Annual Meeting


Dear Fellow AACA Members,

The University of Minnesota is proud to be the host institution for the 34th annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, July 17 through 21, 2017. We look forward to seeing our friends and colleagues during conference events and to welcome you all to the beautiful city of Minneapolis.  The meeting scientific sessions will take place downtown Minneapolis. The post-graduate course will be nearby on a short light-rail ride over the Mississippi river to the campus of the University of Minnesota.  For those of you attending, as well as for those who wish to partake in some sightseeing while you are in town, the following information may help you plan your visit.

Weather-The middle of summer can bring very mild temperatures to Minnesota.  Contrary to popular belief, you’ll be safe leaving your winter parkas at home. Precipitation is at a low risk, and day time temps average in the mid 80’s. Evening temps may fall into the mid 60’s.


Both terminals of the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport (MSP) are conveniently located close to downtown Minneapolis.  There are many transport options to get you to Marriot City Center, the conference hotel.

Bus service is available and will take 25 minutes to Nicollet Mall station, with a 0.25 mile walk to the hotel. The cost is only $2.25

The light-rail train runs from the airport to downtown every 7 minutes. Take the blue line to Nicolette mall station. The entire trip will take 23 minutes and cost $2.50). 

Taxis are the fastest option and the approximate cost is $30. The airport supports all internet including ground transportation services (Uber, Lift, etc).

Renting a car is very convenient. The airport supports all rental car companies (

Most of the local attractions are easily accessible via the light-rail train system, by walking, or by biking.

Minneapolis has a robust bike sharing program.  Nice Ride bike stands are available through the area.

Minneapolis & St. Paul Sites of interest-

The hotel is on a pedestrian walkway that runs through the heart of downtown Minneapolis known as Nicollet Mall.  The Mall is packed with restaurants, bars, and shopping.  

Minneapolis has many art museums including the Weisman Art Museum, Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Museum of Art. Theater fans may want to check out the shows at the Orpheum, Guthrie, State, or Hennepin.  Two renowned music venues are within a few blocks of the conference venue.  First Avenue and Dakota jazz club often bring in high caliber musicians. Orchestra Hall is also a quick walk from the hotel.

St. Paul, the quieter of the twin cities, hosts the Science Museum of Minnesota as well as the Minnesota Children’s Museum.  Riding the light rail system is an easy way to get to St. Paul from Minneapolis.

The Nation’s largest indoor shopping mall is a short light-rail ride away. The “Mall of America” has shopping, aquaria, amusement park, restaurants and bars all under one roof.  

For Prince fans, tours of Paisley Park, Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex, are available. Paisley Park is located in Chanhassen which is located about 30 minutes from Minneapolis.

The hotel is only a short taxi ride from the Chain of Lakes. The Chain of Lakes has swimming beaches and recreation paths. Canoes and paddle boards are available for rent.  There are food stands around the area. This is a very Minneapolitan thing to do.

Brewery tours are a big deal in Minneapolis. Minnesota’s breweries just keep growing; there are more than 100. Dangerous Man and Surly Breweries are fun hangout spots.

For those interested in X-games, after three year in Austin Texas, Minneapolis will host the games on July 13-16, 2017, at new U.S. Bank stadium (in the heart of downtown).

Post-Graduate Course – July 21st, 2017- On Friday, the post-graduate course will take place in the Academic Health Center of the University of Minnesota.  The course has been designed to appeal to anatomists, clinicians, and anatomical services staff. Attending this course will give participants the opportunity to implant the world’s smallest pacemaker, the Medtronic Micra, during a hands-on lab with an unpreserved cadaveric model utilizing a unique perfusion method which maintains vascular pressure.  Staff from the Jessie E. Edwards Registry of Cardiac Disease will be presenting some of the rare and unusual cardiac specimens from their extensive collection of over 21,000 hearts. There will be a cardiac 3D ultrasound module. Additionally, there will be a module focusing on the identification of implanted biomechanical devices in the cadaver lab setting including information on how to safely remove implanted devices, and how to determine which situations warrant removal in order to mitigate risk. One special feature of the course will be a tour of the Visible Heart Lab, which will present an amazing opportunity to see a world-renowned physiological research laboratory in action.

 We hope you will be able to join us.


Anthony Weinhaus, Angela McArthur
University of Minnesota Medical School

AACA 34th Annual Meeting local hosts


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