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Conference Themes:

Clinical imaging

Vascular/Intra-vital Imaging

The Anatomy of Cancer

New Frontiers

Biomaterials and Bio-mimetics

Comparative Anatomy

General Anatomy


Civic Engagement/Outreach

Clinical/Gross Anatomy


Final Programme:

TUESDAY 27th June 2017

9:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00-10:30 Prof Dockery,

Prof Stefan Przyborski

Prof. Philip Brauer

SESSION 1: The Anatomy of Cancer
10:30-11.00 Prof. Kimberly Topp

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Human Survivors of Cancer
11.00-11:15 Dr Gerard W. O’Keeffe From Neurons to Neuroblastoma: The developmental biology of a childhood cancer.
11:15-11:30 Ms Barbara Hughes Endometrial and Cervical Cancers – How Do They Affect the Functional Morphology of the Uterine Tube?
SESSION 2: New Frontiers
12:00-12:30 Dr. Eleanor Coffey Harnessing light control of kinase activity to regulate neuronal function in rodent neurons
12.30-1:00 Dr. Xiangmin Xu

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Non-canonical hippocampal circuit organization and functional.
1:00-1:15 Dr Dearbhaile Dooley Alkylating Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor Treatment in Rodent Models of MPO-ANCA Vasculitis
1:15-1:30 Prof Anna Lysakowski Inner ear mitochondria exhibit structural features that differ between hair cells, afferents and efferents

2:00-2:30 Poster Session 1 (Theme: Biomaterials & Bio-mimetics, Clinical Imaging, and Comparative Anatomy)

SESSION 3: Clinical/Gross Anatomy
2:30 – 3:00 Prof. Calvin Coffey Mesentery: structure, function, and role in disease.
3:00 – 3:30 Prof. Kenneth Bo Foreman

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Using Motion Capture, Virtual Reality, and 3D Fluoroscopy for Clinical Reasoning and Rehabilitation
3:30 – 3:45 Ms  Aisling O’Malley


A cadaveric study of aortic arch branching pattern in an Irish population.
3:45 – 4:00 Dr. Alanna Stanley Analysis of Dermal Composition of the Breast and Donor Sites to Determine Suitability for Autologous Breast Reconstruction
SESSION 4: Education/Outreach Flash Talks
4:00-4:05 Dr Szabolcs Felszeghy Turning to the “Cloud” in histology education
4:05-4:10 Mr Ben Evans Mapping medical school anatomy learning outcomes against the core anatomical syllabus to gauge anatomical knowledge: Medical students’ perspective
4:10-4:15 Ms Catherine Hennessy Social Media use within medical education: A systematic review to develop a pilot questionnaire on how social media can be best used at BSMS
4:15-4:20 Dr Suvi Viranta-kovanen Medical students favoring active learning methods seem to prefer to integrate ultrasound anatomy in to the preclinical curriculum
4:20-4:25 Dr Eva Sweeney The use of a Padlet® for the distribution and sharing of anatomy mnemonics among medical students.
4:25-4:30 Mr Euan Haynes Do postgraduate Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery learning outcomes compare with those in the undergraduate core anatomy syllabus? A review of the two syllabi.
4:30-6:30 Poster Session 2 (Theme: Education, General Anatomy, and New Frontiers)
5:00 – 6:30 Mr. Alexander Black: The History of Anatomy in Galway

Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre (Limited capacity)

SESSION 4: PLENARY Professor Turlough Fitzgerald Memorial Lecture
6:30-7:30 Prof. John Aplin Implantation and early pregnancy: from laboratory models to basic mechanism to clinical translation
7:30 Welcome Reception

Venue: Sult, NUI Galway


Venue: Massimo’s, William Street, Galway


WEDNESDAY 28th June 2017

SESSION 5: Education/Outreach/Civic Engagement 1
9:00-9:30 Dr. Susan Anderson Engaging student learning at School, University and internationally using microscopy
9:30-10:00 Prof. Michael Hortsch

AAA Sponsored Speaker

E-Learning Resources for the Anatomical Sciences – What Does It Take to Make Them Work?
10:00-10:15 Dr Claire Smith The impact of the Anatomical Society core syllabus in gross anatomy
10:15-10:30 Dr Katherine Sanders Learning through dissection: a student perspective on the transition from formalin to Thiel-embalmed cadaveric material
10:30-10:45 Dr Adam  Taylor A survey of the anatomical knowledge of the general public; a tool for public engagement and student education.
SESSION 6: Comparative Anatomy Sponsored by Anatomical Record
11:15-11:45 Prof. Margaret McNulty

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Comparative anatomy as it relates to basic science research
11:45– 12:15 Prof. Emiliano Bruner Digital anatomy and computed morphometrics: old questions and new problems
12:15– 12:30 Mr. Alessandro Felder Comparative anatomy of the intertrabecular angle in mammalian femora
12:30-12:40 Industry Talk: 3D4Medical
12:40-12:50 Industry Talk: Rockford Healthcare

1:00-1:30 Poster Session 3 (Theme: Anatomy of Cancer, Vascular/Intravital Imaging, and Clinical Gross Anatomy)

SESSION 7: Clinical Imaging
1:45 – 2:15 Dr. Brian Metscher Fantastic Beasts and How to Image Them


2:15- 2:45 Prof. Kurt H Albertine

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Testing long-term neurodevelopment following preterm birth and prolonged respiratory support, using preterm lambs
2:45 – 3:00 Prof. Alan Boyde Qualitative studies of the calcified tissues in the lumbar vertebral body of the ageing human.
3:00 – 3:15 Ms Fiona Martyn Alcohol use is Associated with Reduced Anterior Cingulate Cortex Thickness in Bipolar Disorder and Healthy Participants’
SESSION 8: Vascular/Intravital Imaging Sponsored by Anatomical Record
3:35 – 4:05 Prof. Martin Leahy In vivo optical imaging of structure and function
4:05- 4:35 Prof. Sabine Koelle In vivo imaging in the male and female genital tract
4:35 – 4:50 Mr. Kai Neuhaus Simultaneous en-face imaging of a human fingertip using multiple reference optical coherence tomography.
4:50-5:00 Break
Session 9: General
5:00 – 5:30 Prof. John Milton Lucocq Sensing the morphome and the future of nanoscale morphomics
5:30- 5:45 Dr Llwyd Orton


Peri-vascular and glia limitans GFAP+ astrocytes are upregulated in guinea pig inferior colliculus at hearing loss onset and downregulated in late stage presbycusis


5:45 – 6:00 Dr Stefaan Verbruggen


The effect of human fetal movements on the development of hip dysplasia



Venue: Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Galway


THURSDAY 29th June 2017

SESSION 10: Education/Outreach/Civic Engagement 2
9:30 – 10:00 Dr. Ian McGilvary From Video Atlas to Virtual Reality – Anatomy in Every Dimension
10:00– 10:15 Ms Sonya E. Van Nuland


The Skeletons in Our Closet: E-Learning tools and what happens when one side doesn’t fit all
10:15 –10:30 Mr Waheed-Ul-Rahman Ahmed Usage and Preferential Features of E-Resources for Anatomy Learning: The Student-Perspective
10:30 –10:45 Dr Wojciech Pawlina Transition from educational to healthcare environment: Emphasizing nontraditional discipline independent skills in the anatomy course.
10:45 -11:00 Prof Anette Wu


Internationalisation of Medical Education: Fostering Early Student Collaborations during the Anatomy Courses between Medical Students in the USA, Germany and Japan


11:00 –11:15 Prof David Morton


Flipped Classroom at the University of Utah School of Medicine: Hammers, Trumpets, Basketball, Socrates and Guacamole
11:15 – 11:30 Prof Margaret McNulty Superficial Learning Is Associated with Decreased Performance in a Professional Veterinary Anatomy Curriculum
SESSION 11: Biomaterials and Biomimetics
12:15 –12:45 Dr. Rick Sumner

AAA Sponsored Speaker

Bone implant fixation: novel approaches for improving and imaging.
12:45 –1:00 Dr. Fiona Freeman Tuning alginate bioinks to modulate their printability and stiffness in order to spatially direct MSC fate within bioprinted tissues.
1:00– 1:15 Ms Laura Gallagher An Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Modified with RGD to Enhance Stem Cell Delivery to the Infarcted Heart.
1:15 – 1:45 Prof Laoise McNamara Close to the bone: Engineering research into the biology of Osteoporosis