Kurt Albertine, professor of pediatrics, adjunct professor of internal medicine and neurobiology and anatomy, and director of the Research Microscopy Facility at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, has been named editor in chief of the Anatomical Record, Part A, one of AAA's two flagship journals. 1

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Albertine, currently one of the journal's associate editors, begins his new role on 1 January 2006, when the present editor in chief Roger Markwald steps down after 8 years at the helm.

Among the goals Albertine has set for the journal, he envisages that the Anatomical Record will be “the premier integrative anatomy journal attracting reports of hypothesis-driven studies and lasting invited reviews.” By integrative anatomy, he explains, “I mean anatomical research that incorporates other disciplines, including (but not limited to) physiology, pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, cell biology, and/or neuroscience.”

After doing his undergraduate work in biology at Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Albertine went on to complete his doctorate in anatomy at Loyola University of Chicago-Stritch School of Medicine in 1979. He received postdoctoral training in pulmonary physiology at the University of California, San Francisco Cardiovascular Research Institute, followed by the University of South Florida, the University of Pennsylvania, and Jefferson Medical College, before joining the Utah faculty in 1993 as associate professor of pediatrics. Albertine became a full professor in 1996.

Albertine's principal research focus is the molecular regulation of alveolar formation, which incorporates the disciplines of anatomy, morphometry and stereology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, cell biology, and molecular biology. “Our studies offer a unique opportunity to identify molecular mechanisms that lead to dysregulated alveolar formation in a pediatric health problem that is eclipsed in incidence and cost by asthma only,” he notes.

Beyond his research efforts, Albertine was instrumental in establishing a graduate training program for anatomy teacher-scholars at the University of Utah and bringing about institutional changes to reward faculty for their teaching-related endeavors. He recently stepped down as director of Utah's highly successful human anatomy course, now one of the most respected courses in the medical curriculum, thanks to Albertine's efforts over the past 5 years.

In addition to his role with the Anatomical Record, Albertine is on AAA's Educational Affairs Committee and on the editorial board of the American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular. He belongs to numerous professional societies, among them the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the American Physiological Society, the American Thoracic Society, the International Society of Lymphology, the Microscopy Society of America, the Perinatal Research Society, and the Society for Leukocyte Biology.

“With the advent of new imaging technologies, anatomy is once again a 'hot' field,” Albertine maintains. “I'll be using my links to other disciplines to stump aggressively for the Anatomical Record,” he says.