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About Anatomy Connected 2023

Anatomy Connected 2023 is the annual meeting for the American Association for Anatomy. For almost 30 years, the annual meeting has been held as a part of Experimental Biology, a combined meeting with several other scientific societies. Starting in 2023, we are excited to launch our inaugural stand-alone meeting in historic Washington, DC. #Anatomy23 will inspire educators, researchers, and students to explore the latest research, expand their knowledge and skills, create valuable relationships, and discover what's ahead in anatomy.

#Anatomy23 will be a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive conference for anatomy and related sciences. We will continue our popular Lunch & Learns, and welcome reception. And include some exciting new events, such as a documentary film screening on Saturday night! 

Read the announcement to hold independent meeting in 2023.

Meeting Location

Anatomy Connected 2023 will take place in person at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. All registrants may pick up badges and conference materials at the registration desk located outside the Grand Ballroom on the Ballroom Level of the JW Marriott Hotel.

JW Marriott Washington DC Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC, USA, 20004

Click here for Parking and Transportation Information

Health & Safety

COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are recommended for anyone attending the meeting. Mask-wearing and other requirements will be based on the local DC guidelines and will be communicated with attendees before the start of the event. Please refer to the latest local guidelines below.

Access the latest COVID-19 guidelines: 

Healthy Habits to Follow

Travel and gathering assume a risk and everyone is on their own to make decisions and take personal responsibility. In order to keep attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff safe, prior to your attendance at Anatomy Connected, please consider the following healthy habits:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive, or are sick please email AAA at [email protected] to cancel your registration and/or inform staff.  This applies to before or during the meeting.  Refund requests are taken on a case by case basis.
  • We strongly recommend that you test yourself before traveling and wear a mask while traveling to the meeting. 
  • Masks are optional throughout the event but strongly recommended. You are encouraged to practice health and safety habits that make you most comfortable. Masks will be available upon request.
  • Frequently wash your hands 
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19, but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations from the CDC.
  • Be vigilant after the meeting when you return to your home and office and consider testing yourself.  

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

Safety tips for visitors: 

Visitors to the Nation's capital are advised to observe some basic safety tips that you should follow whenever you are traveling.

When out and about:

  • Remove your conference badge; don’t draw attention to yourself and the fact that you are a tourist.
  • Safety in numbers: grab a friend or colleague while exploring the city.
  • Walk in well-lit areas; use main streets and avoid shortcuts through alleys.
  • If alone after dark, use a ride service such as Lyft, Uber or a cab.
  • Be conscious of your belongings. Keep personal/valuable items in your hotel safe or close at hand.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes up and not on your phone.
  • Pay attention to your instincts. If something does not feel right, you can always walk into a business/hotel for help.
  • If you are in a drinking establishment, don’t leave your drink unattended.
  • Walk with purpose and project an assertive and business-like image. Criminals will be discouraged if you do not appear vulnerable or easily intimidated.
  • Pickpockets are often attracted to crowded places. Be aware of someone who bumps, shoves or gets too close to you.
  • Purses should be closed, held in front of your body, with your arm across it. Wallets should be carried in a front pants pocket or in an interior jacket pock.
  • Use luggage tags that close or are covered, so a passerby cannot read the information.

At your hotel: 

  • Keep room numbers private. Don’t sign bar or restaurant checks with your room number.
  • Keep track of room keys. If a key is lost, ask the front desk to reset your locks and issue new keys.
  • Use all locks on hotel door, particularly the double lock. Always make sure door is locked when leaving.
  • When returning to your room, make sure that you have your room key out and ready.
  • If someone claims they are from maintenance, security or a hotel employee, phone the front desk to make sure the visitor is legitimate.
  • Put valuables in the room safe.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons in the hotel hallways. Report them to the front desk or hotel manager.
  • Locate fire exits, elevators and the nearest phone. Plan the best way to exit the building in an emergency.

Code of Conduct

Mission: Advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development

Vision: Inspiring scientific curiosity and discovery.

Values: Community, respect, inclusion, integrity, discovery

The American Association for Anatomy (AAA) is committed to providing a professional, inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment that is free from harassment and discrimination of any kind. AAA seeks to provide a respectful community to allow all participants to take part in advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development.

This policy applies to all members, employees, applicants, vendors, contingent workers, and any person professionally affiliated with AAA during association-related activities. All participants in attendance of AAA events agree to comply with this Code of Conduct Policy and in doing so also agree to conduct themselves in a professional manner. These events include, albeit not limited to, conferences, meetings, trainings, and any virtual program. 

Under this policy, harassment includes verbal, written, or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual on the basis of any Protected Factors and that: (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; (2) has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual’s performance or ability to participate in AAA events; or (3) otherwise affects an individual’s ability to participate in AAA events due to unwelcomed verbal or physical conduct which can adversely affect the environment, or results in a decision adversely affecting the individual based upon the their rejection of such conduct. Thus, all AAA participants are expected to avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic. Promoting or encouraging inappropriate actions and/or statements is also prohibited.

AAA takes all harassment claims very seriously and will not tolerate any violations of this policy. If AAA receives an allegation of harassment, or has reason to believe harassment is occurring, the association will take the necessary steps to ensure that the matter is promptly investigated and addressed. AAA fully supports anyone wishing to address an incident of harassment and reserves the right to take necessary action against a participant who engages in any form of harassment which violates this policy.

Reporting an Incident

Program Committee


Joan Richtsmeier           Pennsylvania State University 
Paul Kulesa       Stowers Institute for Medical Research



Kristin Artinger                University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Kirsten Brown George Washington University
Jeffrey Bush UCSF
Margaret Hall Midwestern University
Angelo Iulianella Dalhousie University
Laura Johnson University of Texas Health, San Antonio
Rusty Lansford University of Southern California
Victoria Roach University of Washington
Matthew Vickaryous University of Guelph
Xiangmin Xu University of California, Irvine


Future Meetings

Anatomy Connected 2024: March 23-25, Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada


Badge Pick-up & Registration Hours

Registration is located at the JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC outside of the Grand Ballroom, on the Ballroom Level of the hotel.

Friday, March 24
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 25
7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Sunday, March 26

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Monday, March 27

8:00 am – 1:30 pm

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