Welcome to the Virtual Microscopy Database

We are now accepting new VMD users by application.

Please note that an affiliation with a research or educational institution is a requirement for becoming a VMD user or donor. The purpose of the VMD is to support the creation and expansion of local educational infrastructures and it is not intended for general student use. Therefore, only educators and researchers will be accepted as subscribers. If you are a student teaching in a histology/pathology course, either have your faculty supervisor sign up or ask him/her to email us that you are a GSA in his/her course. This database is a work in progress and over time more and more images will become available.

With the advent and the proliferation of virtual microscopy in histology and pathology education and research, VMD was created as a centralized repository where the community of scholars and researchers can share a large selection of virtual tissue slides for enhancing education, research, and scholarship. 

The VMD would not be possible without its users willing to donate and share their collection of virtual slides, the Innovation Program from the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) and members of the Digital Histology Interest Group. 

If you would like to access the VMD collections, become a VMD subscriber today! Free VMD membership is available to faculty, staff or investigators with educational or research institutional affiliations.

Click Here to Become a VMD User

Read more about VMD subscription, navigating the database or donating collections by clicking on the links above.

 Please allow at least 24 hours for the VMD user approval process.

If you are looking for more high-quality electron micrograph images, please check out the Nanotomy Database by Dr. Ben Giepmans from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.

Latest VMD News:

VMD users from the EU need to agree to the new data policy to keep their VMD account active
Added on 05/30/2018 08:22 PM by hortsch
If you are a resident of the EU and signed up for the VMD before May 25, 2018, several emails were sent to you asking for your agreement with the new VMD Privacy and Data Management policy. Many EU-based VMD users have already responded. Thank you!

If you have not yet responded, please do so by the 31st of July, 2018. Otherwise we will have to close your VMD account and delete your information from the VMD user database. As a result, you will no longer have access to the VMD.

The agreement form can be found at the following website:


If you are not residing in the EU, there is nothing you need to do.

The VMD Administration Team

Our updated Privacy and Data Processing Policy.
Added on 05/25/2018 06:32 PM by hortsch
As most of you are aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been implemented within the European Union. We took this opportunity to update our Privacy and Data Processing Policy to make it GDPR compliant. Please take look at our Legal Notices subpage.

With the best wishes, the VMD Administrative Team


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