Digital Embryology Consortium - Information

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Microscopy - Digitization in Science (2015)

The Digital Embryology Consortium was first established in 2014. The objective of this international partnership is to digitise, preserve, and make available for researchers the major embryology histological collections. There currently exists worldwide only a few large collections of human embryological material. These collections are held in universities and associated research institutions as either whole fixed embryos or more commonly sectioned and histological stained. Many of these collections are historic between 30 to 100 years old. There have been previous attempts to partially document some of these collections, but the equipment and technology was not sufficiently developed to allow the process to be completed and in some cases the data was restricted in availability.

Digital Embryology Consortium

The collection curators will hold a complete digital copy of their collection and control all online copyright, citation and further reuse. The research project is not intended to change any existing controls that are held over these invaluable collections. An internet address ( has been specifically allocated to remove any rebranding or re-association of the existing collections and would be seen as a collaborative research website between contributing institutions and researchers.

Consortium Embryo Collections

Scanned Blechschmidt Embryo
  1. Blechschmidt Collection – University of Goettingen, Germany Prof. Christoph Viebahn (Head of Embryology Department).
  2. Hinrichsen Collection – Ruhr-University Bochum, Prof. Beate Brand-Saberi (Head of Embryology Department).
  3. Embryological Collection – Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity. Dr Peter Giere (curator of the embryological collection).
  4. Madrid Collection – Complutense University of Madrid, Institute of Embryology. Prof. José-Vicente Sanz-Casado (Head, Embryology Institute of Complutense University of Madrid).
  5. Carnegie Collection – National Museum of Health and Medicine Elizabeth Lockett (curator NMHM).
  6. Kyoto Collection – Kyoto University, Prof. Shigehito Yamada.
  7. Perry-Arey-Milligan Collection – University of British Columbia, Prof. Virginia Diewert.
  8. HDBR and HuDSeN Collection – Newcastle University, Prof. Susan Lindsay.
  9. Domenech-Mateu Collection – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Prof Rosa Mirapiex.

Embryo Collections: Human Embryo Collections | Embryo Collections | Blechschmidt Collection | Carnegie Collection | Domenech-Mateu Collection | Harvard Collection | Hill Collection | Hinrichsen Collection | Hubrecht Collection | Kyoto Collection | Madrid Collection | Embryology Models | DEC Information | DEC


Berlin (Dec 2017)

Kyoto (Nov 2015) Washington (Dec 2015)
Kyoto2015symposium40 slide02.jpg Washinton2015seminar slide01.jpg

Microscopy 2015 cover story

Image Server

There is currently a pilot server being tested using the OMERO platform. OMERO - DEC

Ome-logo-400.png DEC OMERO Server


Hill MA. (2019). Two Web Resources Linking Major Human Embryology Collections Worldwide. Cells Tissues Organs (Print) , , 1-10. PMID: 30673660 DOI.

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