AAA Regional Meeting

Anatomy Across Scales: From Molecules to Organisms

October 7-8, 2022

The University of Iowa, hosted by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Iowa City, IA

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Friday, October 7

Location – Old Capitol 

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Session 1 – Education Across Scales

Chair - Willow Schanz, University of Iowa

12:30 - 12:45 pm
Opening remarks
Martine Dunnwald, University of Iowa

1:00 - 1:30 pm Local Community Engagement to Overcome Barriers to Higher Education
Theresa Ho, PhD
Director of Microbiology and Immunology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

1:30 - 1:45 pm Comparison of Gross Anatomy Retention Between Virtual and Cadaveric Learning during COVID-19
Lucas Steele, University of Kentucky

1:45 - 2:00 pm Mapping the Human Body at Single-Cell Resolution: Developing the Human Reference Atlas
Heidi Schlehlein, Indiana University

2:00 - 4:00 pm Poster session and coffee break

2:00 - 3:15 pm

Even posters

3:15 - 4:30 pm Odd posters

4:30 - 6:00 pm
Session 2 – Cell Biology and Morphogenesis

Chairs - Nicole Recka, University of Iowa and Riley Leonard, University of Iowa

4:30 - 5:00 pm
Lung Epithelial Stems Cells and Regeneration
Tom Lynch, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Surgery
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

5:00 - 5:15 pm
Deciphering the Endothelial Cell Role of MEMO1 during Craniofacial Development
Samantha Wuebker, University of Iowa

5:15 - 5:30 pm Adipose Triglyceride Lipase Promotes Prostaglandin-Dependent Actin Remodeling By Regulating Substrate Release From Lipid Droplets
Michelle Giedt, University of Iowa

5:30 - 5:45 pm Size Matters: Growth Control of the Wing
Andrew Liu, Northwestern University

5:45 - 6:00 pm
Targeting DNA Replication Stress in Ewing Sarcoma Tumors
Emma Croushore, University of Iowa

6:15 - 8:30 pm Reception at Natural History Museum

Saturday, October 8, 2022

Location: MERF

7:30 - 8:30 am

8:30 - 10:00 am Session 3 – Form and Function

Chairs - Ben Calvert, University of Iowa and Colin Kenny, University of Iowa

8:30 - 9:00 am Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of Crocodyliforms
Christopher A. Brochu
Professor, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Iowa


9:00 - 9:15 am
Deeper look into the submergence reflex of the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Bruce Young, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

9:15 - 9:30 am Variations of Spinous and Transverse Process Length in the Human Lumbar Spine
David Fauosne, Oakland University

9:30 - 9:45 am 3D Musculoskeletal Imaging and Biomechanics in Vertebrate Evolution
Casey Holliday, University of Missouri - Columbia

9:45 - 10:00 am Sex-based differences in the sciatic nerve and piriformis muscle relationship: a cadaveric study
Charlie Marchese, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

10:00 - 10:15 am Break

10:15 am - 12:30 pm Discussion rooms (each session will run twice)

10:15 - 11:15 am - Session 1
11:15 - 11:30 am - Break/room change
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Session 2

Discussion Room Topics:

  1. Teaching Across Academics
    Sophie Joly, PharmD, PhD, Kirkwood Community College
    Charvann K. Bailey, PhD, Grinnell College
    Ray Fagenbaum, PhD, Health and Human Physiology The University of Iowa
  2. Scientific Communications
    Bahri Karacay, PhD, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT)
    Jason Organ, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine and Incoming Editor in Chief, Anatomical Sciences Education
  3. Publishing
    Heather F. Smith, PhD, Midwestern University and Editor-in-Chief, The Anatomical Record
    Tina Tootle, PhD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Associate Editor of Genetics: Cellular Genetics
  4. Non-Academic Careers
    Andrea Vyas, PhD, IDT
    Christine (Chris) M Blaumueller, PhD, The University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch (EMRB café)

1:30 - 3:15 pm Session 4 and Award Ceremony – From Molecules to Human Disease

1:30 - 2:00 pm R-loops Lead to Irreparable Breaks in C. elegans meiosis
Sarit Smolikove, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Iowa

2:00 - 2:30 pm Wound Repair and Tissue Regeneration
Rachel Smith-Bolton
Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Cell and Developmental Biology

2:30 - 3:00 pm Huntington’s Disease and Human Brain Evolution
Peggy Nopoulos, MD
Paul Penningroth Professor of Psychiatry
Chair of Department of Psychiatry
University of Iowa

3:00 - 3:15 pm Awards

Poster and Oral Presentation Awards Sponsored by The Anatomical Record and Developmental Dynamics


Photo Credit: Elliot Dunnwald

Important Information


Submission Deadline: September 6, 2022 (to be considered for an oral presentation)

Submission Deadline: September 19, 2022 (to be presented as a poster only)

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Pre-registration Deadline: September 28, 2022

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