SOURCE: National Museum of Health and Medicine

National Museum of Health and Medicine

November 06, 2013 11:03 ET

Life-Size Version of Einstein Brain Atlas App on Display at Neuroscience 2013

Interactive iPad App Holds Hundreds of Never-Before-Seen Images of the Genius' Brain

SAN DIEGO, CA and CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Nov 6, 2013) - The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago's Einstein Brain Atlas iPad app has been transformed into a life-size interactive device that will be on display in the Leica Biosystems booth at Neuroscience 2013, the premier annual neuroscience conference held by the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, November 9th-13th.

Originally designed for viewing on the iPad, the app will be displayed on a 60-inch touchscreen inside the booth, allowing visitors to interact with hundreds of life-size, ultra-high resolution digital slides of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein's neuroanatomy via virtual microscope technology called Vscope.

Dr. Philip Epstein, an NMHM Chicago consultant and neuro researcher, will be at the Leica Biosystems booth speaking about this remarkable app and demonstrating ways it is revolutionizing global neuroscience research, including the use of Aperio ePathology image sharing and image analysis products.

"The development of this revolutionary app and the Vscope technology represents the first time crucial scientific knowledge, previously reserved for a select few, is being made available to the general population," said Dr. Michael Doyle, Chairman of the NMHM Chicago.

The remarkable collection of 550 slides was donated to the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) in Silver Spring, Md., after the death of Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy of Einstein in 1955.

The slides were digitized by Leica Biosystems Aperio ePathology, a leader in providing global pathology solutions, enabling researchers, scientists and enthusiasts around the world to view the original slides prepared by Dr. Harvey on an iPad as if they were sitting in front of a microscope.

Eolas Technologies Inc., of Tyler, Texas, developed the digitized slides into the app that is now being used by neuroscientists, researchers, educators and others interested in science to explore sections of Einstein's brain in microscopic detail.

Both the iPad app and the life-size adaptation of it are the result of a collaborative research and development agreement between the Department of Defense's medical museums in Maryland and Chicago. All profits from app sales are being donated by Eolas to support both museums.

About National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago

The National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago is the first of what is planned to be a series of 501(c) (3) public charity institutions around the country to act as satellites of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, which is located in our nation's capitol. These privately funded satellite museums will collectively form a central online repository for the DC museum's digital collections, archives, and computational resources and, as such, will help the DC museum share its extensive collections digitally with a worldwide audience. Through electronic publishing, ongoing research, and public outreach programs, the satellite museums will support and enrich the mission of the NMHM, and help the museum foster a better understanding of the past, present and future of health and medicine across the United States. For more information, visit NMHMChicago.org

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients' lives. Leica Biosystems provides anatomical pathology laboratories and researchers a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Further information can be found at LeicaBiosystems.com.

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