Dear Colleague,

The Anatomical Society would like to invite you to join us at the 19th IFAA Congress, returning to the great city of London from 9-11th August 2019, after 34 years since it was last held here in 1985!

This international congress held every 5 years will gather anatomists from around the world to debate and generate vibrant discussion on anatomical research, teaching and many other matters of importance to our discipline. Several leading companies will be exhibiting and demonstrating their latest products.

The congress offers a stimulating and varied programme including excellent plenary lectures and a range of symposia that span the breadth of activities in the anatomical sciences. These will include symposia on human and animal morphology, clinical and developmental anatomy, neuroscience, tissue engineering education and art in anatomy to name but a few. The conference centre can accommodate a number of parallel sessions, so participants will be able to tailor their programme and attend the sessions that interest them most.



We are grateful to receive the contribution of an excellent line-up of internationally renowned plenary speakers. Read more below about two of the plenary lectures:

Transmitter receptor fingerprints in the cerebral cortex of human, primate and rodent brains reveal regional homologies and functional networks

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Karl Zilles

Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine INM-1, Research Centre Julich, Germany

Transmitter receptors are key molecules for information processing in the brain. They define the effects of transmitters as excitatory or inhibitory, and are heterogeneously expressed in the different regions the cerebral cortex. It will be demonstrated that the expression of multiple receptors for all major transmitter systems, i.e. glutamate, GABA, acetylcholine, dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin, in each cortical area (“receptor fingerprint“) characterizes the structural differentiation of the cerebral cortex. It enables the identification of the primary sensory versus higher unimodal, multimodal (association), and motor areas throughout various human, primate and rodent brains. Therefore, receptor mapping provides a valuable tool not only for cortical parcellation, but also for the analysis of evolutionary trends and homologies of cortical areas in various mammalian brains. Fingerprints are also unique for functional systems (visual, language, grasping, etc.), and thus, are markers of functional-structural aspects of cortical organization.

Art & Anatomy

Prof. Clive Lee MD, PhD, ScD, FRCSI, FRCSEd, CEng, FIEI, HRHA, HonFTCD, HonFAS

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts, Dublin, Ireland.

Artists create and anatomists dissect. We anatomise, or cut open and separate, the parts of the body in order to understand its structure. Yet both artists and anatomists see and observe, both professions require manual dexterity and the histories of both are closely intertwined. This lecture will trace the interactions of art and anatomy, from 8,000 year old Australian cave paintings, via terracotta warriors in China, and Greco-Roman statues, to the Renaissance and modern times.  It will discuss the use of illustrations in anatomy teaching, from the invention of the printing press to 3D computer graphics. It will explore the role of anatomy in the development of art academies, consider the real and the ideal in painting and sculpture, and speculate on how art and anatomy can interact in the future.



Have the chance to present your research as a short talk or poster and be published in the renowned Journal of Anatomy, as well as listening to the latest research from around the world. Make sure to submit your abstract before the submission deadline on the 22nd April 2019 at 23:59 (GMT).



The IFAA Executive Board is making a limited amount of funding available which will allow for the payment of the registration of 20 individuals, i.e. ten emergent anatomists and ten postgraduate (PhD) students from low- and some lower middle-income countries to attend IFAA 2019. Please click here to check the qualification criteria.

Applications for this incentive must reach the panel before 28th February 2019. Applicants can only apply via the President of their own Association. Applications must be emailed to the president of IFAA (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) for screening by a panel.



For more information and to register for IFAA 2019, please click here.

Take advantage of the Early Bird rates, available until 22nd April 2019 at 23:59 (GMT).

 If you have any questions or require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the IFAA Congress Team.

Kind Regards,

The IFAA Congress Team


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We look forward to seeing you there!