Joint Anatomical Society and Primate Society of Great Britain Winter Meeting

 Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham, 15-16th December 2014.

The joint winter meeting was a huge success. We to had close registration early having met our capacity of 150 and it was great to see near-capacity audiences in every session over the 2 days. The main Ecomorphology session, organised by Dr Susannah Thorpe, delivered a wide range of excellent talks on the interactions between primates, other animals, and their environment. A poster session with 43 posters, teamed with a curry tasting ensured a good audience and lively discussion for many hours on the middle evening. The Young Investigator Prize for best oral communication (sponsored by the Anatomical Society and Wiley) was contested by over a dozen individuals with Dean Malik (External ear development: insights from mouse models) finally prevailing to take top slot ahead of runners-up, Matthew Parnell and Edwin Dickinson. Best paper prize lectures for Journal of Anatomy and Ageing Cell were given along with Anatomical Society New Fellow of the Year and the Osman Hill Memorial lectures.


What's New

Final deadline for Symington Awards for Boston - 19 January 2015

5th March 2015 is the final deadline for applications for Symington Bequest Funding from members (who have been elected to membership by Council for at least one year ) to participate in the AAA Experimental Biology meeting, 28th March to 1st April 2015 in Boston, USA. The Anatomical Society is a Guest Society of the AAA and is organising symposia. The Anatomical society is offering an additional number and larger Symington Bequest Fund grants to encourage eligible members to participate. Further detail linked from here.

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