Human Anatomy Dissection Seminar

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The dissection course is run over three days based on feedback from previous learners. The dissection experience, while enriching and powerfully educational, is one that impacts your professional and private life long after the course is finished. John’s experience has led him to the opinion that three days is the ideal amount of time mixed with short breaks to allow for discussion and contemplation of this rich and unique educational event.

This seminar is open to all individuals with a keen interest in and a knowledge of human anatomy.


This rare and unique three day dissection course will involve the use of soft fixed cadavers using the Thiel embalming method. Our cadavers now exhibit a greater degree of flexibility and true colour retention compared to that of traditional formalin-fixed cadavers. Each day will involve a short presentation before moving into the dissection room where under the guidance of clinical anatomist John Sharkey and a team of experienced dissectors you will dissect a specific area. There will be plenty of time for questions and personal enquiry. This is a rare opportunity to explore the human form and our team of experienced tutors will do all we can to support you and make this a unique educational experience.  We also hope to have an opportunity to investigate areas of participant’s own interest.

BioTensegrity- Genetics, Kinetics and Synergetics.
This three-day course will involve short presentations from John Sharkey and Joanne Avison. Following the short presentations learners will immediately begin the dissection having familiarised themselves with the local anatomy and topography.
Biotensegrity will be our main theme in the course providing the foundation for our understanding of the continuity of the human form.
A special focus will be around the subject of Embryological Origins; on a scale of softness to stiffness (of soft tissue) throughout our lives. Considering that we live and develop between conception and elder hood, as a tensioned network that relies on BioTensegrity organisation to grow and change and emerge differently, at any point in time; over time…. in a continuum.

Explore how movement and form, in BioTensegrity architecture, are exquisitely interrelated from conception and throughout life.

Expand your perception of our self-assembly and how humans as the architects become or respond to our loading history?

Question how does appropriate stiffness relate to tensional integrity and elasticity in motion; from the cradle to the grave?

Witness the tensional nature of the body while we discuss how we grow what we are looking at in the dissection; such as the heart, the limbs and viscera.


The workshop is delivered by two Internationally respected authorities in bodywork therapy, John Sharkey, Ireland and Joanne Avison, UK.

JOHN SHARKEY is a Clinical Anatomist (BACA), accredited exercise physiologist (BASES) and founder of European Neuromuscular Therapy. John is a founding member of the Biotensegrity Interest Group (B.I.G.) and provides unique Biotensegrity focused dissection courses to manual and movement therapists and other allied professionals in Dundee University, Scotland. John is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (JBMT), International Journal of Osteopathy and is a medical team member  for the Olympic Council of Ireland.

JOANNE AVISON a Structural Integrator (IASI) and an early graduate of Tom Myer’s KMI school (1999-2001). Joanne became a Certified Teacher of Kinesis, before designing the yoga teacher training programme. Her considerable experience in both movement and manual therapy inspired the school’s unique approach to yoga and anatomy.

Joanne is also a CMED Graduate (2004) and has studied extensively in human development as well as specialising in soft tissue and the links between archetypal behaviour and physiology. Her intensive studies include Human Dissection and movement research in Fascial Fitness with Robert Schleip.

John has been joined on this three day full body dissection course by many renowned experts over the years including:

  • DR. ANTONIO STECCO, MD, PhD who is a Clinical Instructor at Rusk Rehabilitation, New York University, a Specialist in Physical medicine and Rehabilitation, President of Fascial Manipulation Association and a member of the International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ISPRM).Dr. Stecco’s scientific activity is devoted to the study the human fasciae from a macroscopically, histologically and physio-pathologically point of view. He has personally completed over 100 cadaver dissections for research. Since 2007 he has organised and personally held theoretical-practical courses about the Fascial Manipulation ®/STECCO® method in every continent around the world. He is the author of more than 40 papers about fascia. He is also the Co-Authors of three books and different chapters of international books published by Elsevier.
  • DR. NIALL GALLOWAY an Associate Professor of Urology at the Emory University School of Medicine, Chief of Female Urology and Director of Emory Continence Center. Dr. Galloway graduated  from Aberdeen University in 1974.Following surgical training, he pursued specialisation in the field of female pelvic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Galloway serves as the Director of Transitional Care and Adult Clinical Services of the Center for Spina Bifida Research and Prevention. He is involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents and post-graduate fellows and is the author of multiple scientific journal articles.
  • DR. JEAN CLAUDE GUIMBERTEAU a plastic surgeon who specialises in reconstructive general surgery and hand and microsurgery. He is the co-founder and scientific director of the “Institut Aquitain de la Main”. He is member of the French Hand Society (GEM),  past President 2012 of the French Plastic and Reconstructive surgery society (SOFCPRE), and member of the French Academy of Surgery. He was a member of the Health Service High Authority from 2007-2010. He was trained in the Hand and Plastid department of the Bordeaux University.During this surgical training, he was one of the pioneers in microsurgery and transplantations. He introduced innovative concepts in hand anatomy, physiology and secondary flexor tendon repair; he has been supported for many years by Pr Cl Verdan and Pr H.E. Kleinert. He is a pioneer in endoscopy exploration of the tissue organization of the human body. Director and Producer of many videos on living matter and has developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new ontology for human interior architectures.
  • GRAHAM SCARR is a chartered biologist and an osteopath with a particular interest in structural mechanics. Fascinated by the numerous examples of geometric patterns and shapes in nature, he has been researching their significance over many years.He is part of a specific interest group looking at the significance of the biotensegrity concept to biomechanics and clinical practice. Working closely with Dr. Stephen Levin he has developed new models that progress our understanding of the structure-function relationship in biology. Graham is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of  The Royal Society of Biology, and has published several papers on this subject.


This Human Anatomy Dissection Seminar runs at University of Dundee, Scotland on the following dates and times in 2018:
Thursday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

June 28th, 2018
June 29th, 2018
June 30th, 2018


University of Dundee
School of Life Sciences