About Paul Rea

Paul graduated in Medicine from the University of Glasgow and then went into clinical training in a wide range of hospital specialties. He was then appointed as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy at the University of Glasgow teaching medical, dental and science students. During his time as an Associate Lecturer in Anatomy, he was awarded a scholarship to undertake a part time MSc in craniofacial anatomy alongside his teaching duties. This won the Scottish Royal Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow prize. He returned to clinical practice in pathology receiving training in all areas of histopathology, cytopathology and post-mortem analysis. He returned to the University of Glasgow appointed as a University Teacher and promoted to Senior Lecturer. He is a Licensed Teacher of Anatomy, appointed by St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh. He teaches across the medical, dental and science programmes. He holds a PhD in neuroscience, DipFMS, SFHEA and FRSA. Paul has published over 150 items as books, book chapters, journal articles, abstracts, conference proceedings and has presented his work at many national and international conferences. He is the lead for public engagement in anatomy, has been a Meet the Expert with the Glasgow Science Centre, and was key to the anatomical input to the international exhibition BodyWorks, as a member of its Advisory Committee. He is a STEM ambassador. His research involves a successful strategic partnership with the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art. This has led to multi-million pound investment in creating world leading 3D digital datasets to be used in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to enhance learning and assessment. This successful collaboration has resulted in the creation of the world’s first taught MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy combining anatomy and digital technologies with internationally recognised leading digital experts. Paul is the Programme Leader for this degree.

Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality

Visualising Medical Heritage and Virtual Reality
Thursday 23rd May, 6.30pm

Our Visualising Medical Heritage Project brings medical history to life and enables enhanced access to our museum collection through cutting edge visualisation technology. Join us for a series of events where we will explore the different potentials of visualisation, combining medical history, science and the creative arts.
This workshop looks at the wonderful world of VR. From 3D digital modelling to VR headsets and Minecraft, find out how new technologies are helping us to bring our medical heritage to life.
We’ll also be joined by Holoxica Ltd and The School of Simulation and Visualisation at the Glasgow School of Art – they’ll be demonstrating some amazing, new technologies which explore imaginative uses of 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.
The event starts at 6:30pm and is suitable for adults and children 12+
Venue: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Book here – https://rcpsg.ac.uk/events/HERITAGEVMH230519-2019-05-23-121

Our Visualising Medical Heritage project is supported by Museums Galleries Scotland.

Invite for Book Chapter

I have an exciting opportunity to contribute a book chapter to the book volume entitled Biomedical Visualisation, Springer International Publishing, of which I am Editor. This will be within the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology series. I am looking for those involved in using technologies to improve our understanding of the human body, related biological processes and educating via technological methodologies. Volume 1 and 2 are out soon. Contact me if interested with a proposal.

Here are the links for Volumes 1 and 2:



Night at the Museum of Anatomy – past, present and future

We have a very exciting public engagement (adult only) event called Night at the Museum of Anatomy – Past, Present and Future. It will be held from 18:00-20:00 on the 27th September at the University of Glasgow with partners from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the School of Simulation and Visualisation, The Glasgow School of Art, the NHS and featuring anatomical, historical and pathology specimens from our Anatomy Facility, as well as body painting, at the University of Glasgow. Click HERE to find out more and be sure to register fast to guarantee your place. It is set to be a very popular event!

Visualising Medical Heritage and Innovation – Meet the Experts

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is taking part in an exciting event during British Science Week, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow’s Anatomy Facility, and Glasgow Science Centre. On 16th March, Visualising Medical Heritage and Innovation – Meet the Experts will show how visualisation techniques such as 3D photography, 2D VR models, gaming and animation, can unlock the stories of scientific innovation, the evolution of medical and surgical care, and the latest advances in anatomy teaching.

The event will celebrate Glasgow’s rich medical heritage through world-famous figures such as Joseph Lister and David Livingstone, and point the way to the latest innovations in surgical care. We will also show how medical heritage can be visualised using unexpected raw materials such as paper and poetry. The six stalls present on the day will take you on a journey from the state of medicine and surgery hundreds of years ago, to the exciting new technologies used today to save lives. Come and talk to medical historians, artists, surgeons, and anatomists to discover the innovations that have shaped the healthcare practice as we know it.

This event will take place at the Glasgow Science Centre from 10:00-12:00 on the 16th March 2018 and we are expecting a big, broad audience, including school children.