The Brain Exhibit

The human brain weighs about 3 pounds and has three main parts: the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the brain stem. Each part serves vital functions in maintaining human life functions. Many disease processes can interfere with functioning and lead to clinical disease manifestations. These clinical conditions can lead to abnormalities that can be observed in brain specimens.

When removed from the skull, the brain is as soft as jello. However, brain tissue can be preserved with chemicals such as formaldehyde, and carefully dissected and encased in plastic blocks for future study. The Department of Pathology has an exhibit of human brains processed in this manner that is available to teachers for student viewing as a teaching opportunity. The samples in the exhibit were collected during autopsies performed by pathologists  at UTHSC and from cadavers donated to the University. Pathology resident physicians from the Department are available to assist with the exhibit and to provide on-site instruction and answer questions pertaining to the human brain.

This exhibit was developed by UTHSC Pathology Department faculty, hosted by Pfizer, Inc, and first shown at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, TN in 2010.



Contact Us

The Brain Exhibit

For scheduling information contact:

Patricia Fayne
Administrative Assistant
930 Madison Avenue
Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone (901) 448-6353
Fax (901) 448-6979