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MEDinART in Vesalius event_Embassy of Belgium in Kazakstan: The final program.

Category : Events

Delighted to announce that MEDinART will be presented in the Vesalius event that will take place in Astana, Kazakstan!

Event: Andreas Vesalius 500 Birthday Conference

Organizers: Embassy of Belgium in Astana, Kazakstan in cooperation with the Medical University of Astana.

6 October 2015, 16:00 at the Medical University of Astana.




Here is the final program with the lectures from distinguished Vesalius scholars: Theo Dirix, Raphael Suy, Leonid Karp, Johan Focquet, Pascale Pollier, Vivian Nutton, Gulzira Sagimova.

More info about the event, HERE




















Johan Focquet: Orfit Industries owes a lot to Andreas Vesalius

Summary: Orfit Industries owes a lot to Andreas Vesalius. Our core businesses of physical rehabilitation and radiation oncology patient positioning systems could not have developed into what they are today without in-depth knowledge of the human anatomy. Vesalius’ care for detail in describing the human body enables us today to provide medical professionals with (sub)millimeter-precise positioning solutions for radiotherapy. Occupational and physical therapists use our thermoplastic splinting materials to achieve the most effective treatments based on their thorough insight in the human muscular system. Innovation is as much part of Orfit’s DNA as it was of Andreas Vesalius’ DNA. Innovative methods and technologies help us in setting new standards in medical care, for which Belgium is so well known.

CV: Johan Focquet is an experienced European sales and marketing executive. He joined Orfit Industries NV in 2011 as Export Sales Manager, responsible for managing a network of distributors in Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. Until then, he held various positions in the fields of sales and marketing at the European headquarters of Pioneer Corp., a Japanese multinational in the electronics market. Being active in an international environment, enables him to combine his professional objectives with his personal aspirations of meeting new people and learning new cultures.

Theo Dirix: In search of Andreas Vesalius – Portraits and other Hoaxes

Summary: Andreas Vesalius did not travel to Jerusalem under pressure of the inquisition, neither as penance nor escape: he went there as a devout pilgrim with the support of his employer. Upon his return, he did not die on a deserted beach in the Ionian Sea, the only victim of a shipwreck. Weakened by his stay in the Holy Land and by an unfortunate return journey, he died in 1564 in Zakynthos, Greece, and was buried there in the Santa Maria delle Grazie Church, now destroyed by earthquakes. What began as a quest for his lost grave, has turned into a crusade against persistent inaccuracies and stubborn assumptions in Vesalius’s biography.

CV: Theo Dirix has held the office of Consul in Embassies of Belgium in (successively) Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and, since 2011, in Greece. Before 1989, he worked for the Flemish Radio 3 and commented on (mainly Moroccan) literature. He has never stopped writing travel stories, mainly about graves. In 2014, he publishes: “In search of Andreas Vesalius – The quest for the Lost Grave”.

Leonid Karp: Vesalius’ contribution to medicine of critical conditions

Summary: The history of tracheostomy and intubation of a trachea is quite unique, as throughout 4 millennia (approximately from 2000 BC to the XX century) these methods fell into oblivion, and then again were rediscovered. Initially they were only revival methods, and only then began to be applied as planned manipulations when carrying out the artificial ventilation of lungs. Only in Renaissance the tracheostomy appeared as important medical procedure again. If to address to written sources of this era, actually the tracheostomy for carrying out IVL was for the first time described in 1543 by 28-year-old Andreas Vesalius in his monumental 7-volume work “About a Structure of a Human Body” which Russian translation occupies about 2000 pages. In transformation of a tracheostomy from only resuscitation procedure in planned manipulation Andreas Vesalius, undoubtedly, is if not the pioneer, then one of the most main applicants for this discovery.

CV: Leonid Karp graduated from Tselinograd State Medical Institute in 1971, and obtained his PhD degree at the Institute of Social Hygiene and Health Care Organization in Moscow. His thesis topic concerned morbidity in rural areas of Northern Kazakhstan. Since 1974, he has been a professor – and, since 2005, the chair – at the Department of Public Health in Astana Medical University, where he teaches health care organization and history of medicine. His main research interests are human development, suicide, sociological aspects of euthanasia and motor-vehicle traumatism. He has participated in numerous scientific congresses and seminars and has over 150 scientific publications. In 2014 Professor Karp was awarded The Best Professor award by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan.

Gulzira Sagimova: Andreas Vesalius and “The Fabric of the Human Body”

Summary: Andreas Vesalius (1514 – 1564), Renaissance Belgian anatomist, physician and author of one of the most influential books on human anatomy, who revolutionized the study of biology and the practice of medicine by his careful description of the anatomy of the human body. Basing his observations on dissections that he made himself, he wrote and illustrated the first comprehensive textbook of anatomy. His major work “De humani corporis fabrica libri septem” (“The Seven Books on the Structure of the Human Body”) commonly known as the Fabrica, was printed in 1543. In this epochal work, Vesalius deployed all his scientific, humanistic and aesthetic gifts. The Fabrica was a more extensive and accurate description of the human body than any put forward by his predecessors; it gave anatomy a new language and, in the elegance of its printing and organization, a perfection hitherto unknown. Thanks to his invaluable contribution, Vesalius is often referred to as the founder of modern human anatomy.

CV: Gulzira Sagimova has been working as a senior teacher of department of Human Anatomy and Operative Surgery in Medical University Astana since 1991, when she graduated from Tselinograd State Medical Institute. She researches development of lymphoid tissue of gastrointestinal tract and has over 50 scientific publications.


(A) Movies

1. Fabrica Vitae Pilot Film from Anderewereldfilms and Pascale Pollier:

“Genius lives on, all else is mortal.” Unique visions on the future of humanity and the hitherto “organic carbon man”. Five hundred years after the birth of Andreas Vesalius, the founder of modern anatomy, a film will show how the legacy of Vesalius is still challenging new generations of artists and scientists to create groundbreaking work. A group of contemporary, brilliant scientists and innovative artists will be questioned about their work and what they perceive the future of “humanity and the physical human body” to be. It will be fascinating to record their unique visions of man’s mortality, decay and death. Along with the ecorches of the ‘Fabrica’, the exploration and ‘dissection’ of these pioneering minds will be the backbone of this documentary. The film will glorify the wonder of corporal anatomy as we know it and will ponder upon the revolutionary technological physical enhancements which have transformed and will further change the future of the hitherto “organic carbon man”. Brief presentation on the annotated translation in English of the “Fabrica” by Ms Franziska Suter from Karger Editions Basel

2. MEDinART video Where Medicine and Art Collide,  from Vasia Hatzi, PhD. Geneticist:

MEDinART ( is a continuously growing global gallery of artists around the world that communicate through their art aspects of biomedical sciences. The main goals of this art-network are to connect medicine with arts, introduce bio-medical inspired art to the broader audience, highlight biomedical issues through different forms of art, bring together med-inspired artists and trigger scientists to communicate their research fields using creative and innovative ways. Today, MEDinART features the work of more than 120 contemporary artists from all around the world.  

(B) Books

  1. The Fabric of the Human Body. An Annotated Translation of the 1543 and 1555 Editions of “De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem”, by D.H. Garrison and M.H. Hast. Karger, Basel, 2014 (short versions)
  2. In search of Andreas Vesalius – The quest of the Lost Grave, by Theo Dirix, Lannoo, 2014