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The Annual Meeting of the American Association of Anatomists will take place at Experimental Biology 2002 (EB 2002) in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 20–24, 2002. The outstanding program this year is the result of the hard work of AAA Program Co-secretaries Kathy Svoboda and Robert Specian. This summary of the AAA meeting was abstracted from the September 2001 AAA Newsletter, which was prepared by Ms. Andrea Pendleton (AAA Executive Director) and Ms. Mary Moran.

There are several Special Lectures this year. These features include the Keynote Speaker, Samuel M. McCann, speaking on Nitric Oxide and Cytokines Mediate Responses to Stress and Inflammation, and the Pinckey J. Harmon Memorial Lecturer, Carla J. Shatz, speaking on Wiring the Developing Brain. In addition, presentations will be given by those recognized by the AAA. These presentations will include the following: The R.R. Bensley Lecture in Cell Biology, the C.J. Herrick Lecture in Comparative Neuroanatomy, and the H.W. Mossman Lecture in Developmental Biology. On Saturday, April 20, 2002, there will be workshops on Noninvasive Small Animal Imaging: How to Get Started (chaired by Robert Specian) and Set Up & Funding of Core Imaging Facilities (chaired by Kathy Svoboda).

The Cajal Club Program will include presentation of the Cajal Club Krieg Cortical Kudos 2002 Award winners and The Nissl Body's Poster Session, which will be chaired by Dr. John Morrison. The Cajal Club Presidential symposium—The Entorhinal Cortex: Crossroads Between Neo- and Archicortex will be chaired by Dr. Charles Ribak. The speakers in this symposium are Angel Alonso (title to be announced), Patrick Hof (title to be announced), Robert Schwarcz (Entorhinal Excitement and Epilepsy), and Wendy Suzuki (Memory Signals in the Macaque Monkey Entorhinal Cortex). The Harman Lecture by Carla Shatz is mentioned above.

Platform sessions will consist of presentation selected from abstracts submitted for the meeting. These Sessions and their respective chairs are as follows: Cell Signaling in Musculoskeletal Differentiation, chaired by Mark Nathanson; Cell Signaling in Sensory Systems, chaired by Judy Garner; Cell Signaling In Vascular Development, chaired by Charles Little; Developmental Control of Translation & Adenylation, chaired by Rebecca Hartley; Enteric Nervous System and Control of Food Intake, chaired by Ayman Sayegh; Gene Expression Monitoring & 3D-Visualization, chaired by Johannes Streicher; Gliogenesis in the Nervous System, chaired by Mahendra Rao; Growth & Development, chaired by Judith Venuti; Stem Cell Biology, chaired by Maya Sieber-Blum; Teaching Innovations in Anatomy, chaired by Richard Drake (who is also guest-editing a special issue of The New Anatomist for April of 2002, to coincide with EB 2002); TGF-BETA in Heart & Vascular Development, chaired by Raymond Runyan; and Transgenic Mouse Models, chaired by Richard Fehn. The Association anticipates an outstanding series of papers in these platform sessions.

As seen by the titles of the sessions, a wide range of contemporary topics will be covered, including new and innovative ways of teaching anatomy. In general, the Education Program of the Annual AAA Meeting at Experimental Biology has been growing each year, and the various sessions of this part of the meeting have been very popular. For example, the Anatomy Education Breakfast Roundtables have been especially well attended. This year these roundtables will be chaired by Richard Drake and Jane Scott. Within the Educational Program, the symposium Anatomy Education for Other Professionals will also be chaired by Richard Drake and Jane Scott. A partial list of the speakers in this symposium include Buddy Landry and Judy Provo-Klimek. The symposium Anatomy for 21st Century Dentists will be chaired by Geoffrey Guttman. The speakers in this symposium and their topics are as follows: Geoffrey Guttmann (Are Canadian and American Dental Schools Anatomical Sciences Curricula Really Different?), Kathleen M. Klueber (Teaching Neuroanatomy/Neuroscience to Dental Students), Terence P. Ma (Making Gross Anatomy Relevant to Dental Students), Brian R. MacPherson (Enhancing the Dental Histology Curriculum), and Geoffrey H. Sperber (Fabricating a Face: The Essence of Embryology in the Dental Curriculum). Also included in the Educational Program is the symposium Enteric Nervous System: A Refresher Course chaired by Gary Mawe and Raymond Papka. The speakers in this symposium and their respective topics are as follows: Michael Gershon (An Overview of the Enteric Nervous System), Pamela Hornby (Brain Gut Interactions), Peter Moses (The Enteric Nervous System from the Clinicians Point of View), and Keith Sharkey (Neuro Immune Interactions in E.N.S.). Deborah Vaughn will chair a symposium entitled How Do We Locate, Cultivate, & Admit Ideal Medical Students (speakers to be announced). The latter symposium should be quite interesting to all who teach medical students.

There will be several additional symposia at the 2002 AAA meeting at EB 2002. The symposium Angiogenesis: Fragments of Polypeptides Conferring Antiangiogenic Properties will be chaired by Marion (Emmy) Gordon and will feature presentations by M. Judah Folkman (Discovery of Angiogenesis Inhibitors) and Marsha Moses (Cryptic Angiogenesis Inhibitors and Their Proteolytic Processing). The symposium Anterior-Posterior Patterning of The Neural Plate will be chaired by Paul Goetinck and will be Co-sponsored by the AAA journal Developmental Dynamics. The speakers at this symposium will be announced at a later date.

George Pappas will chair the symposium Cell Secretion Revisited. The speakers (and their respective talks) will include the following: Bhanu P. Jena (A Study of Cellular Secretion of Pancreatic Acinar Cells With the Atomic Force Microscope), Mahlon Kriebel (Porocytosis: A New Explanation of Synaptic Neurotransmitter Secretion), Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz (Secretory Protein Transport Analyzed in Living Cells), and Robert B. Silver (Porocytosis: A New View of Secretion Across the Plasma Membrane).

The symposium Coronary Vessel Development will be chaired by Takashi Mikawa. The speakers, and the titles of their talks, at this symposium are David Bader (Bves: A Novel Cell Adhesion Molecule Expressed During Coronary Vessel Development), Paul Krieg (The Role of Endoderm in Vascular Development), Takashi Mikawa (Coronary Vessel Development), and Robert Tomanek (Growth Factor Regulation of Coronary Vasculogenesis and Angiogenesis). David Lester will chair the symposium entitled Functional Anatomy: Visualizing Genetics, Physiology & Metabolism, which will include the following speakers: G. Allan Johnson, Alan P. Koretsky, David Piwnica-Worms, and Alexander Tsiaras.

Lynne Opperman and Mina Mina will co-chair the symposium Getting A Head: Molecular Mechanisms of Craniofacial Bone Growth. The speakers at this symposium and the titles of their talks are as follows: Mina Mina (Signaling Networks Regulating Outgrowth and Morphogenesis of the Mandibular Arch), Drew Noden (Origins and Movements of Head Skeletogenic Cells), Lynne Opperman (Molecular Pathways in Cranial Suture Morphogenesis), and Charles Shuler (Regulation of Palatal Development).

The symposium Histomorphometry of Tissue Engineered Grafts will be chaired by David Dean and is supported by an educational grant from Resolution Sciences Corp. The speakers at the symposium will be Arnold Caplan (Demonstration of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Attachment and Transduction to Mature Tissue Types), David Dean (The Improvement of Bone Growth and Its Verification in a Three Rabbit Model), Tony Mikos (Verification of Scaffold Pore Morphology, Resorbtion, and Tissue Ingrowth in Artificial Polymer Scaffolds), and Jennifer West (3-D Demonstration of Vascular Graft Competence).

Stephen Moorman will chair the symposium Imaging Techniques in Live Embryos, which will focus on research being done on zebrafish. The speakers of this symposium are Chi-Bin Chien (Imaging Neuronal Growth Cones in Live Zebrafish Embryos), Joseph Fetcho (Imaging Neuronal Activity in Live Zebrafish Larvae), Diane Slusarski (Imaging Calcium Transients During Early Zebrafish Development), and Brant Weinstein (Imaging Developing Vasculature in Live Zebrafish).

The symposium Morphology, Cell Biology, Physiology, and Pathology of Airway Receptors will be chaired by Jean-Pierre Timmermans and is co-sponsored by The Anatomical Record. The speakers will be Dirk Adriaensen and Paul Kemp (Physiology and Molecular Biology of Oxygen Sensing in Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Cells), Lu-Yuan Lee (Functional Morphology and Physiology of C-Fibre Afferents), Edward S. Schelegle (Functional Morphology and Physiology of Pulmonary SARs), Hildegard M. Schuller (Pulmonary Neuroendocrine (Receptor) Cells and Tobacco-Specific Toxicants), and John Widdicombe (Functional Morphology and Physiology of Pulmonary RARs).

The symposium entitled Olfactory Ensheathing Cells: Therapeutic Potential in Spinal Cord Injury will be chaired by Kathy Jones. The speakers at this symposium will be Ronald Doucette (Olfactory Ensheathing Cells: Past, Present, and Future), Robin Franklin (Relative Merits of Transplanting Olfactory Ensheathing Cells and Schwann Cells), Tracey McCarthy (Neurotrophic Properties of an Olfactory Ensheathing Cell Line), and Almudena Ramon-Cueto (Olfactory Ensheathing Glia Transplants to Repair the Injured CNS of Adult Mammals). This symposium will address fundamental questions of significant clinical interest.

Yokiko Sugi and Michiko Watanabe will co-chair the symposium Regulation of Cardiac Growth & Development. The speakers in this symposium include H. Scott Baldwin (Transcriptional Regulation of the Endocardium as a Unique Endothelial Cell Population), John Burch (GATA Gene Regulation and Heart Development), Sylvia Evans (The Role of Tbx20 in Heart Development), and Mark Mercola (Genetic Control of Heart Induction).

Kathy Svoboda will chair a symposium entitled Set Up & Funding of Core Imaging Facilities. The individuals making presentations and the titles of their talks are Kathy Svoboda (Finding the Time and Energy to Run a Small Imaging Facility), Marjorie Tingle (Federal Funding Processes), and Simon Watkins (Large Scale Image System Integration: Never a Round Peg into a Square Hole). This is an especially timely topic, as more and more universities are considering central core facilities.

The symposium Sex Hormones & The Plastic Brain will be chaired by Lydia Don Carlos. The speakers in this symposium are Manfred L. Gahr (Androgen and Estrogen Receptor Expression and Plasticity in the Vocal Control System), Luis Miguel Garcia-Segura (Neuroprotection by Estradiol), Stuart A. Tobet (Steroid Receptor Superfamily Participation in Hypothalamic Development), and Christine Wagner (Progesterone Receptors and Neural Development).

Wade Grow will be chair the symposium Skeletal Muscle Differentiation, which is co-sponsored by the AAA Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists. Those presenting at this symposium are Dean J. Burkin (The alpha7beta1 Integrin in Muscle Development and Disease), Wilfred F. Denetclaw, Jr. (Dynamic Filopodial Extensions from the Dermomyotome Dorso-Medial Lip Correlates with Early Epaxial Myogenesis), Michael B. Ferrari (Assembling the Vertebrate Myofibril: Calcium as a Construction Tool); and Charles Ordahl (Muscle Growth and Embryo Morphogenesis).

The symposium Stem Cell Biology & Its Therapeutic Potential - Chairperson's Symposium is co-sponsored by the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Neurobiology Chairs (AACBNC). It will be chaired by David Burr, the President of the AACBNC. The speakers will be Paul M. Carvey (Driving Mesencephalic Stem Cells to Dopamine Neurons), Mark Pittenger (Characteristics of Adult MSCs and Their Therapeutic Potential), Darwin J. Prockop (Properties and Potential Use of Marrow Stromal Cells), and Evan Snyder (Neural Stem Cells: Developmental Insights May Suggest Novel Therapies for the Nervous System).

As seen from the above summary, the AAA meeting to be held at EB 2002 promises to have a wide range of presentations of interest to our membership. In addition to the Cajal Club, which has met in conjunction with the AAA for over 50 years, the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists will join us as a Guest Society.

For more information and details on the AAA program at EB 2002, consult the call for abstracts and preliminary program or contact Ms. Andrea Pendleton, Executive Director of the AAA, at 301-571-8314 (phone), 301-571-0619 (fax), or apendleton@anatomy.org (e-mail), or visit the AAA's newly redesigned Web site at http://www.anatomy.org. The Association looks forward to an excellent meeting in New Orleans, a great place to bring not only yourself but also your family.