Project supports simultaneous, global, real-time viewing of
Einstein’s brain for rapid sharing and collaboration.
VISTA, CA, August 21, 2013 – Aperio ePathology, a leader in providing global pathology solutions, has digitized over 550 slides of Einstein’s brain enabling researchers, scientists, and enthusiasts around the world to view the original slides prepared by Dr. Thomas Harvey, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy of Albert Einstein in 1955.
The remarkable collection of slides was donated to the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) in Silver Spring, MD after the pathologist’s death. “The museum has a mission to preserve and protect this collection while facilitating its safe, responsible, and scholarly study,” said Dr. Michael Doyle, Founder and Board Chairman of the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago.
The Einstein Brain Atlas app for iPad was developed for NMHM Chicago by Tyler, TX-based Eolas Technologies Inc. The app allows neuroscientists, researchers, educators, and others interested in science to explore sections of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s brain in microscopic detail. All profits from app sales are being donated by Eolas to support both museums.
“By working with Leica Biosystems’ Aperio ePathology technology, we’ve been able to capture the vast amount of information contained in the slides at a resolution high enough so that the slides can be stored safely away while the data can be made available to everyone,” said Doyle.
About two-thirds of the total slides from the Einstein brain collection have been released to the public. Work is currently underway to release the remaining images in coming months.
NMHM Chicago chose Leica Biosystems’ Aperio ePathology for its best-in-class scanning and sharing solutions. “We are honored to be involved with the digital preservation of such an important historical artifact,” said Dr. Jared Schwartz, Chief Medical Officer of Leica Biosystems. “But this is not just about preservation. Our solutions support sharing and collaboration for researchers around the world and also eliminate slide shipping costs, travel time, and the risk of damaging or losing the slides.”
The digitization project was funded by the Buonacorsi Foundation, which supports projects in the arts and sciences that promise to provide a long-lasting positive impact on the human condition.
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 with a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Their 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.
San Diego Neuroscience Meeting
Leica pitched using the Einstein project exhibit as part of the Leica Microsystems booth at the Neuroscience Meeting in San Diego. Leica worked with the National Museum of Health + Medicine to clone their computers and bring the exhibit (the actual Einstein brain App on a touch screen) to the booth. Dr. Philip Epstein featured as a keynote speaker from the Einstein project in daily talks.
The Leica Microsystems team also had custom Einstein shirts made that stated “Get Inside Einstein’s Brain,” with a picture of Einstein on the back, which were highly coveted by customers.
There were four 70 inch screens overhead announcing the Einstein talks. These talks were well attended and the Einstein talks clearly differentiated us from the competition. Close to 900 leads/touches (final numbers to be reported) at the booth were reported, blowing away the levels from the previous year (about 700). This was key for the Leica Microsystems team, who rebuilt and redesigned the large booth to accommodate our Einstein presentation. It was a true cross-marketing partnership for LMS and LBS to be co-exhibiting at this booth.