Internationally recognized BODY WORLDS & The Brain exhibition making Canadian
debut in Calgary

CALGARY, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - TELUS World of Science - Calgary is excited to announce the Canadian premiere of the internationally acclaimed traveling exhibition Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain on April 30, 2010. While other Canadian cities have played host to the BODY WORLDS exhibitions, this pioneering exhibit features the latest in neuroscience never before viewed in Canada.

"This is a rare opportunity for visitors to view the complexity of the human body in a very compelling manner," says TELUS World of Science - Calgary President & CEO Jennifer Martin. "It's also a significant milestone for us to host this groundbreaking international exhibition. This exhibit is an ideal starting point for the new direction in which we are taking the organization. As we prepare to move into our new facility in 2011, this exhibition allows us to expand our reach and advance our mandate of public engagement in science in a very exciting and educational way. We look forward to the connection with the community that we anticipate this exhibit will provide - especially in improving our understanding of important health issues that are affecting our society."

The exhibit has more than 200 specimens, including a number of full body plastinates. More than 29 million visitors in 47 cities around the world, including Los Angles, Toronto, London and Tokyo have seen a BODY WORLDS exhibition since its debut in 1995.

BODY WORLDS & The Brain presents the human body and brain in an amazing anatomical and evolutionary way. The exhibition features recent findings in neuroscience, information on brain development and function, brain disease and disorders, and brain performance and improvement. Visitors will purchase timed tickets to allow for an optimal experience. The exhibition will open April 30, 2010 for a limited engagement with advanced public ticket purchases beginning March 13, 2010. More information on extended hours, ticket prices and special events will be announced as we get closer to its arrival.

For further information on the arrival of BODY WORLDS & The Brain at TELUS World of Science - Calgary visit www.calgaryscience.ca. For more information on Gunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS visit www.bodyworlds.com.

About TELUS World of Science - Calgary: TELUS World of Science - Calgary is a leader in providing interactive learning experiences in science for families from Calgary and Southern Alberta for over 40 years. A registered not-for-profit organization, TELUS World of Science hosts over 265,000 visitors annually in Calgary. As a key entry point influencing careers in science, TELUS World of Science promotes values such as curiosity, commitment, courage and collaboration to help build on the foundation for Canada's future economy.

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. He created the BODY WORLDS exhibitions to bring anatomy to the public. Since 1995, over 29 million people in Asia, Europe and North America have visited the various BODY WORLDS exhibitions.

The organs and whole-body plastinates were derived from generous body donors, individuals who designated that upon their death their bodies could be used for educational purposes in the BODY WORLDS exhibitions. More than 10,000 donors have bequeathed their bodies to Dr. von Hagens' Institute for Plastination in Heidelberg, Germany, including 1,000 Americans. As of January 2010 there are currently 82 donors in Canada. For more information on BODY WORLDS, please visit www.bodyworlds.com.

SOURCE TELUS World of Science - Calgary

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Jeff Hessel, TELUS World of Science - Calgary, Office: (403) 268-8344, Cell: (403) 701-4708, jeff.hessel@calgaryscience.ca; Ashleigh McDougall, TELUS World of Science - Calgary, Office: (403) 268-8314, Cell: (403) 369-3530, ashleigh.mcdougall@calgaryscience.ca

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