The recent past and today
In the 1920s the anatomical collections were gathered up and housed in the Normal Anatomy Museum, located in the building of the corresponding University institute, in Parma main hospital area.
Between the 1950s and the end of the century came the era of the new anatomical ceroplastics, thanks to Gaetano Ottaviani and Giacomo Azzali, anatomists in Parma. Under their supervision, several three-dimensional wax reproductions of the vertebrate lymphatic vessels were made. In 2006 all materials, both wax-modelled and dehydrated, were reorganized in the Museum of the Department of Human Anatomy, Pharmacology and Medical-forensic Sciences, which housed also the items of the section of Forensic Medicine. Moreover, Prof. Roberto Toni was named as the scientific director of the museum.
In 2012 after the reform of the University, the Museum of biomedical, biotechnological and translational sciences was founded. Nowadays it holds all the collections belonging to the previous museum and is also responsible for the care of other material coming from the section of pathological Anatomy.
At the present time, the activity of the Museum of biomedical, biotechnological and translational sciences comprises: biomedical robotics, human organogenesis, intersections between morphology and endocrinology over the centuries, techniques of wax modelling restoration, based on biological materials.