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Session Schedule

Saturday, April 4

Saturday, April 4, 8:30 am – 10:00 am 

Using Student Perspective in Evaluation of Anatomy Teaching Excellence

Faculty and administrators often wrestle with defining and evaluating teaching effectiveness and teaching excellence. This interactive symposium brings together experts in anatomy education, use of student feedback, and faculty development to explore models to mitigate evaluation bias, promote formative feedback and provide opportunities to develop excellence as an anatomy educator. Changing the culture around student feedback in the context of anatomy education will be explored by discussing best practices for student experience surveys, including identifying boundaries, productive uses, and controlling the narrative.

Chairs: Rebecca Hartley (University of New Mexico School of Medicine) & Martina Rosenberg (University of Connecticut)
Martina Rosenberg (University of Connecticut): Students as Evaluators of their Learning Experience
Rebecca Hartley (University of New Mexico School of Medicine): Current Use of Student Evaluations of Teaching in Anatomy Education
Angela Linse (Pennsylvania State University): Assessing and Evaluating Anatomy Instruction: Strategies for Anatomy Educators


Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Primary Cilia in Development and Disease

Chairs:  Pamela Tran (University of Kansas Medical Center) & Surya Nauli (Chapman University)
Jonathan Eggenschwiler (University of Georgia): Elucidating CCRK's Function in Ciliary Assembly and Cilium-dependent Signaling
Pamela Tran (University of Kansas Medical Center): Multifaceted Roles of Primary Cilia in Polycystic Kidney Disease and Obesity
Surya Nauli (Chapman University): The Use of Magnetic Nanoparticles to Alter Primary Cilia Structure and Function

Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Craniofacial Development Platform Session

Co-sponsored by The Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (SCGDB)
Chair:  Sally Moody (George Washington University)

Karyn Jourdeuil
(University of Maryland)
Connexin 43 Regulates Multiple Aspects of Chick Cranial Neural Crest Cell Development
Marta Losa Llabata (University of California, San Francisco)
Disentangling The Heterogeneity Of The Midfacial Epithelium To Elucidate The Pathogenesis Of Cleft Lip/Palate
Walid Fakhouri (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)    
Regulation of Cranial Neural Crest Cell Fate by Irf6 and Twist1 Interaction
Annita Achilleos (Baylor College of Medicine)
CblX is a New Cobalamin  Syndrome Affecting Craniofacial Development
Amr Mohi (Ohio State University)
Maternal Nicotine Exposure during Lactation Alters Craniofacial Development
Teng Teng (University of California, San Francisco)
Collective Epithelial Cell Migration in Secondary Palate Fusion

Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Harassment – Power Dynamics, Self-Reflection and Action:  Understanding is Necessary for Biological and Societal Health

Co-sponsored by AAA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

This symposium will discuss harassment from several legal and ethical perspectives, and provide attendees with skills to expand their own understanding and to intervene in their own and others’ behavior to improve the environment for science.  We will provide an introductory framework, starting with etymology of the term, harass, which means to exhaust, fatigue, or to annoy persistently.  We will contrast harassment from bullying, which may be persistent, but always involves a power differential.  According to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.  Harassment becomes unlawful where 1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or 2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.”  We will carry the audience on a journey of harassment -- from an understanding of “power” and its relationship to harassment, to the lived experiences of often-marginalized persons, to the national calls for societal and organizational change, providing specific and actionable items for participants to improve science culture.

Chairs:  Anna Lysakowski (University of Illinois at Chicago) & Malli Barremkala (Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine)
Pamela Smith (Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego): Power:  How does it Relate to Harassment?
Rochelle Diamond (California Institute of Technology): LGBTQIA+ Experiences in Academia and the Workplace
Billy Williams (American Geophysical Union): Sexual Harassment of Women: A Report from the National Academies and the Role of Professional Societies


Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Spatial Abilities, Haptics and Anatomy Learning
Co-sponsored by Anatomical Sciences Education

Chairs:  Tim Wilson (The University of Western Ontario) & Jean Langlois (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke)
Mary Hegarty(University of California, Santa Barbara)
The Role of Spatial Abilities in Medicine: Implications for Selection and Training
Jean Langlois (Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke): Spatial Abilities, Haptic Perception, Anatomy Knowledge and Technical Skill Performance in Health Care
David Uttal (Northwestern University): Proposed Title: Spatial Thinking in Stem Education: Cognition Matters


Saturday, April 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Therapeutic Activation of Endogenous Stem Cell Activity

Chair:  Chelsea Bahney (The Steadman Clinic & Steadman Philippon Research Institute)
Johnny Huard (Steadman Philippon Research Institute)
Interventional Strategies to Delay Aging Related Diseases & Conditions of the Musculoskeletal System
Speaker 2 TBD
John Cooke (Houston Methodist Research Institute)
Next-gen mRNA-enhanced Cell Therapy


Saturday, April 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Microscopy in 2020: High-Resolution Imaging of Cells and Tissues

Modern microscopy is a powerful tool for imaging complex anatomical structures and biological processes. Recent advances have allowed for the visualization and quantification of these events with unprecedented detail at the light microscopy level. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight state-of-the-art microscopy techniques in the cell biological and anatomical sciences. From sub-cellular proteins and organelles to whole tissue imaging, this session will cover broad aspects of super resolution microscopy, 3D imaging of cleared tissues, and time-lapse quantitative microscopy.

Chairs:  Micah Schott (Mayo Clinic) & Bryon Grove (University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences)
(University of California, San Diego): Illuminating the Biochemical Activity Architecture of the Cell
Hu Zhao (Texas A&M College of Dentistry): 3D Imaging of Cleared Tissues
Uri Manor (Salk Institute for Biological Studies): Deep Learning-Based Point-Scanning Super-Resolution Imaging


Saturday, April 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease:  From Bed to Bench and Back to the Bed

Co-sponsored by The Anatomical Record

Chair:  Kurt Albertine (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Parviz Minoo (LAC+USC Medical Center): The Genetic Architecture of Alveolar Formation in the Lung in the Context of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Krithika Lingappan (Baylor College of Medicine): Sex as a Biological Variable in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Stella Kourembanas (Boston Children's Hospital): Therapeutic Extracellular Vesicles from Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Can They Help Us Restore Lung Development and Evade BPD?


Saturday, April 4, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Education Platform Session #1

Chair:  Gary Farkas (University of California, San Francisco)

 Sonya Van Nuland (LSUHSC School of Medicine)
'Must See' Videos? Why Educators Need Better Video Analytics to Measure Learning
Yu Jung
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
“Build an Embryo”: Educational Efficacy of 3D Printed Embryo Models in Pieces or En Bloc in Enhancing Spatial & Temporal Anatomy Learning
(University of Leeds)
“If It Looks Like Windows ’98, I’m Not Using It”: Factors Influencing Students Use of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) Resources in Anatomy
(McMaster University)
Breaking Down Barriers to Learning with Stereoscopic 3D Technology: Comparison of Google Cardboard, Red-Cyan Anaglyphs & Glasses-Free 3D
(University of British Columbia)
Cerebro, The Virtual Lab -  A Mobile Neuroanatomy Game that is Both Fun and Educational
(Tufts University School of Medicine)
Bringing Anatomy to Life: Evaluating an Ultrasound Curriculum in Medical Clinical Anatomy

Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

How do Wounds Heal? From Mechanism to the Clinic

Chair:  Lucie Germain (Laval University- Laboratoire d’Organogénèse Experimentale)
Philipp Niethammer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center): Early Signals in Wound Healing
Marjana Tomic-Canic (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine): The Anatomy of Cutaneous Wound Healing and Its Inhibition: From Mechanisms to Therapy
Lucie Germain (Laval University Tissue Engineering Centre): Therapeutic Strategies for Full-Thickness Wounds: Skin and Corneal Tissue-Engineered Substitutes with Stem Cells


Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Covert Health Consequences of Obesity and Hormone Signaling: Paradoxical Effects on Bone and Body Composition

Chair:  Eve Donnelly (Cornell University)
John Kopchick (Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine): Impact of the GH-IGF Axis on Adipose Tissue and Obesity: Are there Benefits of Endocrine Defects
Eve Donnelly (Cornell University): The Paradox of Fragile but Dense Bones in Type 2 Diabetes
Maria Serrat (Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine): Mechanisms of Linear Growth Acceleration in Childhood Obesity


Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Catching the Waves: The Sensory Anatomy of Cetaceans

Chair:  Sherri Eldridge (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Jason Mulsow (National Marine Mammal Foundation): The Anatomy, Bioacoustics, and Neural Physiology of Dolphin Biosonar
Joy Reidenberg (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai): The Diverse Sensory Specializations of Cetacea
Sherri Eldridge (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): The Hydrodynamic Sensory System in the Skin of Cetaceans


Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Histology: What is it Good For?

Chair:  Nicole DeVaul (The George Washington University)
Haviva Goldman (Drexel University College of Medicine): Weaving Histology into the Fabric of Medical Education: Histology as a Foundation for Integration and Application
Karen Pinder (University of British Columbia): Integrated Histology-Pathology Medical Education: What is it Good For?
Alexander Macnow (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania): Tracing the Cellular “Life Cycle” of Medical Education:  Histology as a Theme in Medical Education


Plenary Speaker

Saturday, April 4, 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm

Fiona Watt (King’s College London)
Exploring Cellular Heterogeneity of Human Skin

Advances in single cell technologies such as RNA-sequencing provide new opportunities to understand the cellular heterogeneity of different tissues. The Human Cell Atlas is a global initiative to create a comprehensive reference map of all human cells in the body as a basis for understanding human physiology in health and disease. As part of this initiative my lab and others are collaborating to study human skin. Our analysis is providing new insights into the nature of the epidermal stem cell compartment and the functional heterogeneity of dermal fibroblasts. Complemented by mechanistic studies of how cells transition between different states, we are starting to gain new understanding of this fascinating tissue.

Sunday, April 5

Sunday, April 5, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Morphological Sciences Award Hybrid Symposium

W.M. Cobb Award in Morphological Sciences Award Lecture featuring 2020 Early-Career Investigator Award Recipient, Kevin Weiner

 Chair:  Paul Gignac (Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences)
Kevin Weiner (University of California, Berkeley): Tertiary Sulci, Transcriptomics, and Functional Gradients in Human Cortex
(University of Colorado School of Medicine)
The Brain Atlas Glow Up: Utilizing Autofluorescence to Enhance Contrast Between White and Gray Matter

Quantitative 3D Reconstructions of the Human Superior Olive Complex are Consistent with Auditory Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder

(University of Calgary)
Mapping the Relationship between Proliferation and Morphology in the Developing Mouse Face

(Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University)
Variants in the Hippo Signaling Pathway are Associated with Craniofacial Skeletal Form and BMI


Sunday, April 5, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

New Frontiers in Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) and Biomaterials Based Regenerative Medicine

Chair:  Rajasingh Johnson (University of Tennessee Health Science Center)
Jia-Qiang He (College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University): Current Progress of hiPSCs-based Therapy in non-human Primates and Human Clinical Trials
Sanjiv Dhingra (St. Boniface Hospital Albretchsen Research Centre; University of Manitoba): Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy for Cardiac Repair and Host Immune Response
Sara Vasconcelos (Toronto General Hospital-University of Toronto): Cardiac Revascularization Post Myocardial Infarction Enhances Remuscularization and Improves Function


Sunday, April 5, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

The Hypothalamus - Form and Functions

Chair:  Martine Dunnwald (The University of Iowa)
Clemens Kiecker (Kings College London): Genetic and Tissue Interactions in the Embryogenesis of the Diencephalon and Circumventricular Organs
Lazartigues (LSU Health Center): Hypothalamic Regulation of Blood Pressure
Eric Krause (University of Florida): Neuroanatomical Characterization of Angiotensin-sensitive Neurons within the Paraventricular Nucleus of the Hypothalamus Reveals an Access Point for Controlling Behavioral and Physiological Responses to Stress

Sunday, April 5, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Education Platform Session #2

Chair:  Kelly Harrell (East Carolina University)

Megan Fagalde (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Anatomy Preparedness Correlates with Performance in a Professional Allied Health Anatomy Course

Angelique Dueñas (Hull York Medical School)
‘The Good Place’, Body Donation, and Frida Kahlo: A Perfect Match? A Qualitative Evaluation of a Novel Workshop Series

Mark Hankin (Oregon Health and Science University)
Essential Anatomy for Primary Care vs. Non-Primary Care Clerkships and Electives

Michelle Lazarus (Monash University)
Balancing Parts: Integrating Uncertainty/Ambiguity into Anatomy Education

Yasmin Carter (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Incorporating LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Gender-Neutral Considerations into Medical School Anatomical Education: First Steps

Maria Francisca Zabalaga-Haberman (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
Do I Sound Funny to You? The Role of Instructor Gender and Accent on Student Learning and Evaluation in a Digital Learning Environment


Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Neurobiology Award Hybrid Symposium

C.J. Herrick Award Lecture in Neuroanatomy featuring 2020 Early-Career Investigator Award Recipient, Sergiu Pasca

Chair:  Stephan Lammel (University of California, Berkeley)
Sergiu Pasca (Stanford University): Assembling Three-Dimensional Models of the Human Brain to Study Development and Disease
(University of Western Ontario)
Custom 3D Brain Cancer Model to Test a Novel Anti-Cancer Electrotherapy

(Boston University School of Medicine)
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Extracellular Vesicles Enhance Myelin Plasticity in Rhesus Monkeys

(University of Victoria)
Evidence for Vascular Microbleeds in Brains Following Repeated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)
Modulating Motor Activity and White Matter Tracts Through Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Building Human Blood Vessels

Co-sponsored by the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB)

Chair:  Nicolas L'Heureux (University of Bordeaux, INSERM)
Christopher Breuer (Ohio State University): Tissue-engineered Vascular Grafts for Congenital Heart Surgery
Nicolas L'Heureux (University of Bordeaux, INSERM): Cell-assembled Extracellular Matrix as a Biomaterial for Building Vascular Grafts
Laura Niklason (Yale University): Bioengineered Human Acellular Vessels as Dialysis Access Grafts


Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What to Know When You're Learning As You Go: Post-Graduate Skill Building in Anatomy

Chair:  Alexandra Wink (University of Massachusetts Medical School)
Justin Shaffer (Colorado School of Mines): Developing and Teaching a Human Anatomy Course with Student-centered Pedagogies but without Prior Anatomy Training
Amanda Collins (University of Massachusetts Medical School): With a Little Help from My Friends
Todd Hoagland (Medical College of Wisconsin): Anatomical Educators: Navigating from Competent to Enlightened


Sunday, April 5, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Master Class on Real Cardiac Anatomy and Embryology (Hybrid Symposium)

Chairs:  Keely Cassidy (University of Nebraska Medical Center) & David Bolender (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Diane Spicer (University of Florida): Knowing Real Cardiac Anatomy Enhances Understanding of Virtual Anatomy
Shumpei Mori (University of California, Los Angeles)
Appropriate Cardiac Anatomy
Anthony Weinhaus (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Early Development of the Heart and Great Vessels
David Bolender (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Knowing Real Cardiac Anatomy Enhances Understanding of Cardiac Development
Keely Cassidy (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Congenital Heart Defects in the Context of Typical Development and Circulation

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Fuel that Allows Common People to Attain Uncommon Results: Collaboration in Science (Hybrid Symposium)

Chair:  Joan Richtsmeier (Pennsylvania State University)
Azeez Butali (University of Iowa)
Addressing Craniofacial Anomalies through International Collaborations and Capacity Buildin
Matthew Harris
(Harvard Medical School)
Integrated Analysis of Bioelectric Signaling in Regulation of Proportion

Tina Lasisi
(Penn State University)
Hair Fiber Morphology and Function: At the Intersection of Anthropology, Physiology, and Engineering

Neus Martínez-Abadías
(University of Barcelona)
Understanding Brain/Face Integration from Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Receptor Autoimmunity in Clinical Disease: Role of Inflammation and Tissue Injury

Chair:  Mark Zimering (Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System)
Babette LaMarca (University of Mississippi Medical Center): The Importance of T and B Cell Immunity in the Production of Autoantibodies to the Angiotensin II type I Receptor and the Pathophysiology Associated with Preeclampsia
Terry Smith (University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center): Role of Anti-receptor Autoantibodies in Tissue Remodeling
Mark Zimering (Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System): Serotonin 2A Receptor Autoantibodies in Diabetic Neurovascular Complications

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Cardiovascular and Muscle Biology Platform Session

Chair:  Brenda Rongish (University of Kansas Medical Center)

Benedicta Quaye (Justus-Liebig-University)
The Curious Case of Ligamentum Arteriosum: It is More than a Ligament
Speaker 2 TBD
Gabriela Matos-Ortiz (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)
Assessing Vascularization of the Heart of Young Pigs After Cardiac Injury by Ischemia/ Reperfusion
Kathy Jacyniak (University of Guelph)
Cardiac Regeneration Occurs Following a Puncture Wound to the Heart of the Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)
Cassaundra Song (Marshall University)
High-fat Diet Alters Serum Cytokines before the Onset of Obesity
Christopher Mayerl (Northeast Ohio Medical University)
Muscle Function during Feeding Through Infancy

Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Retrieval, Reflection and Integration: Keys to Enhance Recall and Transfer of Knowledge in Physiology and the Anatomical Disciplines

Co-sponsored by American Physiological Society (APS)

Chairs: Rosalyn Jurjus (The George Washington University) & John Dobson (Georgia Southern University)
John Dobson (Georgia Southern University): Retrieval Enhances Higher and Lower Order Thinking in Anatomy and Physiology Students
Rajunor Ettarh (California University of Science and Medicine): Retrieval and Integration: Making Histology Physiological
Lisa Carney Anderson (University of Minnesota): Incorporating Retrieval Into Classroom Activities: Setting Good Habits


Keynote Speaker

Steven J. Schiff (Penn State College of Engineering)
Human Brain Volume Growth: Avoiding the Mismeasure of Man

The normal growth of the human brain in early childhood has not been definitively characterized. Such growth is critical to assess the effectiveness of treatment of a variety of childhood diseases such as hydrocephalus (NEJM 377:2456-64, 2017) or malnutrition that affect many millions of children each year. Areas of controversy remain concerning human brain growth concern the differential growth of male versus female brains, the existing biological models that represent human brain growth, and the interrelationship of anthromorphic measurements of body size and brain growth. In addition, the majority of children who would benefit from monitoring of brain growth (with hydrocephalus or malnutrition) live in impoverished areas of the developing world where brain imaging is largely absent at present. We here demonstrate that in over 1000 normal children’s normal MRIs, that we can demonstrate the differences in brain size based on sexual dimorphism, and there is a differential peak during puberty. We further show that individually adjusting for these same children’s anthropomorphic measurements, that we can compensate for much of the differences based on sex. Finally, we discover an age-dependent ratiometric relationship between brain and intracranial fluid which appear independent of body size and sex. In addition, we have multiple development programs of low-field sustainable MRI technologies. Combined with superresolution enhancement, learning libraries of existing scans, and advances in machine learning, we can substantially improve the diagnostic anatomic quality of low-field MRI and support of treatment decisions with structural and volumetric measurements in a far more sustainable manner than previously feasible.


Monday, April 6

Monday, April 6, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Cell Biology Award Hybrid Symposium

R.R. Bensley Award Lecture in Cell Biology featuring 2020 Early-Career Investigator Award Recipient, Stephen Brohawn 

Stephen Brohawn (University of California, Berkeley)


Monday, April 6, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

50 Years of Positional Information in Development, Disease and Regeneration

Chair:  David Umulis (Purdue University)
Dagmar Iber (ETH Zurich): Mechanisms of Branching Morphogenesis
Vidhya Munnamalai (The Jackson Laboratory): The Acquisition of Positional Information in the Developing Cochlea
Gregory Reeves (NC State University): Spatiotemporal Control of Gene Expression Boundaries using a Feedforward Loop


Monday, April 6, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Microglial Activation in the Brain: Structure, Function and Beyond

Chair:  Erika Gyengesi (Western Sydney University)
Caterina Scuderi (Sapienza University of Rome): Neuroinflammation in Alzheimer's Disease: Friend or Foe?
Björn Spittau (Universitätsmedizin Rostock): Tgfb1-mediated Regulation of Microglia Maturation and Activation
Erika Gyengesi (Western Sydney University): The Effect of Modified Curcumin Compounds on the Numbers and Morphology of Microglia


Monday, April 6, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Regulating Organ Size in Development and Regeneration

Chair:  Licia Selleri (University of California, San Francisco)
Licia Selleri (University of California, San Francisco): Regulatory Dynamics of Midfacial Growth in Evolution and Disease
Jim Martin (Baylor College of Medicine): Hippo-signaling in Heart Development and Regeneration
Iswar Hariharan (University of California, Berkeley)


Monday, April 6, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Central Nervous System Regeneration: A Comparative View

Chairs:  Emily Gilbert (University of Toronto) & Samantha Payne (Tufts University)
Jennifer Morgan (Marine Biological Laboratory): Lessons from the Lamprey on Spinal Cord Regeneration
James Monaghan (Northeastern University): Transcriptional Heterogeneity of Neural Stem Cells during Axolotl Salamander Spinal Cord Regeneration
Samantha Payne (Tufts University): Investigating the Impact of Cell Maturity on Transplantation Success for CNS Injury


Monday, April 6, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

What Lies Hidden: Uncovering the Importance of Surface Anatomy in Medical Training and Practice

Chair:  Erin Fillmore (Warwick Medical School)
Erin Fillmore (Warwick Medical School): The Use of Surface Anatomy in Emergency Interventional Procedures: A Mixed Methods Analysis Comparing the Procedural Approaches of Clinicians
Kimberly Topp (University of California, San Francisco): A Sequenced and Team Approach to Surface Anatomy Education in Physical Therapy in Preparation for Clinical Practice and Collaborative Care
Richard Tunstall (Warwick Medical School): ‘It All Begins with the Outside of the Body, with a Person Wrapped in Their Own Skin’: How to Make Surface Anatomy a Central Part of a Curriculum


Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

It Takes Two to Tango: Creating Successful Trainee-Advisor Mentoring Relationships

Speakers for this session will focus on providing broadly applicable guidance on many aspects of the mentoring relationship, including developing successful communication skills, balancing personal career trajectories while mentoring, and discussion of the issues graduate students and postdoctoral scholars face in today’s academic environment. The goal of this session is to foster constructive conversations to help attendees of all career stages better understand how to develop and navigate successful mentoring relationships.

Chair:  Kate Lesciotto (Pennsylvania State University)
Naledi Saul (University of California, San Francisco): Assessing the functionality of your mentoring relationship
Cara Lewis (Boston University): Pre-Tenure Predicament: Balancing Your Students' Needs and Your Own
Amberly Reynolds (Indiana University Bloomington): Increasing Awareness in Mentoring Relationships: A Graduate Student Perspective
Niroop Kaza (University of Alabama, Birmingham): An International Student/Trainee's Perspective on the Mentee-Mentor Relationship


Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Control of Shape and of Size during Limb Skeletal Development and Repair

Chair:  Marian Ros (Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of Cantabria)
Kim Cooper (University of California, San Diego): Interspecies Transcriptome Analyses Identify Genes that Control the Development and Evolution of Limb Skeletal Proportion
Rosa Serra (University of Alabama Birmingham): Role of Mechanical Force on the Growth Plate
Deneen M. Wellik (University of Madison-Wisconsin): Not Just for Patterning Anymore: Hox Genes Function in Skeletal Stem Cells throughout Life


Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Neurobiology of Mental Health and Stress

Chair:  Maryvi Gonzalez Sola (West Coast University)
Alexandra Crosswell (University of California, San Francisco): Is Being Stressed Really that Bad? Mechanistic Pathways and Interventions for the Stress-health Relationship
Martin Rosario (Texas Woman’s University): The Neuroanatomy of HIV, How can Physical Activity Improve the Mental Health and Quality of Life in People Living with HIV
Sandor Szabo (University of California, Irvine): The Origins & Evolution of Stress Research: From Distress to Eustress


Monday, April 6, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Minding the Knowing-Doing Gap: Why Neuroscience Research and Communication Matters to Evidence-based Education (Hybrid Symposium)

Chairs:  Jonathan Wisco (Boston University School of Medicine) & Sarah Anderson (University of Calgary)
Paul Carlile (Boston University): Knowledge is Both a Source of and a Barrier to Innovation


Plenary Speaker

Cheng-Ming Chuong (University of Southern California)


Tuesday, April 7

Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Inside Alligators: Anatomy, Behavior and Evolution of Alligators and Crocodilians

Chair:  Casey Holliday (University of Missouri)
Henry Tsai (Missouri State University): The Development of Appendicular Joint Cartilages in Alligator Mississippiensis: Evolutionary and Biomechanical Implications for Archosauria
Stephanie Drumheller (University of Tennessee): Incorporating Trace Fossils when Exploring the Interplay of Form and Function in the Crocodyliform Feeding Apparatus


Tuesday, April 7, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Innovative Approaches to EMT: Case Studies in the Embryo and the Clinic

Chair:  Shuyi Nie (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Shuyi Nie (Georgia Institute of Technology): Protein Glycosylation in Neural Crest Epithelial-to-mesenchymal Transition and Migration
Guojun Sheng (Kumamoto University): Epithelial-mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Drives Mesothelial Fusion during Avian Chorioallantoic Membrane (CAM) Formation 
Heide Ford (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus): Developing Novel Means to Inhibit Metastasis Through Targeting Tumor Heterogeneity and EMT


Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sculpting the Face: A Role for the Cranial Nerves (Hybrid Symposium)

Chair:  Lisa Taneyhill (University of Maryland)
Tony Mosconi (Chapman University): Cranial Nerve Development, Distribution, and Function
Yang Chai (University of Southern California): Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Tissue Homeostasis and Regeneration


Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Developmental Biology Award Hybrid Symposium

H.W. Mossman Award Lecture in Developmental Biology featuring 2020 Early-Career Investigator Award Recipient, Mayssa Mokalled 

Mayssa Mokalled (Washington University in St. Louis): Zebrafish-inspired Strategies for Spinal Cord Repair


Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Accomodating Students with Significant Physical Challenges in Gross Anatomy Education?

Chair: Andrew Deane (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Nancy Henry (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine): Addressing and Overcoming Difficulties for Students with Color Vision Differences or Deficits (Color Blindness) in Educational Instruction and Assessment
Lisa Meeks (University of Michigan): Creating a More Accessible Environment in Anatomical Sciences
Magdalena Muchlinski (Oregon Health and Science University): Anatomy for All: Accommodations for a Variety of Situations


Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cellular Mechanisms of Development as a Key to Understanding Vertebrate Evolution

Chair:  M. Kathleen Pitirri (Pennsylvania State University)
Karen Sears (University of California, Los Angeles): Developmental Origins and Evolution of Bats
Yann Heuzé (University of Bordeaux): Craniofacial Phenotypic Plasticity in Mice Exposed to Various Temperatures
James Hanken (Harvard University): Developmental Basis and Consequences of a Key Innovation in Lungless Salamanders


Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

So You Want to Get Published? Navigating the Peer Review Process and Playing Nice with Reviewers

Chairs:  Eustathia Lela Giannaris (University of Massachusetts Medical School) & Kem Rogers (University of Western Ontario)
Tina Tootle (University of Iowa)
Timothy Smith (Slippery Rock University)
Kem Rogers (University of Western Ontario)


Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Orchestrating a 3D Symphony of Stem Cells for Regeneration

Chair:  A.J. Mellott (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Arghya Paul (University of Western Ontario): Exploiting Cell-Instructive Nanocomposites for Tissue Engineering, Bio-printing and Therapeutics Applications
Ali Khademhosseini (University of California, Los Angeles): Emerging Organ Models and Organ Printing for Regenerative Medicine
Shayn Peirce-Cottler (University of Virginia): 3D-printing of Stem Cells and Stromal Cells to Prime for Vascularization and Regeneration


Tuesday, April 7, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Teaching in Large Anatomy Groups

Co-sponsored by the Mexican Society of Anatomy

Teaching medical school students is a challenge, with the objective of providing the essential and valuable information in a manner it will stay with them and have a value and application in clinical sciences. Many state and public Universities around the world receive pressure to increase their enrollment into medical school, increasing the number of students per class. What is the best method and which tools should be used for teaching, in order to avoiding large hall lectures? Are technological advancements the best option? What are the ethical implications behind it?

We believe the scientific community, more specifically, AAA members would benefit greatly from keynotes regarding the breaking down model of large groups into small student group discussion sessions, the use of near-peers in effective teaching, and the use of clinical reasoning in case-based scenarios, radiological study review, and prosections. We would also discuss the clinical-based training behind near-peer education, and the ethics behind the use of technology in today’s medical education. We also discuss how we are dealing with the short supply of anatomist, and inspiration of anatomy teaching through the near-peer training, and research mentoring in anatomy.

Chair:  Rick Drake (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)
Rodrigo Enrique
(Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon): Breaking Down Large Anatomy Groups
Alejandro Quiroga-Garza (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon): Effective Near-peers in Anatomy
Yolanda Salinas-Alvarez (Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon): Self-sustaining Laboratories and Collaborative Mentoring in Anatomy Research

EB 2020

April 4-7  |  San Diego, CA, USA

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Upcoming Deadlines

Early Registration: Feb. 5, 2020
Hotel Reservation: Mar. 4, 2020
AAA headquarters hotel: Marriott Marquis

Expired Deadlines

Regular Abstracts: Nov. 18, 2019
Science Outreach Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020
Last-Chance Abstracts: Jan. 30, 2020

What Attendees Say

“I value the enormous diversity of interests among members. Every time I attend a meeting, I come away with great new ideas for teaching, learning, research.” — Raj Ettarh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Medical Education and Associate Dean of Assessment, California University of Science and Medicine, AAA member since 2009

What to expect

  • 150 expert speakers and thought leaders
  • More than 450 anatomy-related poster presentations
  • 50 symposia on topics in Educational Science Research & Teaching, Professional Development, and Basic & Clinical Science Research

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