Webinar: July 15, 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM Eastern Time

Anatomical Legacy Collections

Ethical Concerns about the Origins of Legacy Anatomical Collections

Presenters will describe the issue of legacy collections and the need to inventory and report on human remains in their care (ethical stewardship, duty of care). Perspectives will include anatomical museum and teaching collections, known and unprovenanced remains, effects of colonialism, slavery, and marginalized populations. An emphasis will be placed on inventory and understanding the source of remains.

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Carlina de la Cova
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of South Carolina

A native of Florida, Dr. de la Cova received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining the department, de la Cova taught at Indiana University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She became a member of the anthropology department in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor. Apart from her academic interests, de la Cova is an avid Sherlockian, which is reflected in her ANTH 221 Forensics of Sherlock Holmes course, as well as her induction into the Hounds of Baskerville (sic), a chapter of the prestigious Sherlock Holmes literary society known as the Baker Street Irregulars. She is also a Deputy Coroner for the Richland County Coroner’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina.  


Emeritus Professor Beverley Kramer
School of Anatomical Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bev Kramer held the position of Head of an Anatomy Department for 17 years and also served as Assistant Dean for Research and Postgraduate Support in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand for a further 8 years. She has served on numerous committees at both local and international level. 

Professor Kramer has been heavily involved in the training of thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate health sciences students in anatomy over many years. She was awarded the J.F van Reenen Award for teaching on two occasions, acknowledging her expertise in this arena. She has co-authored three textbooks for students. 

While her first love is research in developmental biology, she has also authored articles in the fields of anatomical education and in research management. Always cognisant of the importance of capacity development, Beverley has supervised numerous postgraduate students and has also mentored both early career and senior staff members. She initiated the IFAA President’s Emergent Anatomists Programme in 2018.

Beverley is the recipient of a number of awards, the most recent of which is the Leonardo da Vinci Award (2021) from the International Committee of the Symposium on Morphological Sciences. In her role as Assistant Dean, Professor Kramer was awarded the prestigious DST/SARIMA award (2015) for “distinguished contributions to the research management profession”.  She has had the following Fellowships conferred on her: Honorary Fellow of the Anatomical Society (2015); Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (2017); and Fellow of the Anatomical Society of Nigeria (2018). 

Beverley is currently President of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA)

Dominic Hall 
Curator, Warren Anatomical Museum
Center for the History of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dominic Hall is the Curator of the Warren Anatomical Museum at the Center for the History of Medicine in the Countway Library of Medicine of Harvard Medical School. He has a masters in museology from the University of Washington and a masters in history from the Harvard University Extension School.  Dominic is a past president of the Medical Museum Association.


Thomas Champney, Ph.D., University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

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