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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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News and Activities

IFAA 2024 Congress in Gwangju, Korea
The 21st Congress of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists will be held in Gwangju, Korea, from September 5 to 8, 2024. The online registration and abstract submission will be open in mid 2023 via the official website. For detailed information on the IFAA 2024, please visit the ...
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FICSP Webinar on Research And Publishing in Radiological Anatomy - Recording now available
We would like to thank all attendees for participating in our 3rd FICSP Webinar "Research And Publishing in Radiological Anatomy". The recording may now be downloaded here: Recording of 3rd FICSP Webinar. Speakers: Professor Veronica Macchi (Associate Editor, Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy and Euro...
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Plexus 2022 Issue 2: Now online
Dear reader, The latest issue of Plexus (2022 - Issue 2) has now been published. You may download the PDF from our website. This and all previous Plexus issues are available on the "Plexus" page on our website....
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Report of the Federative International Programme on Anatomical Terminologies (FIPAT)
As of August 2019, the following have occurred within the FIPAT (http://ifaa.net/committees/anatomical-terminology-fipat/): Terminologia Anatomica 2nd edition was approved and is now published online (https://fipat.library.dal.ca/TA2/ ) Per referendum, the use of Regular Anatomical Terms (RAT) is no...
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FIPAR Report 2019-2022
FIPAR membership We have arranged new membership of the FIPAR, there are 12 members in 2019. FIPAR Zoom meetings in 2021 FIPAR organized webinars three times (April, October, December 2021), gathering around 50-100 every time all around world. New topics for Webinar Announce all the executive commit...
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IFAA Federative International Program for Anatomical Education (FIPAE): 2022 August Report
The FIPAE goals for 2021-2022 are: Prioritise activities for 2022 Finalise program of IFAA 2022 Further develop FIPAE webpage and a tool for collaboration Develop survey to Anatomy Program Directors The following deliverables were achieved since the last report: Anatomy Festival from 15 October to 1...
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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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