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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

Announcement of the IFAA Emergent Anatomists Awards (Registration) for the IFAA2024 Congress in Korea
The International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) Executive Board will again support ‘Emergent Anatomists’ (academic staff and postgraduate students) to attend designated IFAA Congresses. In order to support emergent anatomists attending such Congresses, an “early bird” regis...
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Webinar: Virtual histology through diffusion-weighted advanced magnetic resonance imaging: imaging brain microstructure across the lifespan (IFAA PEAP)
OFAA President's Emergent Anatomists Programme is pleased to present a webinar on "Virtual histology through diffusion-weighted advanced magnetic resonance imaging: imaging brain microstructure across the lifespan" Dr Silvia de SantisDate: 30 October 2023Time: 10h00 UTC Please register for the webin...
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World Anatomy Day 2023
October 15th, 2023. Contact your local society for events....
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FICSP Webinar on Data Integrity and Ethical Publishing Behavior in the Anatomical Sciences
The recording of the 4th FICSP webinar on "Data Integrity and Ethical Publishing Behavior in the Anatomical Sciences" is now available and can be viewed below. Chair: Professor Gulgun SengulSpeaker: Heather F. Smith June 23, 2023; 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm (CEST)...
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Reminder: First Symposium of IFAA 2023 Festival of Anatomical Education on June 21, 2023, 21:00h UTC
The first symposium of the 2023 Festival of Anatomical Education will take place on June 21, 2023 at 21:00 UTC. Please use the link in the image below to register....
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Save the Dates: IFAA 2023 Festival of Anatomical Education
Join anatomists from across the globe at the IFAA 2023 Festival of Anatomical Education to Connect, Share and Learn. We will discuss key topics impacting the future of anatomy education and hear from colleagues with diverse experience and expertise. The festival is delivered fully online – join fr...
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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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