About AAA

The American Association of Anatomists was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the “advancement of anatomical science.” Today, via research, education, and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.

Mission  Advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development.

Vision:  The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) serves as the gateway for conveying the relevance of biological structure as it relates to function from molecules to organisms, and the role of anatomy in team-based, interdisciplinary science, healthcare, and education.  


AAA's Strategic Plan

Board of Directors


History of AAA (1888-2013)



Investment Policy

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News from the field

AAA conducts its operations based on a Constitution and Bylaws and is a nonprofit scientific organization with tax-exempt status.  Based in Bethesda, MD, AAA is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), a coalition of 27 independent member societies that play an active role in lobbying for the interests of biomedical and life scientists.


American Association of Anatomists

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