Human Anatomy Educational Research

Within this line of research, the 'Anatomy and Embryology Research Group' aims to use human bodies and their data in research on training. This includes research on anatomical education as well as the use of the bodies for training.

Research projects

Enhancing patient safety through stepwise proficiency-based validated training curricula involving human cadavers

Developing competency-based validated training curricula to progressively learn specific skills is the preferred methodology to effectively improve patient safety.


Development of surgical training programs

The development of high-quality training courses in which (non-) technical skills can be taught, whether or not using human bodies.


Vascular reperfusion of human cadaveric tissues

Installing perfusion into the blood vessels of human tissues to make surgical training more realistic and to develop casts for anatomical teaching.


Ultrasonography to learn human anatomy

Research into the use and added value of ultrasound in student education to acquire anatomical 3D insight and, in time, knowledge of pathologies.


Development of a competence-based step-by-step curriculum in the placement of chest drains


  • Research into the development of a competency-based training curriculum for the placement of chest drains takes place in the lab for Experimental Surgery (-1 Block B) and in CETRAS. In addition, the development will also be tested on the actual patient at University Hospital Ghent. The training curriculum on liver surgery (in collaboration with Isabelle Van Herzeele and Roberto Troisi) is done in CETRAS, in the Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery (University Hospital Ghent) and on 4B3 (Virtual Reality).
  • The development of hands-on training skills takes place in the skills lab (2K3), operating room of the University Hospital Ghent (2K12), the Simman room (12K12) and CETRAS, in collaboration with numerous clinicians from UZ Gent:

- Gynaecology and obstetrics: Tjalina Hamerlinck and Isabelle Dehaene

- Orthopaedics: Alexander Van Tongel

- Urology: Thomas Tailly

- Surgery: Piet Pattyn, Isabelle Van Herzeele, Frederik Berrevoet, Yves Van Belleghem, Katrien François, Frank Vermassen, Yves Van Nieuwenhove, Liesbeth Desender, Luís Abreu de Carvalho, Aude Vanlander, Elke Van Daele, Lucas Matthyssens

- Anaesthesia: Luc Debaerdemaeker, Stefaan BouchezAnneliese Moerman

Teachers from Artevelde University Ghent are also involved in these training courses: Dieter Vyt, Pascal Vander Meeren and Veerle Luytens

  • Vascular perfusion of human cadavers takes place in CETRAS. Corrosive casts are made in collaboration with Prof. dr. Pieter Cornillie of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (University Ghent).
  • The ultrasound research will be conducted in collaboration with employees of the Radiology Department of the University Hospital Ghent (head of department Eric Achten). A location for this project has yet to be determined.



  • Wouter Willaert, researcher