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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

Plexus 2022 Issue 1: Now online
Dear reader, The latest issue of Plexus (2022 - Issue 1) 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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Obituary: Professor Yuri Chaikovsky
The Scientific Society of Anatomists, Histologists, Embryologists and Topographers of Ukraine mourn the demise of Professor Yuri Chaikovsky, Head of the Histology and Embryology Department at the National Medical University, who died on March 3, 2022, at the age of 71. Professor Chaikovsky was an Ho...
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Obituary: Prof. Sergio Morini, MD
The Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology mourns the sudden death of its member, Professor Sergio Morini, who died on 16 March 2022. Prof. Morini was born in Milan in 1958. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 at Sapienza University of Rome and specialized in Sports Medicine in 1989 at th...
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IFAA Emergent Anatomists Incentive Award: Deadline extended to 31st March 2022
Dear Anatomists, As part of the IFAA President's Emergent Anatomist Programme, IFAA will support the participation of a number of emergent anatomists to the IFAA 2022 Congress. An emergent anatomist is an individual who holds an academic position in anatomy for less than ten years and if in an acade...
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Message from the Executive Board of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) on the invasion of the Ukraine
The recent invasion of the Ukraine is tragically unfolding before us. The Executive of the IFAA joins people of the globe in yearning for peace and an end to hostility as befits international scientists working without borders for the betterment of humanity. ...
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FICSP Webinar on Publishing in Anatomy Journals: Recording now online
We would like to thank all attendees for participating in our 1st FICSP Webinar "Publishing About Anatomical Variations". The recording may now be downloaded here: Recording of 1st FICSP Webinar: Publishing About Anatomical Variations. Chair: Professor Gulgun Sengul Speakers: Professor Valéria Paul...
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Committees and Programmes


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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