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The IFAA is committed to developing guidelines to support equality and diversity. The Federation, and its member associations, do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, colour, national origin or religion. The Federation is further committed to learning from the past to ensure that the future is more equitable. We encourage open dialogue on matters of equality and diversity in order to enable a future without bigotry or prejudice for all anatomists and all others who have cause to use the anatomical sciences.

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Highlighted Events

Anatomy Education Festival Final Symposium
Links to join the final symposium of this year! Attend the closing Anatomy Education Symposium on 15 December 2021. The symposium has two different sessions spread across the day to accommodate a few time zones. We would be delighted if you would join us for one or both. To join: Session 1 @ 4.00UTC...
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Next IFAA Congress: Istanbul / Turkey 2022
The 20th Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomistswill be held in Istanbul, Turkey, entirely ONLINE - 5th – 7th August 2022.  The 20th IFAA Congress (ifaa2022.org) Registration and abstract submission is now OPEN.Early bird registration deadline: 22nd April 2022A...
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Recent and Upcoming Activities

2021 Annual Reports from the IFAA Treasurer, College of Representatives and Federative International Programmes and Committees and other Portfolio holders
Treasurer’s report: Tom Gest As of January 9, 2022, the IFAA banking account had $40,103.17, an increase from $34,768.65, which was the balance of the IFAA account in November 2020.  We have established a business banking account at Chase Bank and closed the previous IFAA account at Trustmark. Th...
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Anatomy Education Festival Final Symposium
Links to join the final symposium of this year! Attend the closing Anatomy Education Symposium on 15 December 2021. The symposium has two different sessions spread across the day to accommodate a few time zones. We would be delighted if you would join us for one or both. To join: Session 1 @ 4.00UTC...
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Public dissection of a body donor
As members of an international anatomical ethics committee (FICEM of IFAA), we strongly condemn the recent public dissection of a body donor in the United States (reference). This disrespectful and unethical use of this deceased individual for the entertainment of the paying public is reprehensible....
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IFAA Statement on COVID-19 and body Donors
Human dissection has long been the ‘gold standard’ for teaching and research in the anatomical sciences. Anatomists rely on the altruism of individuals to donate their bodies so that health sciences professionals in training can continue to be privileged by experiencing the structural details of...
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IFAA President's Emergent Anatomists Programme
The IFAA President's Emergent Antomists Programme will be hosting a Workshop for Emergent Anatomists* on Introduction to Scientific Writing. Date: Wednesday 25th AugustTime: 11h00-14h00 (GMT+2) Register early to ensure you book your place!...
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Message from the Portuguese Anatomical Society (SAP|AAP) and the IFAA
The Portuguese Anatomical Society (AAP/SAP) and the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) mourn the demise of Emeritus Professor José António Esperança Pina, who died on 21 October of 2020. Professor Esperança Pina was Professor and Chairman of Anatomy and of Deontology, ...
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Committees and Programmes

PLEXUS

PLEXUS is the newsletter of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. View the latest and all previous PLEXUS issues online.

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About the IFAA

The International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA), which was established in 1903, is the professional domicile of Associations of Anatomy from around the globe (please also read our About-page for additional information and narrated slides).  It seeks to stimulate friendship and cooperation among members of associations of anatomists and encourages scientific, technological, educational and administrative exchanges among anatomists worldwide.  The IFAA provides a platform for strong scientific debate, advancement of teaching and biomedical research in the anatomical disciplines and a venue, through its programmes and committees, for discussions on the development of core syllabuses, educational and biomedical research, ethics, equality and diversity in the anatomical sciences and other relevant issues. The Federation also coordinates and supports the preparation, revision and publication of documents on the terminology of the anatomical sciences and promotes international scientific congresses and other meetings of anatomical and morphological sciences.

Human health and disease have become more complex over the last millennium.  Many of the crucial discoveries and innovations in relation to health have, as their basis, the foundations of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry.  The anatomical sciences, which include cell biology, histology, morphology (including clinical anatomy), neurosciences, developmental biology, oral biology, veterinary sciences, physical anthropology and other allied disciplines, are now more relevant than ever before, not only as the foundation for knowledge of the clinical sciences, but also for production of high-quality biomedical research.

The vision of the IFAA is to generate vibrant scientific exchange and development between its member Associations in all areas of the anatomical sciences.

As our mission, we seek to encourage the growth of teaching and research in all fields of anatomy, maintain high standards and ethical values in the use of human bodies for teaching and research, and develop policies in support of the discipline of anatomy.

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International Federation of Associations of Anatomists

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