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Announcing the passing of one of AACA's Founding Members - Dr. Aaron Ruhalter, MD, FACS (11-26-27 to 1-24-16)

Aaron Ruhalter, MD, FACS (11-26-27 to 1-24-16)

Aaron Ruhalter was born on November 26, 1927 in New York City. He grew up on the lower East side of Manhattan with his mom and dad and his brother, Allen. Their family owned a Butcher store founded by his grandfather, Ruhalter’s Meats. He was a son of a butcher, but his mom raised him to be a doctor.

Always a spectacular scholar, noted for his high IQ, he skipped several grades. He attended the elite Stuyvesant High School and New York University where he enrolled at the age of 15.

After a stint in the Navy he attended Medical School at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He received his degree and returned to the U.S. and worked as an intern and resident at Queens General Hospital in New York. He moved to the Lyon’s VA Hospital in Basking Ridge, NJ and later started a practice in Morristown, NJ, specializing in abdominal surgery. He was a gifted surgeon on staff at several hospitals including, The Community Medical Center and Morristown Memorial. He also cared for prisoners at the Morris County jail and patients at Greystone Psychiatric hospital. Additionally he was a great teacher, grooming many young physicians at Rutgers Medical School.

In the 1980s he retired from his surgical practice and began working for Ethicon Endo-Surgery in Somerville, NJ. There he helped develop a program teaching anatomy and surgery to sales reps and engineers all over the world. In 1993 he moved with Ethicon’s corporate headquarters to Cincinnati, Ohio where he continued lecturing and teaching. He was beloved by the countless people he touched with his charismatic presence, professional demeanor and great passion for his work and for his friends. He helped build this educational program that helped shape Ethicon into a highly successful industry leader.

He leaves behind, a brother Allen and his wife Sylvia, A son Matthew and his wife Laura, his son, Todd and his daughters Megan and Kana, his son Chris and his wife Pernille and their children Sarah and Ryan, and, his son Eric and his wife Kara and their children, Jaxen, Maya and Crosby.

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Dr. Keith L. Moore Receives an Honorary D.Sc. Degree from Western University in Canada

Western University, Canada, conferred the degree of Doctor of Science., honoris causa, on Dr. Keith L. Moore in recognition of his distinguished academic career in clinical anatomy. Dr. Moore is a renowned anatomist and embryologist. He is the author/co-author of 14 medical textbooks which are used world-wide by students in the health professions.

Dr. Moore is a recipient of the Henry Gray /Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award (American Association of Anatomists), Honored Membership of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. and the J.C.B. Grant Award of the Canadian Association of Anatomists. In 2012, Dr. Moore received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Ohio State University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Government of Canada, and the Benton Adkins Jr. Distinguished Service Award for an outstanding record of service to the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

Dr. Moore is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, and University of Toronto. He was formerly Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anatomy in Manitoba and later in Toronto.

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British Medical Association recognizes AACA member Noelle Granger

Medical book awards winners by category Resources on any subject which are in non-print form (eg cd-roms, dvds, websites).

First prize 

Bates' Visual Guide to Physical Examination 5th edition (but first as an online resource)

Lynn Bickley—Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014 ISBN: 9781469854939

Highly commended

Netter’s Head and Neck Osteology from Netter’s Video Modules

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill especially Noelle A. Granger and O.W. Henson and Frank H. Netter—Elsevier, 2013 ISBN: 9780323277969

http://bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/bma-library/medical-book-awards/medical-book-awards-winners-by-category

https://www.facebook.com/NetterImages/posts/909758759051437?comment_id

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AACA Members affirmed/elected as members of Executive Committee at recent General Assembly of IFAA

The following members of the AACA were affirmed or elected as members of the Executive Committee at the recent meeting of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) meeting in Beijing,China.  Rick Drake (Cleveland Clinic) was re-elected Treasurer of the IFAA; Wojciech Pawlina (Mayo Clinic) was re-affirmed as Chair of the Federative International Program of Anatomical Education, Shane Tubbs (Children’s Hospital of Alabama) was affirmed as Chair of the Federative International Committee for Scientific Publications, Marios Loukas (St. George’s University, Grenada) was affirmed as the Chair of the Federative International Committee on Anatomical Research, and Stephen Carmichael (Mayo Clinic) was elected vice-president of the IFAA.

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The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology wins 2012 British Medical Association Book Award.

The ninth edition of The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology by Keith L. Moore, T.V.N. Persaud, and Mark G.Torchiawas awarded the 2012 British Medical Association Book Award. The textbook was said to deliver the world's most complete, visually rich, and clinically oriented coverage of human embryology. Written by some of the world's most famous anatomists, then text presents week-by-week and stage-by-stage views of how fetal organs and systems develop, why and when birth defects occur, and what roles the placenta and fetal membranes play in development. You can also access the complete contents online at www.studentconsult.com, along with 17 remarkable animations, downloadable illustrations, additional review questions and answers and more. This is definitely useful for undergraduate medical students or clinicians in obstetrics and gynecology in particular. It makes excellent use of full colour illustrations and includes comprehensive lists of references and further reading. The accompanying online resources are very useful for this large text which is not exactly pocket sized!

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Keith Moore Receives Honorary Doctorate at The Ohio State University

Dr. Keith L. Moore (Professor Emeritus of Surgery and former Chair of Anatomy of the University of Toronto) was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from The Ohio State University in recognition of his lifetime of achievements in the field of anatomy and on the advancement of medicine. Celebrated for more than 60 years of teaching, Dr. Moore has lectured across the world to faculties and students on topics including anatomy, embryology and genetics.

Dr. E. Gordon Gee (President of The Ohio State University), Dr. Keith Moore, and Dr. Ken Jones (Anatomist and Nominator, The Ohio State University).

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Ralph Ger (1921 - 2012)

Ralph Ger died peacefully on April 9th at home. He was known personally by the vast majority of the Associations' membership and beyond. Ralph played a key role in the creation of the AACA, was the founding Editor of our journal, Clinical Anatomy, served as our President, and was a friend of everyone who came within his enormous yet meager shadow.

As consequential as his role in AACA may seem to us, the clinical ground upon which he walked is no longer travelled because he was a true pioneer and revolutionary surgical innovator. While most of us knew him as a clinical anatomist; more importantly and gratefully - the thousands of patients he cared for knew him more dearly because in many cases he surgically created for them a life that would have never existed if Ralph Ger had not been their surgeon.

Ralph taught me almost everything I know and appreciate about clinical anatomy. The most important of his lessons was that he cared for his patients by using his anatomical knowledge and creativity to solve problems that diminished his patients as fully functional human beings. Ralph did not treat patients - he cared for them. This is the soul of clinical anatomy as well as the man who was one of the founders and ardent promoters of this discipline.

Ralph was also a powerful teacher because appreciated that the greatest teachers were those who continued to learn in spite of their vast experience. Smile, sparkling blue eyes, a hearty greeting, Ralph cared about clinical anatomy and our association. Gone but never to be forgotten.

Todd Olson

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Anatomy Classes Face Faculty Shortage

The abstracted statement below from Science, Vol. 299:5611, 28 February 2003, page 1309, as well as an AAMC document from 2005 both warn about faculty shortages to teach gross anatomy in the very near future.

That rite of passage of medical education, the gross anatomy class, is facing a dearth of instructors. More than 80% of anatomy departments at U.S. medical schools anticipate "great" OR "moderate" difficulty finding qualified gross anatomy teachers in the next 5 years, according to a national survey presented this month in Panama at the annual meeting of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairpersons. To head off the problem, departments are giving on-the-job training to junior faculty members, paying graduate students to take the lengthy course, and pulling professors out of retirement.

The first-year class, which includes about 170 hours of human dissection, has lost its appeal for those headed for a research career--the traditional source of instructors -- in part because anatomy has become increasingly molecular, focusing on cells rather than organs. And even properly trained researchers often don't want to teach the class, because it demands roughly twice as much time as other courses, according to the survey conducted by the American Association of Anatomists. But most agree that for medical students, those long hours are essential. Substitutes, such as virtual anatomical imaging, can never fully replace the real thing, says Robert McCuskey of the University of Arizona, Tucson: " I certainly wouldn't want a surgeon working on me who'd never actually touched a gallbladder."

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Dr. Raymond F. Gasser - AACA Honored Member for 2010 at the annual meeting in Honolulu.

Dr. Raymond F. Gasser (right) receives the Honored Member scroll at the AACA Awards Banquet in Honolulu on July 22, 2010 from AACA President Dr. Todd Olson.

Ray Gasser's professional career has been devoted to teaching and the study of human embryology. He has dedicated himself in recent years to the organization and preservation of our treasured Carnegie archives of the development of our species. Ray was born September 13, 1935 in Cullman, Alabama. After receiving his B.S. degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, he attended and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Alabama Graduate School at the Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962 and 1965, respectively.

After graduation Ray joined the faculty at the Louisiana State University, School of Medicine in New Orleans in 1965. He rose through the ranks to Full Professor in 1974. Retiring in 2003 he was then rehired and appointed both Professor Emeritus and Professor of Clinical Anatomy at LSU. He has been a Visiting Investigator or Visiting Professor at the Carnegie Institution of Embryology in Washington, D.C., Anatomisches Institute der Universitat Gottingen, in Germany, University of Washington in Seattle, Nihon University in Tokyo, Japan, Columbia University in New York and Cambridge University in England. During his career of over 40 years, he taught Human Prenatal Development, and Gross Anatomy annually to medical and graduate students. He also regularly taught residents and fellows in Urology, ENT, Neurosurgery, Ob-Gyn, Pediatrics, and Neuropsychiatry. For these efforts he received over 20 teaching awards, variously named, from first year, second year, and graduating medical students. In 2003 he received the LSU Medical Center's Excellence in Teaching Basic Science Award.

Ray's primary area of research has been human embryology, numbering over 130 abstracts, research papers, books and book chapters. More recently, he has been involved in digitizing and making available on CD's and DVD's, the microscopic, cross-sectional morphology of human embryos in the Carnegie Collection at all 23 stages. This project, called the Virtual Human Embryo, has received NIH support for the past nine years. From this effort he discovered that commonly held migratory activity during embryonic development is often unnecessary and probably does not occur. By using a central reference point and keeping magnifications the same from one stage to the next, he found that sclerotomal cells do not migrate medially and the neural crest precursors of spinal ganglia do not migrate ventrally.

In 1996 the International Federation of Anatomy Associations (IFAA) appointed Ray to the Federative International Committee for Anatomical Terminology (FICAT). He devoted most of his effort to the recommended list of human embryology terms (TE) that will be published soon. He has been a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomy from its inception, the American Association of Anatomy and the Royal Society of Medicine. For many years he served on the Editorial Boards of the Anatomical Record and Clinical Anatomy journals. Because of his accomplishments Ray has been selected the 2010 AACA's, Honored Member.

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Honored Member and Adkins Service Awardee for 2009 at the annual meeting in Cleveland.

The Cleveland meeting saw the induction of Dr. Richard Snell as the 2009 Honored Member of the Association. In the image above, Dr. Snell is second from the right. His presenter was Dr. Robert Chase (extreme right) who is also an Honored member of the Association. Dr. Snell was honored for his numerous textbooks in all fields of anatomical sciences. Kore on Dr. Snell can be found on the Honored Member page of this web site.

The 2009 Cleveland meeting also marked the fourth time the Adkins Distinguished Service Award - named after Dr. R. Benton Adkins, Jr. was awarded by the Association. This award recognizes outstanding service to the Association by a member or affiliate. Dr. Art Dalley (center) was presented to the Association by Dr. Tom Quinn (extreme left). More on Dr. Dalley's contributions to the Association can be found on the Awards page of this site. Newly installed President, Dr. Todd Olson, looks on (second from left).

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Robert Trelease Receives UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dr. Robert Trelease, Professor of Anatomy, recently received the "UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award." This very prestigious UCLA campus-wide award recognizes Bob's unique and outstanding contributions in the areas of instructional innovation and effectiveness as demonstrated through teaching evaluations, educational impact, and diversity. Bob was recognized for initiating the “virtual anatomy” concept first published in Clinical Anatomy and for providing the first computer-based lectures at UCLA on an Amiga and video projector, a decade before Windows and Powerpoint became common tools for lecture presentations. As Associate Director of the Instructional Design and Technology Unit, Bob has been instrumental in the development and management of Web-based educational resources for all 4 years of the pre-MD curriculum as well. Quite notably, Bob's award is the first conferred on a Health Sciences instructor at UCLA since 1999.

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Neil Norton awarded the ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Excellence in Teaching Award.

The American Dental Education Association and GlaxoSmithKline Sensodyne Excellence inTeaching Award is presented to individuals who demonstrate exemplary standards and promote excellence in dental education through scholarship and innovation and show a clear commitment to excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The ADEA’s selection criteria include a commitment to principles of lifelong learning, a demonstrated creativity in curriculum design or innovations in the delivery of education to students, motivation of students to study and master subject matter, reputation among peers as an excellent educator, exemplary mentoring skills, student-centered approach to education that shows concern for growth and development, identifiable impact on student learning, and demonstrated creativity in curriculum design or innovations in the delivery of education to students.

Norton is an associate professor of oral biology in the Creighton School of Dentistry and is the recipient of numerous awards, including Creighton’s prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement, the highest teaching recognition offered by the university. Norton has written numerous articles on anatomical topics related to dentistry.

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Peter Abrahams Wins National Teaching Fellowship

CONGRATULATIONS TO PETER ABRAHAMS! Peter has once again been honored for his teaching efforts and initiatives. This time he has been awarded the National Teaching Fellowship -"the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning" in the United Kingdom. He was selected from more than two hundred nominations from England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Your AACA colleagues are proud of you and wish you all the best! For more visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/insite/

 

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New Education track PhD in Anatomy Created at Indiana University

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the creation of an Education Track PhD Program for individuals who desire careers in anatomical teaching and educational scholarship. This new career track is justified by the growing demand in the nation's health professional schools for highly-qualified educators in Gross Anatomy and the other anatomical disciplines. The goal is to create a cadre of doctoral-level anatomy educators who are capable of teaching all of the anatomical disciplines to undergraduate, graduate, or professional students, and who are capable of producing the high-quality educational research and other scholarly work necessary for promotion and tenure. Developed in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Education, this five-year program will provide students with extensive training in the anatomical sciences, coupled with coursework in pedagogy, curriculum development, learning theory, educational assessment, and statistics. Students will participate in supervised teaching experiences in Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroscience. After admission to doctoral candidacy, students will complete a rigorous dissertation in medical education research.

Additional information is available on the Department's website: http://www.anatomy.iupui.edu.

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The Keith and Marion Moore "Blue Box" Award

Dr. Keith L. Moore, a founding member of the AACA and well-known anatomy textbook author, has established an annual award for graduate and medical students - the Keith and Marion Moore Blue Box Award. The "Blue Box" is used in his textbooks as an indicator of clinical significance, and is quite familiar to students.

The award is for the best student paper published in Clinical Anatomy during a given calendar year/Journal volume. The awardee must be the first author on the Clinical Anatomy paper. The award will consist of a plaque and a check for $500. It is open to graduate and medical students worldwide, even those who have received their PhD or MD's in the year that the paper is published. The student would be nominated by the student's supervisor or anatomy professor.

A Blue Box Award Committee of 3-5 AACA members will be appointed by the AACA President, with the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Anatomy being a member of the committee. The Award may not be presented each year, if a qualified student paper has not been published. The award would be announced and presented at the Annual AACA Meeting Banquet.

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Honored Members and Adkins Service Award Recipients are Recognized at 25th Anniversary Meeting of the Association in Toronto.

The 25th Anniversary meeting of the Association was an excellent time to recognize our past Honored Members and R. Benton Adkins Jr. Service Award recipients. A special acrylic plaque engraved for each of the individuals was presented at the Awards Banquet on July 17, 2008 at the Delta Chelsea in Toronto. Among those present to receive their plaques were from the left: Dr. Art Dalley, Dr. Robert Acland, Dr. Ralph Ger (Honored and Adkins Award member), Dr. Keith Moore, Dr. Dan Graney, Dr. David Whitlock (foreground), Dr. Tatsuo Sato, Dr. Ian Whitmore, Dr. Peter Abrahams, and Dr. Gary Wind. All those unable to attend received their plaques by mail.

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AACA Academic Employment Survey

The Career Development Committee of the AACA is currently issuing their first Academic Employment Survey. The goals of the survey are to examine (a) the qualifications an applicant is expected to possess in order to successfully attain an academic position in the field of anatomical sciences and (b) current trends in anatomical education, with specific focus on human gross anatomy. The survey will be issued to department chairs and directors of health-related programs. We kindly ask for your participation so that the AACA can continue to produce and support quality anatomy instructors and researchers. –For more information, regarding the survey, please contact Kate Kryger.

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Stephen Carmichael Receives ASSA Distinguished Member Award

Graham Louw, President of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA), presents the ASSA Distinguished Member Award to Stephen Carmichael at the recent meeting of the Society in Windhoek, Namibia. Stephen is the current editor-in-chief of Clinical Anatomy and it is the official journal of the ASSA. The Distinguished Member Award is the highest honor bestowed by the ASSA.

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Visible Human Sculpture Unveiled

Back in the early 1990s David Whitlock and Vic Spitzer constructed the Visible Human Project, which called for the development of total digital databases for both adult human male and female cadavers. The projected was completed in 1996 and the databases are now used extensively by many institutions around the world for various purposes.

In 2000 the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver relocated to the huge old Fitzsimons army base in Aurora Colorado. Since then there has been massive construction of all kinds of buildings, out patient clinics, hospitals, medical and dental schools, library, etc. on the old army base. Now the entire University of Colorado Health Science Center operation has moved to Aurora and its new location is up and running. Very large funding for many of these changes was donated by Philip Anschutz, one of Colorado’s billionaires and an avid art collector, stimulated the idea that all this new construction should be suitably decorated with objects of art.

The great atrium at the entrance to the new library building, a unique reconstruction of our Visible Human Male was created and displayed. The piece, created by Rae Douglas of Oakland California, is composed of a massive bundle of 3/4 inch wide metal strips stretched under tension from the 25 foot high ceiling to the floor in which is depicted in his own colors on the strips a 16 foot tall recreation of the Visual Human Male. On December 13, 2008 the sculpture was unveiled at Light Ray Studios, Inc. in the San Francisco Bay area (see photo right).

David Whitlock (an AACA Honored Member) states that "as a long time teacher of human anatomy, I can tell you that human anatomy has not always enjoyed a high reputation for scientific contribution among the 'cutting edge' basic sciences of medicine. Yet it, the oldest of the academic disciplines of medicine, is still the first one that every physician must know as they commence to analyze our health. Therefore, the sculpture's positioning at the very gates of one of the most essential halls of learning for medicine seems appropriate".

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Clinical Anatomy Reaches New Heights

Stephen Carmichael, Editor-in-Chief of our journal - Clinical Anatomy, poses with a copy of the journal on his recent trip to Spitsbergen, Norway. As the monitor indicates, the journal was present near the top of the globe - latitude 80 degrees, zero minutes, and 0.97 seconds - less than 600 nautical miles from the north pole. He visited the area this July with his wife on a polar bear observation cruise. Looks like it was cool there even then!

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Stephen Carmichael Becomes Honored Member of Turkish Society.

Stephen W. Carmichael, PhD, DSc - Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Anatomy and Professor Emeritus at Mayo - was honored by the Turkish Society of Anatomy and Clinical Anatomy on September 2nd, 2009 by being recognized and awarded Honored Membership in the Society for 2009. The meeting was held in Instanbul along with the 10th Congress of the European Association of Clinical Anatomists. Pevious Honored members of the Turkish Society have been Jurgen Koebke (2003) and M. Gazi Yasargil; (2008).

Three other anatomists were also awarded Honored membership along with Dr. Carmichael at this meeting - Andreas H. Weiglein, MD (Graz, Austria), Bernard Moxham, BDS, PhD (Cardiff, Wale;,) and Munci Kalayoglu, MD, FACS (Instanbul, Turkey).

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Carol Scott-Conner Publishes Her Tenth Book.

Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, a founding member of the AACA and 2011 R. Benton Adkins Distinguished Service Award winner graduated from New York University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed her general surgery residency in 1981. At that time, very few women entered general surgery. When she was appointed Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Iowa in 1995, she was the second woman in American surgery to attain such a position. She is the author or coauthor of nine major surgical texts, and the recipient of numerous awards. She is Professor of Surgery at the University of Iowa, and lives in Iowa City with her husband.

The book, "A Few Small Moments", is a collection of short stories are set in the surgical service of a major teaching hospital. Each story explores a "few small moments" in the intimate space in which surgeon and patient, surgeon and colleague, or professor and student come together. The stories provide a loose narrative if read in the order printed. Read individually, each provides a privileged glimpse into the surgical life. The book concludes with a section for students interested in pursuing a career in surgery. A short glossary of medical terms rounds out the book. It is currently available at Amazon.com at this specific URL.

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Rob Spinner Awarded Named Professorship at Mayo

Robert J. Spinner, MD a long-time active member of the AACA and a co-editor of our journal Clinical Anatomy, was honored at the Mayo Clinic on May 13, 2011 when he was named the recipient of the Burton M. Onofrio, M.D., Professorship in Neurosurgery, funded by John M. Nasseff and Helene A. Houle. This award recognizes Rob's ascent at Mayo and is well deserved. Congratulations Rob!

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Grant's Atlas of Anatomy, 13 e wins 2013 British Medical Association Book Award.

The latest edition of the Grant's Atlas of Anatomy the venerable textbook and a cornerstone of gross anatomy for medical students around the globe since 1943 was edited by Vanderbilt University's Arthur Dalley II, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Anne Agur, Ph.D., professor of Anatomy at the University of Toronto, and features photography by Vanderbilt University's Anne Rayner.

There were more than 650 submissions for this year’s BMA Illustrated Book Award, which honors a book or resource that makes the best use of visual media.

"In working together on the 11th through 13th editions of this classic atlas, our goal has been to introduce photographic surface anatomy and state-of-the-art imaging anatomy, and supplement illustrations throughout the book with text explaining their clinical relevance,” Dalley said. “The beautiful Grant anatomical art — originally produced as gray-scale carbon dust illustrations of actual anatomical dissections with arteries, veins and nerves depicted with added color — have now all been rendered in full color.”

Dalley and Agur are also the co-authors of the highly regarded anatomy textbooks “Clinically Oriented Anatomy” and “Essential Clinical Anatomy.” “Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy” and “Clinically Oriented Anatomy” have been translated into many languages, including French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Romanian and Serbian.

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Farquharson Award in Surgical Anatomy Success for Peter Abrahams

Professor Peter Abrahams, a founding member of AACA ”Emeritus “from Warwick medical school, UK and
 still part time clinical anatomist at SGU in Grenada  was awarded the Farquharson Award in Surgical anatomy. This award is given every two years to  ‘ a person who has made the  greatest impact in surgical anatomy education in the UK’. He was presented the award by the President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Mr Ian Ritchie at a Gala lunch held in Edinburgh last week to commemorate the opening of the Prince Phillip Building by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh on the Royal College of Surgeons site.

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