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Astounding Additional Plastinates Remind us to Take Care of our Brains

Limited Time Left to see Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain at COSI

COLUMBUS, OH (December 11, 2012) – Astounding additional plastinates have been added to Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Brain, now at COSI for a limited engagement. Plastinates titled The Hockey Players, captured in a moment of high-skill movement. They need to balance on the ice, rapidly changing directions, while keeping control of a small puck with a bent stick. They remind us that more we use our muscles, the stronger they get, while underused muscles tend to fade away. They also remind us of the importance of protecting our brains during sports play using helmets and other methods.

"Unlike many other sports injuries, the danger with concussions is that they are invisible," says Dr. Steven Simensky, M.D., an OhioHealth neurologist and member of the OhioHealth Sport Concussion Team. "Without any physical signs, an athlete can fall into a false sense of well being, and without proper diagnosis and management, concussions can lead to long-term complications and even death."

Plastinates titled The Trapeze Artist and the Walking Elder were also added. Hanging upside down, the Trapeze Artist shows her opened abdominal cavity with intestinal organs removed, in order to offer a view of the kidneys alongside the abdominal aorta and the vena cava. The plastinate of an elderly man shows a posture of old age that we all recognize. Bone mass tends to decrease with age, predisposing us to vertebral fractures which have the effect of curving the spine. At the same time, muscle mass decreases with age, meaning that the weakened muscles are less able to support the damaged skeleton. Fortunately better nutrition as well as the adoption of healthier, more active lifestyles means that most older people no longer look like this.

For the first time in Central Ohio, BODY WORLDS & the Brain displays more than 200 authentic specimens are on display at COSI for a limited time, including entire bodies, individual organs and transparent body slices. With the exception of a small number of contributions from hospital anatomical and morphological programs, the specimens on display stem from body donors, individuals who donated their bodies to the Institute for Plastination's body donation program. The exhibition runs through January 6, 2013.


Special Hours

COSI and the exhibition will be open seven days a week through January 6, 2013. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sundays, noon – 6pm. Admission to BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes general admission to COSI and costs $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for senior citizens, $19.95 for children 2-12, and $17.00 for teachers with valid ID. Member pricing is $6.00 per person.

COSI will also offer special hours during the run of BODY WORLDS & The Brain. COSI will be open for the exhibition only on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 5pm – 9pm through December 22. BODY WORLDS & The Brain only admission during those times (except for Family Friday Nights) will be $16.00, $6.00 for members. Family Friday Nights take place on the last Friday of the month. Admission is $9.95 from 5pm – 9pm. Admission plus BODY WORLDS & The Brain will be $17.95 per person.

COSI and the exhibition will be open seven days a week with extended hours December 26, 2012 through January 6, 2013. Hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10am – 9pm and Sunday noon to 9pm. COSI will also be open December 24 from 10am – 3pm. Admission during this time to BODY WORLDS & The Brain will include general admission to COSI and costs $24.95 for adults, $23.95 for senior citizens, $19.95 for children 2-12, and $17.00 for teachers with valid ID. Member pricing is $6.00 per person. COSI will be closed Thanksgiving and December 25.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain is presented locally by OhioHealth. The exhibition will run through January 6, 2013. For more information on our featured exhibition and special events and programs, please call 614.228.2674 or visit


About Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS

Dr. Gunther von Hagens invented the Plastination technique in 1977, in an effort to improve the education of medical students. More than 13,000 donors have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens’ Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany. Individual donors have designated that upon their death their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

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Jaclyn Reynolds

Jaclyn Reynolds is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager for COSI. She has worked in communications and PR for more than 15 years. She has worked as a TV news producer in cable news and as a public information officer and communications specialist in state government.