Anatomical Services Award

The Anatomical Services Award will be awarded to the best platform or poster presentation given at an AACA annual meeting for scientific studies or case reports in the areas of donor preparation and management to include storage, tracking and special preparations, etc.; administration of donor programs; and other areas related to type and quality of donor preparation and management.   The award will be $600 to be used to defray travel costs to the AACA annual or regional meeting immediately following, an award certificate and a waiver of association membership fees in the subsequent year.

To be eligible for the award, the presentation must be made by the principal author of the abstract who must be a technical or administrative staff member in an academic whole body donation program or at an academic institution where donors are used for anatomical and clinical education.  Students are not eligible for this award.

Award eligible submissions, will be judged by technical peers within the association.

2019 Anatomical Services Award Recipient: Howard Mark Brooks



Title of winning presentation:

“Collaboration with Non-Profit to Increase Anatomical Donation within Korean-American Community.”

Your current position:

UC Irvine Willed Body Program Director

Your Undergraduate and previous graduate training (if any):

MidAmerica Nazarene University (91); San Francisco College of Mortuary Science (99)

Your home state:

Santa Ana, CA

Hobbies and or Special Interests:

I love to travel, which includes visiting rock, gem, and mineral shows, to add to my extensive collection of geodes.  I’m an avid tennis fan, and I enjoy going to the gym after a long day of work to unwind. Also, I love to read a great novel, and I’m a big fan of Netflix!

What would you like to see yourself doing 10 years from now?

I hope to continue working at UCI in my current role, sharing information about the importance of anatomical donation for education and research to non-traditional communities for which this information may be lacking. Further, I hope to continue to expand our donor base and enduser support, while striving to improve our campus administrative and preparation facilities.


Previous Winner's List

2018 Anatomical Services Award Winner
Title: "Tissue Solidification in Heart, Lung, and Brain in Soft-Embalmed Cadavers."