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:: www.anatsocmeeting.co.uk

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.

What's New

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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/joa.12224/full. 
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 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/acel.12251/full