Meet Anatomical Sciences Education’s New Associate Editor

By Sheryll Poe

This article was originally published in the June 2, 2021 edition of the Anatomy Now newsletter.

PatherDr. Nalini Pather has been chosen as the new Associate Editor for Anatomical Sciences Education journal. She has served on the ASE editorial board since 2014. Pather is currently Chair of Anatomy at the University of New South Wales, Faculty of Medicine and Health in Sydney, Australia. 

As Associate Editor, Pather will draw on her more than 25 years’ experience in design and implementation of educational innovation in medicine and health science programs in a number of countries, including South Africa, North America and the UK. She is deeply involved in e-learning technologies and chairs the Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching (TELT) research group, which studies anatomical applications and imaging technology in clinical practice and education. 
Pather completed her PhD in cell biology and wound healing at Wits University in South Africa in 2009. “Wound healing brings everything together in one place,” she said in an interview with the Anatomy Education Podcast. “So it’s anatomy at a different level, with histology, pharmacology, inflammation, pathology. It was just a great PhD to have done.” 

Pather is active in anatomical education in both South Africa and Australia. She received a Wits Alumni Diaspora Fellowship, a program funded by the Carnegie Corporation to boost postgraduate training and research, and to encourage alumni with strong research experience to ‘return home’ for short periods of time. At the University of New South Wales, she has been recognized as Scientia Education Academy Fellow and is chair of the Diversity & Inclusivity Committee. 

On the international stage, Pather was appointed International Chair of the International Program for Anatomical Education (FIPAE) in 2020, a program of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) and has served as the Co-Editor of Plexus. 

Pather began her tenure as ASE Associate Editor on June 1.