Joint Winter Meeting of Anatomical Society and Primate Society of Great Britain

15th –16th December 2014 at Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham

This is a joint meeting that aims to bring together researchers from the Anatomical Society and the Primate Society of Great Britain to share ideas and expertise, supported by a poster, wine and curry tasting reception! The symposium on ecomorphology is organised by Dr Susannah Thorpe, and focuses on understanding how complex interrelated factors have guided the evolution of gross morphological structure in primates.  We consider ‘environment’ in the broadest terms, to include a primate’s social and cognitive environment as well as their physical habitat, since functional morphology may be determined by all these factors. 

Invited speakers: Peter Aerts (Antwerp), Robin Crompton (Liverpool), Nathaniel Dominy (Dartmouth College), Sarah Elton (Durham), Kevin Hunt (Indiana), Tracey Kivell (Kent), Brigette Senut (Sorbonne), Christophe Soligo (UCL), Bridget Waller (Portsmouth)

There will be prizes (from the Anatomical Society and Wiley Blackwell) for the best oral communication by a Young Investigator.There will also be lectures from the Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year and winners of the best paper prize from Journal of Anatomy and Aging Cell.

The website for the Winter Meeting is now open at:

The University is well served by transport links, with a rail station on campus and B+B accommodation on site. We look forward to welcoming you all to Birmingham.

Abstract deadline Friday 14th November

What's New

News for dissemination on social media - 30 October 2014
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Anatomical Society funded student wins Mammalian Genome Prize - 04 December 2014

Lemonia Chatzeli, an Anatomical Society funded Ph.D student in Dr. Abigail Tucker's lab (King's College, London) won (from 21 entries) the Mammalian Genome Prize (sponsored by the Editors and Publishers of Mammalian Genome) for her oral presentation "The role of Fgf10 in the regulation of epithelial progenitors during the initial stages of murine salivary gland development" at the 25th meeting of the Mammalian Genetics and Development Workshop at the Institute of Child Health, London on 17th November. 

Gray's Anatomy Art Contest - 13 November 2014

A new anatomy art/image competition has just been launched in connection with Gray’s Anatomy.  It calls for entrants to submit ‘clear, striking, novel or innovative views of anatomy relevant to modern clinical practice’ (with a closing date of February 27th 2015).  There is a cash first prize as well as further highly commended prizes.  Exceptional entries may also be candidates for inclusion in the forthcoming Gray’s Anatomy 41/e (eBook version).  More info'

National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition - 22 October 2014
The 3rd annual National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition will be taking place at the University of Southampton on 28th March 2015. It will also feature a guest lecture from Prof Susan Standring, Editor-in-Chief of Gray's Anatomy. For information on how to register for the event and/or apply for a bursary please see the website. 
Journal of Anatomy - the prehensile tongue - 25 September 2014
Many of us have seen the high-speed reptilian tongue protrusion and retraction for cap-turing prey. However, do we stop and ask if the genioglossus is involved and how? Leïla-Nastasia Zghikh and colleagues at universities and institutes in Mons (Belgium), France, Germany and the US, report the findings from a 3-way approach to determine distribu-tion of fibre-type in the tongue muscles in the Agamid lizard. You can read more about their fascinating study entitled "Morphology and fibre-type distribution in the tongue of the Pogona vitticeps lizard (Iguania, Agamidae)" in the October issue of the Journal of Anatomy at 
Aging Cell - muscle behavior in old age - 25 September 2014
The growth of aging populations is encouraging searches for answers to the issues raised by increasing physical disabilities associated with this increase. Michael Lustgarten and colleagues at Tufts University in Boston, USA report on muscle parameters, nutrition and exercise in their study on "Metabolites related to gut bacterial metabolism, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha activation, and insulin sensitivity are associated with physical function in functionally-limited older adults". You can read more about their study in the October issue of the journal Aging Cell at