2014 Annual Mtg

Saturday - Sunday - Monday
 Tuesday - Wednesday
- Posters

Printed Copy of Full Program (pdf.)
Schedule at a Glance Grid (pdf.)

Highlights from our Annual Meeting at EB 2014 in San Diego:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Advancing Your Career through Social Networks
Chair: David Mills (Louisiana Tech Univ.)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 7B
Social media tools and websites offer a powerful way for scientists to boost their professional profile and act as a public voice for science. These Internet vehicles are becoming obligatory for career success and lack of an online presence can severely limit a researcher's visibility. Scientists are increasingly using social media as a way to share journal articles, advertise their thoughts and scientific opinions, post updates from conferences and meetings, and circulate information about professional opportunities and upcoming events. The scientist has the opportunity to leverage one or all of their digital assets — blog, podcast, social networking sites, and science portals — to establish an online identity and enable people to discover and connect with you. The web can make your science speak to a larger audience by making your research more visible to the public and fellow researchers, provide opportunities for extending the reach of your lab's science, and bring you useful information, ideas, and even scientific allies.
The workshop will identify and distinguish between the different social media formats and social networking sites for engineers and scientists. It will show participants how to develop a web presence, how to select the right tools, and use social media to advance their own careers. In our interactive component, we will review "case study" examples and analyze them for best practices and errors to avoid. Each participant will learn how to conduct a situational analysis, figure out exactly what your personal brand is, select the best social media tools to connect with your audience, build your online presence and finally, market your brand for advancing your science.

Mary Canady (Comprendia LLC and San Diego Biotechnology Network)
Importance of Scientific Social Networks
Jenna Carpenter (Louisiana Tech Univ.)
The Role of Networking and Social Media in Career Advancement
David Mills (Louisiana Tech Univ.)
Key Science Networking Sites and How They Work
Case-based Studies and Group Discussion

Individual Growth and Career Planning
Chairs: Michael Lehman (Univ. of Mississippi Medical Center) & Linda May (East Carolina Univ.)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Room 7B & 8
Career opportunities for anatomists and biomedical scientists have changed dramatically in recent years.  These two sessions will provide a roadmap for individual growth and career planning for both trainees and new faculty.  Leading experts in this area will speak and facilitate interactive sessions in which they describe practical processes and frameworks by which you can explore your career options and set goals to allow you to plan ahead for the next stage of your career.

Individual Growth and Career Planning for Graduates and Post-docs
Philip Clifford (Medical College of Wisconsin) & Cynthia Fuhrmann (Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School)

Individual Growth and Career Planning for New Faculty – Got My First Factulty Job-Now  What?
Richard McGee (Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine)

Career Networking Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Room 10
Join us at the Career Networking lunch to continue the conversation over an informal lunch with career advisors and mentors.  Sign up in advance here (maximum attendance is 50 people)

Langman Graduate Student Platform Award Session
Chair:  Jason Mussell (LSU Health Sciences Center)
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Room 7B

Bioflyers:  Anatomy of Animal Flight
Chair:  Michael Habib (Univ. of Southern California)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 9
Animal flight, especially powered flight, has long been considered a key evolutionary transition in animals. Flying animals are remarkably diverse and widespread: they include the most species-rich group of living animals, the most widespread vertebrate species, and some of the most numerous living animals. The behavior and anatomy of flying animals can provide critical insights regarding major evolutionary transitions, biological materials, and the limits of animal performance.  This session will feature presentations on the evolution and biomechanics of flight in animals, with a focus on key anatomical adaptations. Major topics will include: the origin of aerial behavior in insects, performance estimates for the largest animal flyers in Earth’s history, the biomechanics of feathers, and the origin and ontogeny of avian body plans.

Robert Dudley (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
Arthropod aloft: The anatomical and biomechanical origins of aerial behavior
Ashley Heers (Univ. of Montana)
Building a bird: ontogenetic and evolutionary construction of the avian body plan
Michael Habib (Univ. of Southern California)
Giant Pterosaurs and the Limits of Animal Flight
Justin Hall (Univ. of Southern California, Lost Angeles County Museum of Natural History)
The Aerodynamics of Feather Asymmetry and Implications for Paravian Flight

Energizing Your Educational Scholarship
Chair: Rebecca Lufler (Tufts Univ. School of Medicine)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 8
With decreased basic science research funding and increased interest in educational research, this session will highlight how to create robust and publishable scholarly work from your everyday work.  The speakers will introduce you to hot topics in medical education research and help direct your educational research questions through stages of planning toward publication.  By the end of the session, attendees will be able to identify their own educational research interests, formulate feasible research questions, identify the appropriate steps to conducting research, develop assessments to produce learning outcome data, and analyze the data to turn into a publishable paper.

Sebastian Uijtdehaage (David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)
Energizing Your Educational Scholarship: What Are the Hot Topics?
Nicole Borges (Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State Univ.)
Developing Research Questions and Designing Studies for Your Scholarly Activities in Medical Education
Patricia O'Sullivan (Univ. of California San Francisco)
Creating a Roadmap for Educational Scholarship

Cardiovascular Biology Platform Session
Chair: Eduard Dedkov (New York Institute of Technology)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7A

Postdoctoral Platform Award Session
Chair:  Benjamin Auerbach (The Univ. of Tennessee)
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Room 7B

Form, Function and Evolution Platform Session
Chair: Valerie DeLeon (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 9

Interprofessional Education in the Anatomical Sciences (Hybrid Symposium)
Chair: Mary Bee (Univ. of Detroit Mercy)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 8
The strength of our medically trained students will only be as great as their ability to work with other members of the health care team.  One of the top priorities as educators should be providing our students opportunities to have meaningful interactions with other health professionals as they learn about topics in medicine. This type of collaborative learning is known as Interprofessional Education (IPE).  The importance of IPE in health professional curricula will be emphasized. Speakers will describe innovative programs and provide insight on how we can reshape basic science anatomy education.  Highlighted examples of IPE include nearly every health care profession in both lecture and especially laboratory settings.  The majority of faculty and students are eager to incorporate IPE in their curriculum and are aware of the necessary trust and respect that is integral to this approach, especially when providing constructive feedback.

Darrell Kirch (Association of American Medical Colleges)
Importance of Interprofessional Approaches in Medical Education
Bruce Wainman (McMaster Univ.)
Is Anatomy Dissection Effective IPE?
Andrew Palombella (McMaster Univ.)
Dissecting through barriers: Interprofessional Education, Problem-based Learning, and Gross Anatomy
Anne Titelbaum (Univ. of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix)
Sowing the Seeds of Integrative Health Care: Implementation of an Interprofessional Anatomy Curriculum for First Year Students
Terin Euerle (Mayo Clinic)
Designing an Interprofessional Learning Curriculum for Medical and Physical Therapy Students in Gross Anatomy Curriculum
Jared Dowdy (Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents Univ.)
Peer Feedback among Interprofessional Allied Health Students in the Anatomy Lab

Collateral Vessels: Recent Insights into Mechanisms and Clinical Significance
Chair:  Robert Tomanek (Univ. of Iowa)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 7A
Recent data indicate that: 1) growth of collateral vessels can be stimulated by several approaches including reprogramming of cells and mechanical stimuli, 2) mechanisms regulating collateral growth differs in brain, leg and heart and 3) growth and remodeling of collateral vessels plays a key role in survival after stroke, myocardial ischemia and infarction, and protects against peripheral vascular disease.  This symposium will review the cellular and molecular events that comprise collateral vessel formation and remodelling (Robert Tomanek).  The second talk will focus of reprogramming of cells and the therapeutic potential of this approach (William Chilian).  James Faber will discuss the genetic basis for collateral growth in brain, leg and heart and why mechanisms are not uniform in the three.  Finally Christian Seiler will present evidence that coronary collaterals increase survival in patients with coronary artery disease.

Robert Tomanek (Univ. of Iowa)
Cell and Molecular Events Comprising Collateral Vessel Development and Remodeling
William Chilian (Northeast Ohio Medical Univ.)
Reprogramming Cells and their use in Regenerative Therapy
James Faber (Univ. of North Carolina)
Genetic Determinants of the Native  Collateral Circulation
Christian Seiler (Univ. of Heidelberg)
Therapeutic Induction of Arteriogenesis in Humans

AAA Educational Research Platform Award Session
Chair: Patrick Nahirney (Univ. of Victoria)
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 7B

New Member & 1st Time Attendee Welcome Reception
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Coronado Room (Marriott)

AACBNC Reception
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Cardiff Room (Marriott)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Signaling by Natural and Engineered Extracellular Matrix Mini Meeting (Mini-meeting I)
Co-sponsored by The Anatomical Record
Chairs:  Rocky Tuan (Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) & Charles Little (Kansas Univ. Medical Center)
This mini-meeting, consisting of 4 separate sessions, will explore how cells and tissues respond to the physical structure and biological properties of natural and engineered extracellular matrices. The presentations will show how interplay and 'dynamic reciprocity' between cells and their surrounding ECM scaffold/template play a pivotal role in the formation of new organs and tissues.

Plenary Session - Biology of Matrix Function in Development and Diseases (Mini-meeting I)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 8

Celeste Nelson (Princeton Univ.)
Matrix-mediated Mechanical Regulation of Tissue Morphogenesis
Penney Gilbert (Univ. of Toronto)
The Aging Muscle Stem Cell Niche as a Therapeutic Target
David Cheresh (Univ. of California San Diego)
Tumor Progression Induced by Integrin αvβ3 Mediated Anchorage-dependent and -independent Signaling

Biological and Physical Principles of Matrix-Guided Tissue Engineering (Mini-meeting I)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Room 9

Kevin Healy (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
Biophysics and Dynamics of Bioinspired Stem Cell Microenvironments
Jennifer Eliseeff (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Biomaterial Scaffolds in Regenerative Medicine
Rocky Tuan (Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Biomimetic Scaffolds and Natural Matrices for Stem Cell-based Tissue Engineering and Modeling

Customized Matrices for Tissue Engineering (Mini-meeting I)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 9

Michael Detamore (Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence)
‘Raw Materials’ in Tissue Engineering
Lucie Germain (Centre LOEX de l'Université Laval)
Tissue-engineered Extracellular Matrices for 3D Tissue Modeling and Clinical Applications
Miqin Zhang (Univ. of Washington)
Aligned Polymer Nanofibers for Tissue Engineering
Ali Khademhosseini (Wyss Institute at Harvard)
Microengineered Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Platform Session (Mini-meeting I)
Chair: Ralph Marcucio (Univ. of California, San Francisco)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 9

Anatomy Education Roundtable - Designing Assessment for Learning: Leave with One in Hand
Chair: Jennifer McBride (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Room 10
Bring your assessments for conversion! Are the assessment tools you use evaluating evidence of learning or evidence of achievement? In this session, Patricia O’Sullivan will discuss the foundation for assessing student learning and describe a process of creating assessments with this goal in mind. Participants will then have the opportunity to work on modifying their own assessments and discuss changes with other attendees. The session will wrap up with dialogue on the future challenges facing approaches to student assessment.

Patricia O'Sullivan (Univ. of California San Francisco)

Advances in Neuroimaging:  Linking Structure and Function toward the Connectome
Chair:  Todd Parrish (Northwestern Univ.)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Room 7B
Magnetic resonance imaging has revolutionized the way we are able to visualize the human brain in vivo by providing tremendous soft tissue contrast with high spatial and temporal resolution. Developments in hardware and pulse sequence design have moved MRI from static structural images towards physiologic imaging. Two examples of this are sensitivity to blood oxygen levels and visualization of microscopic water movement. The former has advanced neuroscience with fMRI and resting state connectivity. The latter is known as diffusion imaging which has improved acute stroke imaging and is used to study white matter connectivity. Cutting edge methods of each will be discussed.

Darren Gitelman (Northwestern Univ.)
What Makes Connections Effective? An Introduction to Model-based Measures of Brain Connectivity
Tom Liu (Univ. of California San Diego)
Resting-state Functional Connectivity of the Brain
Joe Zhou (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago)
Probing Tissue Microstructures Using Diffusion MRI

Workshop: How to Include Ultrasound in your Anatomy Course
Chair: Geoffrey Guttmann (Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm – Room 8
Attendees will be introduced to the principles of ultrasound, the ultrasound machine and probes, and some approaches to applying ultrasound imaging in the anatomy lab. Attendees will have an opportunity to use ultrasound to obtain images relevant to the thyroid, wrist, liver and gallbladder, which would give one experience with the common probes being used in ultrasound clinics. A demonstration will precede the ultrasound activity. Attendees will work in groups and use the ultrasound machine on each other. There will also be a demonstration of an application of ultrasound imaging for treatment purposes or approaches.

Session Instructional Handout

Geoffrey Guttmann (Univ. of North Texas Health Science Center)
Vaughn Lee (Texas Tech Univ. in Lubbock)
Thomas Clark (MSKUS)

Getting Nervous about the Immune System
Chair:  Keith Kelley (Univ. of Illinois)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7B
The brain gets nervous in response to infections, leading to activation of central neuronal circuits that cause physiological changes to promote homeostasis. Neuroendocrine stress responses were the first to be identified following peripheral insults, but now it is known that other systems are regulated that control appetite, fever, sleep, cognition, pain and mood. Even in the absence of an infection, cerebrospinal fluid and probably antigen-presenting cells in the subarachnoid space drain into cervical lymph nodes, thereby informing the immune system about what is happening in the brain. This symposium features international experts who are leading the way in defining afferent and efferent neural, humoral and cellular communication pathways between the immune system and brain.

Roxanna Carare (Univ. of Southampton)
Afferent and Efferent Immunological Pathways of the Brain. Anatomy, Function and Failure
Kevin Tracey (Feinstein Institute for Medical Research)
Nerves and Immunity: Reflexes in Immunological Homeostasis
Linda Watkins (Univ. of Colorado-Boulder)
Targeting Glial Activation for Treating Chronic Pain and Improving Opioid Efficacy
Andrew Miller (Emory Univ.)
Cytokine Targets in the Brain: Impact on Neurotransmitters and Neurocircuits

Excellence in Canadian Research – Cancer Biology
Sponsored by the Canadian Association for Anatomy, Neurobiology & Cell Biology
Chair:  Michael Kawaja (Queen’s Univ.)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7A

Charles Graham (Queen's Univ.)
Mechanisms of Hypoxia-induced Immune Escape in Cancer and their Regulation by Nitric Oxide
Amina Zoubeidi (Univ. of British Columbia)
Treatment Resistance in Prostate Cancer: Rationale of Combination Therapy
Russell Jones (McGill Univ.)
Metabolic Control Points in Cancer
Christopher Nicol (Queen's Univ.)
Stromal PPARγ Protects Against Breast Tumourigenesis

An Integrated Medical Curriculum: Successes and Pitfalls across Disciplines
Chair: Judith Venuti (Oakland Univ. William Beaumont School of Medicine)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Room 8
For the first time, we have planned a multi-society symposium to discuss the successes and pitfalls of an integrated medical school curriculum.  The session will include invited speakers from the American Association of Anatomist (AAA), Association for Psychological Science (APS), American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET).  They will discuss how they have integrated their disciplines (Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Pharmacology, respectively) into the medical school curriculum at their schools.

Kelly Dowhower Karpa (Pennsylvania State Univ. College of Medicine)
Creating a Virtual Pharmacology Curriculum in a PBL-Intensive, Integrated Learning Environment
Herb Janssen (Texas Tech Univ. Health Sciences Center)
Integrating Physiology into a Scheme-based Curriculum
Andrew Lichtman (Harvard Medical School)
Integrating Pathology Education: Current Practice and Coming Changes at Harvard Medical School
Carol Nichols (Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents Univ.)
Teaching Anatomy in an Integrated Medical Curriculum: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

Neurobiology  Platform Session
Chair: Joseph Cheatwood (Southern Illinois Univ. School of Medicine)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm– Room 7B

AAA Welcome Reception
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – West Terrace

Monday, April 28, 2014

Organogenesis: The Anatomy of Development, Disease Pathogenesis, and Regeneration Mini Meeting (Mini-meeting II)
Co-sponsored by Developmental Dynamics
The second mini-meeting focuses on Organogenesis. Organized into a mini-meeting format, are four sessions that focus on the molecular control of cell types and organ size; specification of organs in males versus females; the etiology and pathogenesis if organ cancer; and the role of natural and induced stem cells in organ repair and regeneration. The Organogenesis mini-meeting is spearheaded by a keynote presentation from Dr. Andy McMahon. 

Organogenesis Plenary Session – Stem Cells and Regeneration (Mini-meeting II)
Chairs:  Parker Antin (Univ. of Arizona and Editor Developmental Dynamics)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 8

Mark Mercola (UC San Diego/Sandford-Burnham Medical Research Institute)
RNA and Small Molecule Probes of hiPSC-Cardiomyocyte Differentiation and Physiology
Xin Sun (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison)
Genetic Control of Upper Airway Patterning
Matthias Hebrok (UCSF Diabetes Center)
Generation of Insulin-producing Cells from Human Stem Cells

Keynote Speaker (Mini-meeting II)
Andrew P. McMahon, Ph.D. (Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California)
10:30 am – 11:30 am – Room 8
Development, Damage and Repair of the Mammalian Kidney
Keynote Speaker, Dr.  Andy McMahon is the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is a pioneer in mammalian developmental biology and renowned for his contributions to understanding the cell signaling mechanisms that govern embryogenesis. Dr. McMahon’s research has focused for many years on the assembly, repair, and regeneration of the kidney as part of a long term goal to translate basic research into improved treatments for human disease.  

Organogenesis Symposium – Development and Disease Pathogenesis (Mini-meeting II)
Co-sponsored by AAA Fellows Circle
Chairs:  Kathryn Jones (Indiana Univ. School of Medicine)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 9

Debbie Yelon (Univ. of California San Diego)
Controlling the Dynamics of Differentiation: Regulation of Cardiac Outflow Tract Assembly
Randy Johnson (MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Genetic Analysis of the Hippo Signaling Pathway in Mammalian Liver Development and Disease
Blanche Capel (Duke Univ.)
The Battle of the Sexes
Michael Shen (Columbia Univ.)
Epithelial Cell Lineage Specification during Prostate Organogenesis and Regeneration

Organogenesis Symposium - The Molecular Basis of Gastrointestinal Disease (Mini-Meeting II) [Hybrid]
Co-sponsored by AAA’s Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists (ACYA)
Chair:  Julian Guttman (Simon Fraser Univ.)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Room 9

Michael Gershon (Columbia Univ.)
Quiet But Powerful: The Role of the Enteric Nervous System in the Pathophysiology of Gastrointestinal Disease

Anatomy Education Platform Session 1
Chairs: Anna Edmondson (Georgia Health Sciences Univ.) & Michelle Lazarus
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 8

Inflammation:  At the Crossroads of Regeneration and Repair
Chair:  Traci Wilgus (The Ohio State Univ.)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7B
Inflammation is prominent during the repair of adult tissues. It is meant to be a protective response, with inflammatory cells functioning to prevent infection, clear debris, and produce growth factors and cytokines that promote healing. However, inflammation can prevent complete tissue regeneration, in part by promoting scar formation/fibrosis. In addition, persistent inflammation resulting from either uncontrolled stimulation or a blockade in resolution can contribute to the development of chronic, non-healing wounds. Speakers in this symposium will discuss new findings on the regulation of inflammation following tissue injury and the mechanisms by which inflammation influences healing outcomes (regeneration versus repair).

Anthony Mescher (Indiana Univ.)
Inflammation and the Capacity for Organ Regeneration
Traci Wilgus (The Ohio State Univ.)
Inflammation and the Regulation of Repair Responses in Developing Skin
Matthew Hardman (The Univ. of Manchester)
Microbiome, Host Response and Wound Healing
Sashwati Roy (The Ohio State Univ.)
Micromanaging Inflammation and Tissue Repair

Unexpected Morphological Consequences of Highly Specific Genetic Alterations
Chair:  Amy Merrill (Univ. of Southern California)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7A
How do the actions of individual genes contribute to development of complex anatomical structures? Scientists have persistently pursued this fundamental question by examining how gene mutations, provoked either by nature or design, cause dysmorphology. While these gene mutations can be unique or rare, uncovering their morphological consequences can expose previously unknown mechanisms that push the boundaries of existing molecular dogma. This session is dedicated to highlighting recent examples of such studies. Towards this goal, the speakers will share with us how their initial observation of abnormal morphology is pioneering new paradigms in the fields of genetics, cell and developmental biology.

Matthew Warman (Harvard Medical School & Boston Children's Hosp.)
Human Malformations Caused by Somatic Mosaic Activating Mutations Affecting the PI3 Kinase Pathway
Brendan Lee (Baylor College of Medicine)
Unexpected Genotype-phenotype Associations in Bone Dysplasias Driven by Whole Exome Sequencing
Maria Barna (Stanford Univ.)
Specialized Ribosomes: A New Frontier in Gene Expression and Organismal Development
Amy Merrill (Univ. of Southern California)
An Unexpected Nucleolar Role for FGFR2 in Development and Disease

Keep Students Coming to Anatomy Class! – How to Integrate Online Teaching tools into Formal Didactics to Optimize Classroom Efficiency and Interest
Chair: Adam Fisch (Indiana Univ. School of Medicine)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Room 8
In an era in anatomy education when there is decreased contact time with students, when students often choose self-directed learning over classroom didactics, and when institutions frequently mandate the use Online Resources in educational curricula, it is imperative that professors have a keen knowledge of what tools are available to help them maintain an Active, Clinically-relevant classroom that meets the Mobile demands of its students.  Through this symposium, the audience will learn about the recent Big Shifts in Anatomy Education from Dr. Patricia Wade and about the Online Resources available in Gross Anatomy and Histology from Dr. Jonathan Wisco and in Neuroanatomy from Dr. Adam Fisch.  At the conclusion of the symposium, the audience should understand Online Technology’s potentials and pitfalls, and how it can be used to keep anatomy education active, clinically-relevant, and exciting, so that students continue to come to class!

Patricia Ann Wade (Indiana Univ. School of Medicine)
Big Shifts in Anatomy Education
Jonathan Wisco (Brigham Young Univ.)
Necessity is the Mother of Educational Innovation: A Journey of Discovering and Developing Electronic Pedagogical Tools for Gross Anatomy and Histology
Adam Fisch (Indiana Univ. School of Medicine)
Neuroanatomy Education – Tools to Make it Active, Clinical, and Mobile

Stem Cells and Tissue Injury Platform Session
Chair: Kenneth Kramer (Creighton Univ.)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Room 7B

From the Lab to the Capitol: A Scientist’s Guide to Advocacy
Chair: Joseph Yost (Univ. of Utah)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Room 7A
Government laws, regulations, and policies are increasingly affecting individual scientists, as well as the broader research community. For example, although public opinion polls demonstrate that the majority of the American public supports greater investment in research, the budgets of the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies have remained relatively flat for the last decade and sustained direct cuts in 2013 due to sequestration. It is critical that researchers use their credibility and expertise to advocate on behalf of new policies and laws that will help maintain and grow the U.S. scientific enterprise. Understanding who makes decisions on Capitol Hill, knowing when and how to get involved in the legislative process, and being able to articulate the need for change are key steps to successfully becoming an advocate for biomedical research. Participants in this session will:

  • Learn the basics of becoming an advocate and the role of professional societies in advocacy

  • Receive an overview of the federal budget and appropriations process and how that affects funding for the National Institutes of Health

  • Find out about careers in advocacy

  • Hear about tools and resources available to help researchers monitor key legislative and policy developments on Capitol Hill

  • How to get more involved in advocacy

AAA Poster Reception
6:00 pm – 7:0 pm – West Terrace

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wound‘omics’ or the Contribution of Personal Genetics to Tissue Repair
ChairMartine Dunnwald (The Univ. of Iowa)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 9
Tissue repair is a natural process that occurs after the body is injured. And it happens all the time: from a simple cut, scrape, to the more involved surgeries and diabetic foot ulcers. If for most people tissue repair is uneventful, for others it becomes a complex medical problem requiring specialized treatment and care. Why such individual variations? Can genetic variations contribute to wound healing outcome? More importantly, can genetic variations predict wound healing outcome?
The scientific community has been invaded by the “omics” world, yet very little “omics” has been associated with tissue repair. This session will gather investigators that are at the forefront of the field leading cutting edge research in the field of tissue repair and genetics.

Jeffrey Shupp (Georgetown Univ. School of Medicine)
From Mental Health to the Host Microbiome:  Looking at the Forest not just the Trees in Wound Healing
Harriet Hopf (Univ. of Utah School of Medicine)
Empiric Evidence for a Genetic Contribution to Predisposition to Surgical Site Infection
Martine Dunnwald (The Univ. of Iowa)
Genetic Contribution to Scar Outcome
Nicole Gibran (UW Medicine, Harborview Medical Center)
The Genetics and Epigenetics of Extreme Healing:  Hypertrophic Scars and Diabetic Ulcers

Outside of the Classroom: A Look at Factors Influencing Education
Chair: Polly Husmann (Case Western Reserve Univ.)
8:00 am – 9:30 am – Room 8
Educational research has shown that most learning actually occurs outside the classroom, as the student attempts to assimilate classroom information into a personalized model of understanding.  There are a variety of factors that may facilitate or impede this out-of-classroom learning.  Unfortunately, these factors are too often overlooked or paid lip-service at best.  This symposium will endeavor to provide some insight into the factors that influence our students' learning outside of the classroom.  Presenters will describe out-of-classroom factors they have examined and/or incorporated into their classroom, such as the analysis of study habits, the use of metacognitive techniques, and the use of technologies that foster collaboration.  We will end this symposium with a group-wide discussion of additional factors that may influence learning outside of the classroom.

Polly Husmann (Case Western Reserve Univ.)
Study Skills in Anatomy & Physiology:  What’s the Difference?
Valerie Dean O'Loughlin (Indiana Univ.)
How to Develop Students’ Metacognitive Skills:  Lessons Learned from an Upper Level Undergraduate Anatomy Course
Alison Doubleday (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago)
The Social Network:  How are Students Communicating Outside of the Classroom?

The Obstetrical Dilemma in the Human Pelvis:  Constraints, Compromises and Complications
ChairKirsten Brown (George Washington School of Medicine)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 7B
Washburn (1960) was one of the first researchers to recognize that in humans, bipedalism and encephalization have created novel, and somewhat conflicting, functional requirements on pelvic shape.  He coined this competition the “obstetrical dilemma,” because human females were presented with the problem of pushing neonates through constricted birth canals.   Correspondingly, Washburn argued that the solution was to truncate gestation length, resulting in the delivery of a fetus at a much earlier developmental stage.  His original hypothesis has had implications on interpreting the hominin fossil record and on the evolution on human social behaviors.  But are bipedalism and encephalization the only factors that have driven the evolution of our unique birthing process?  Are there other factors that have played a significant role in our evolutionary history, and how do these other factors impact Washburn’s hypothesis 50 years later?  This session will address recent developments in the literature as it relates to the evolution of the human birth mechanism, and how these developments have modified our understanding of our obstetrical dilemma.

Carol Ward (Univ. of Missouri)
Locomotor Adaptations and the Origin of the Hominin Pelvis
Karen Rosenberg (Univ. of Delaware)
The Fossil Evidence for the Evolution of Human Infant Helplessness, Complicated Labor and Big Babies
Anna Warrener (Harvard Univ.)
A Model Dilemma:  How Assumptions about Locomotion and Birth have Shaped the Obstetrical Dilemma
Cara Wall-Scheffler (Seattle Pacific Univ.)
The Role of Female Pelvic Width on Walking Economy and Speed: Benefits with Few Tradeoffs

Anatomy Ontologies:  Bioinformatics in the Anatomical Sciences [Hybrid Symposium]
ChairRobert Druzinsky (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry)
8:00 am – 10:00 am – Room 7A

Plenary Award Lectures

Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award Lecture
10:30 am – 11:00 am – Room 8

Jeffrey T. Laitman, Ph.D (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
Beyond Facts: The Deeper Responsibility of Teachers to Their Students


Henry Gray/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Scientific Achievement Award Lecture
11:00 am – 11:30 am – Room 8

Drew M. Noden, Ph.D. (Cornell Univ., College of Veterinary Medicine)
Getting A Head: Changing Perspectives on Craniofacial Development



AAA/Wiley A.J. Ladman Exemplary Service Award Lecture   
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Room 8

Kathy K. H. Svoboda, Ph.D. (Texas A&M Univ. Baylor College of Dentistry)
30 Years in 30 Minutes: Integrating Imaging, Cell and Developmental Biology with Teaching and Service

Vascularization and Bone Regeneration [Hybrid Symposium]
ChairKurt Hankenson (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 9

Jeffrey Isenberg (Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Ischemia – A Paradox Waiting a Solution
Kurt Hankenson (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Progenitor Cell Fate: Fine Tuning by Blood Vessels and Oxygen

Anatomy Education Platform Session II
Chairs: Ann Poznanski (California Northstate Univ. College of Medicine) & Paulette Bernd (Columbia Univ.)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 8

Development and Disease - It's all about Anatomy Platform Session
Chair: Paul Trainor (Stowers Institute for Medical Research)
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 7B

Young Investigators Award Symposium

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Room 9

R.R. Bensley Award Lecture in Cell Biology

Takanari Inoue, Ph.D.
(Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Synthetically Rerouting Phagocytosis by Rapidly Turning Inert Cells into "Eat you" Mode


C.J. Herrick Award Lecture in Neuroanatomy

Xiangmin Xu, Ph.D. (Univ. of California, Irvine School of Medicine)
Inhibitory Neuron Organization and Function in Cerebral Cortex



H.W. Mossman Award Lecture in Developmental Biology

Lionel Christiaen, Ph.D. (New York Univ.)
The Chordate Origins of the Second Heart Field and Head Muscle Stem Cells



Morphological Sciences Award Lecture

Ben Emery, Ph.D. 
(Univ. of Melbourne)
Regulation of Oligodendrocyte Differentiation and CNS Myelination by a Novel Transmembrane Transcription Factor


AAA Closing Awards Ceremony
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Marina Ballroom (Marriott)
Join AAA for the Awards Ceremony being held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel to honor the 2014 award recipients.  Tickets cost $70/person in advance and $85/person onsite. Limited number of tickets will be sold onsite. Purchase your tickets now!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Late Breaking Poster Session
AAA Poster Session viewing time - 9:30 am - 11:00 am  – Sails Pavilion

Poster Sessions

Sunday, April 27
Display Hours:  7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Presentation Time:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Anatomy Education (part1)
Cell Biology
Development & Growth
Cardiovascular Biology

Monday, April 28
Display Hours:  7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Presentation Time:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Anatomy Education (part 2)
Stem Cells
Wound Healing

Tuesday, April 29
Display Hours:  7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Presentation Time:  12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Form, Function and Evolution
Bones, Cartilage & Teeth

Late-breaking Anatomy Posters (2 viewings)

Tuesday, April 29, West Terrace
Display Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Presentation Times:  10 AM – 10:30 AM and 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, April 30, Sails Pavilion
Display Hours: 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Presentation Time:  9:30 AM – 11:00 AM


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