi-synthetic human cadaver. At this event you will be taken on a scientifically accurate recreated human body dissection learning in-depth anatomy and physiology.

The anatomy used is not human, but of swine origin, which is identical in size and structure and once harvested the samples are moved into VIVIT.  VIVIT is a life-size synthetic cadaver which is dissected for the audience to teach the structure and function of the human body.

The procedure will be led by Samuel Piri who will first set out the basics of anatomical dissection before systematically working their way through the anatomical cavities comparing normal specimens with various states of pathology.

Whilst progressing through the dissection there will the additional specimens at stations for students to dissect themselves in small groups as they begin to map their understanding of structure, function and pathology to the 3D real specimens.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions and at the same time handle the anatomical samples and even the chance to undertake some dissection for yourself.

How can I take part?

The VIVIT Experience will take place at University Centre Peterborough on Sunday 26th May 2019 from 9.30am to 3.00pm.  The event is limited to 80 participants which allows you to fully engage with the experience. 

Study Biological Sciences in Peterborough

University Centre Peterborough have launched a new BA (Hons) Biological Sciences degree, which was created in consultation with employers to give students the skills they require for the workplace. 

Students will gain a detailed knowledge and understanding of key biological processes and principles, together with the technical and scientific skills they will need to acquire, interpret and analyse data in health or laboratory settings.

They will learn the specific techniques and applications used in a broad range of sectors, including pathology, biomedicine, toxicology and forensics, as well as environmental settings such as pollution monitoring and control.

In in the second year of the course, there is a ‘Work Placements and Learning module’, where all students will have the opportunity to work with an employer on a project, which may take place inside or outside of the placement workplace.

The course has close links with Peterborough City Hospital and previous graduates have also secured jobs and work placements in a variety of roles at Papworth and Addenbrookes hospitals.

In Peterborough there is a high demand for fully trained and skilled professionals within scientific roles and there are nearly 6,000 jobs in Peterborough alone, which is part of a large cluster of life science employers throughout Cambridgeshire.

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