Anatomy comes to life at AAA annual meeting/EB 2006 … especially for young anatomists


Anatomy in Motion: Put Your Best Image Forward! Do you have some exceptional micrograph images that highlight your research? Send them to for inclusion in a special “Anatomy in Motion Image Display” at the AAA booth at EB 2006. All submitted images should be 1,280 × 1,024 resolution and must be received by February 1, 2006.

Go west, young anatomist! And this year, more than ever, AAA will make it worth your while for young and not-so-young alike to attend the AAA Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) 2006 in San Francisco!

AAA not only significantly increased travel grants for student and postdoctoral members, but we've also added a new workshop to help graduate students, postdocs, and scientists now working in academia think outside the academic box when it comes to future employment.

AAA teams up with the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) for a workshop on Beyond Academia: Career Options in Industry and Biotech—a perfect networking opportunity where you can meet informally with representatives of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and contract research organizations to find out what it takes to embark on a successful career in industry and learn about the career options these companies offer. Join us on Sunday, April 2, from 10 AM until noon.

In continuing partnership with the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), AAA is cosponsoring a mentoring luncheon on Opening Doors: Networking and Professional Visibility, which immediately follows the AAA-ASPET Career Workshop. For the first 20 AAA student/postdoctoral members to register, the mentoring luncheon is on the house!

Other recent additions to the AAA Annual Meeting schedule have been so well received that they are now part of “networking as usual”: two Saturday afternoon award sessions highlight the research of student and postdoctoral award nominees and our Monday evening Student Poster Session and Reception is the best place to meet your next mentor, grad student, postdoc, or new faculty member.

The AAA Annual Meeting at EB 2006 runs from Saturday, April 1, to Wednesday, April 5. Here are some additional highlights!

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Dr. Judah Folkman


Judah Folkman, MD, whose discoveries on the mechanism of angiogenesis opened this significant field of investigation, presents the AAA keynote lecture on “The Platelet Angiogenesis Proteome for Early Detection of Cancer” (Sunday, April 2, 5:00–6:00 PM). Folkman is the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Vascular Biology Program at Children's Hospital Boston. His presentation is sponsored by the American Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons (AACBNC) with support from JEOL USA.


AAA's Education and Teaching Track covers 4 full days, combining the traditional focus of curriculum content with an in-depth look at the present and future of who is doing the teaching and how anatomy is being taught.

This year's program features an opening workshop on The Use of Tablet PCs in Teaching the Anatomical Sciences, plus a workshop on Preparing for the Future: Training and Certification of Anatomical Science Educators. The full slate of education/teaching sessions include:

  • Anatomy Education Breakfast Roundtables

  • Diagnostic Imaging as a Teaching Tool

  • Master Class: The Autonomic Nervous System

  • Online Publication of Educational Resources: Who Owns What?

  • Refresher Course: The Musculoskeletal System

  • Role of Anatomy in Teaching Professionalism

  • Teaching Innovations in Anatomy

  • Workshop: Preparing Graduate Students to Teach the Anatomical Sciences

  • Workshop: The Use of Tablet PCs in Teaching the Anatomical Sciences


Regenerative medicine is the basis of 21st-century biomedicine. AAA's 2006 2-day mini-meeting, featuring its own poster session, will highlight the novel role of stem cells in tissue turnover and regeneration, identify important basic science issues, and demonstrate how understanding basic science principles can be translated into novel therapeutic and diagnostic modalities. The program, chaired by Vladimir Mironov (Medical University of South Carolina), includes sessions on:

  • Stem Cells for Regenerative Medicine

  • Biomimetic Matrices for Regenerative Medicine

  • Endothelial-Mesenchymal Transformation in Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine

  • Tissue Engineering Technologies for Regenerative Medicine


Beyond this outstanding program, the AAA Annual Meeting at EB 2006 offers an extensive exhibit featuring state-of-the-art equipment and the latest publications. Take the opportunity to mingle with colleagues at the AAA Socializer, AAA Annual Awards Banquet, the ongoing ChatRoom in the AAA Office, and discussions in between sessions.

Register by February 6 to save $70 with early-bird registration and an additional $100 if you're an AAA member! When submitting your EB registration form, it's important that you select “Anatomy/AAA” as your member society or area of interest. And be sure to reserve your hotel room by February 17 or sooner—inexpensive rooms are the first to go.

For all of your AAA Annual Meeting/EB 2006 needs, plus up-to-date details on the AAA program, go to or contact AAA at 301-634-7910 (phone), 301-634-7965 (fax), or