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Published on March 04, 2016

Robotic Surgery Institute of New England Joins da Vinci Exhibit

Surgeons, Robot Featured at Science Center

WATERBURY, Conn. (March 4, 2016) ─ The Robotic Surgery Institute of New England, located at Saint Mary's Hospital, will be a special guest for one day only at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford as part of its blockbuster traveling exhibit, “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion.”

A painter, astronomer and inventor, da Vinci was an accomplished student of human anatomy and his inventions included an early robot called a “mechanical knight.” It has been referred to as “the first robot in history.” Today, one of the newest advances in surgery, the da Vinci robot, also bears the name of this 15th century Renaissance man.

Connecticut Science Center visitors will have the rare opportunity to sit at the controls of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System on Saturday, March 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the center’s Community Day event. Surgeons from the Robotic Surgery Institute of New England at Saint Mary's Hospital will be on hand to provide demonstrations and guide visitors on how to operate the robot’s four extending arms, while practicing their hand-eye coordination and other skills.

The robotic surgery team at the Robotic Surgery Institute of New England is among the region’s best. The institute was established at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury to serve as a destination for the best and brightest surgeons to learn and lead in the development of new approaches in surgical care through a shared commitment to quality, education, efficiency, innovation and patient-centered care. Saint Mary’s has operated as a training center for other surgeons to learn about robotic surgery and dispatches its surgeons to train others at institutions across the country. The institute is dedicated to providing innovative, industry-leading, robotic-assisted surgical services and the highest quality care for patients.

Making its debut in New England, “Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion” features 40 interactive machines, from a revolving crane to an armored car, all constructed as full-scale, true-to-design working models using materials that would have been available during da Vinci’s era 500 years ago. These meticulously constructed machines were built by a group of scientists and skilled craftsmen in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence, Italy. The exhibit has previously appeared at the Cultural Center Hellenic Foundation in Athens and the Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul, along with several locations throughout the United States. The exhibit was designed and produced by Worldwide Museum Activities. It will remain on view at the Connecticut Science Center in the Saint Francis Care Traveling Exhibit Gallery through January 8, 2017.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to present this exhibit to our visitors from Connecticut and beyond,” said Matt Fleury, Connecticut Science Center President & CEO. “Technology has come a long way since da Vinci’s lifetime, but we can still see his work in many of the devices and tools we use on a daily basis. This exhibition offers a marvelous insight into one of the greatest innovative minds in human history, and the inspiring power of creative thinking that will carry us into the future.”

Visitors can touch the inventions and set them into motion, enveloping the participant in the Father of Invention’s ingenuity. Hand cranks and levers bring the machines to life to the delight of children and adults. Graphical displays and videos explore the life and legacy of da Vinci, giving context to his creativity and explaining how these ahead-of-their-time inventions continue to influence many of the modern technologies we enjoy today.

Highlights of Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion at the Connecticut Science Center include a spectacular ornithopter, which features mechanical wings to allow man to fly and was a precursor to today’s hang glider, and an armored vehicle and moving wooden battle tank that guests can climb inside to explore.

Community Day at the Connecticut Science Center is a special, once-a-year event. All visitors pay just $5 for General Admission, which includes access to “Machines in Motion.” For more information visit

 About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional healthcare provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT or Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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