Federative International Committee for Anatomical Research (FICAR)



Marios Loukas
St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies


Nihal Apaydin
Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Rafael De Caro
Università di Padova Medical School, Padova, Italy

Daisy Sahni
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Jacques Gilloteaux
St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada

Nirusha Lachman
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Horia Muresian
University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Konstantinos Natsis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Jose Sanudo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Robert J. Spinner
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Albert van Schoor
University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

R. Shane Tubbs
Seattle Science Foundation, Seattle, USA

Jerzy A. Walocha
Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Ming Zhang
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand


The Federative International Committee for Research is a standing committee of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. The FICAR was established to help promote scholarly activities among anatomists and anatomical societies, serve as a forum to discuss the progress and direction of anatomical research as it pertains to improving patient care and medical education, as well as to foster new research ideas and disseminate knowledge.


  • To promote and encourage scholarly activities
  • To discuss the progress of ongoing research projects among societies.
  • To discuss and propose new research protocols.

The FIRC identifies and responds to the needs of the Anatomical Societies by:

  1. Improving forums for scientists to present their work
  2. stimulating young investigators to present their work, and promoting them within the individual societies;
  3. Developing and implementing mentorship programs
  4. Informing members about research training opportunities
  5. Informing members about prominent published anatomical research
  6. Recognizing outstanding researchers
  7. Conducting literature reviews on best practices for disseminating new research
  8. Exploring new options for supporting the dissemination of research methods and career development 


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