ASSA 2017

Dear Colleagues

As Chairperson of the Organising Committee, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 45th Annual Conference of ASSA at Club Mykonos near Cape Town, South Africa.

This year’s conference will draw attendance from our colleagues involved in teaching and research in the field of Anatomy in the broadest of senses. The topics that we will be covering include clinical and applied anatomy, histology and cell biology, developmental embryology, biological and forensic anthropology, comparative anatomy, structure and function, medical education, anatomical techniques, to name only the main themes.

There is an interesting revival taking place in Medical Education that is reminiscent of Renaissance philosophy, whereby educationalists are looking at the blending of Science and Humanities, in this case, creativity and art. For this reason, we will be hosting workshops and offering presentations about the role of art in Anatomy. Along with our colleagues at Elsevier, we are thrilled to be hosting Dr Carlos Machado at our conference whom you all know as the current medical illustrator for the famous collection of Netter’s atlases. We hope that this fresh theme for ASSA will be an enjoyable one and will provide opportunities for us to exchange ideas on technology that is becoming available and best educational practices.

During the weekend leading up to the start of the conference we will be offering seminars that will cater to the needs of our colleagues in the various Interest Groups of ASSA, as well as a workshop that centres on the plastination of anatomical specimens. The main component of the conference then runs from the Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon, and an overview of the programme is available on the web site. This conference is an excellent opportunity for you to meet with our colleagues involved in similar fields, share views, and create an opportunity for networking, collaboration, sharing of technical information and the building of trust relationships. As always, we extend a warm welcome to all our sponsors who share our interest in improving our teaching and research.

The beautiful resort of Club Mykonos lies on the West Coast outside Cape Town and has been recently extensively upgraded as a conference and holiday venue. Everything that you need for the duration of the meeting is on site. The relatively informal conference dinner on Tuesday evening will have a marine theme. The reason why we decided on these specific dates for our conference is to enable you to stay on in Cape Town for the long weekend that follows on our meeting, if that idea appeals to you.

I am looking forward to meeting you all in the Western Cape in April, 2017 at what promises to be a most stimulating and enjoyable event!

Graham Louw

Chair: Organising Committee of ASSA 2017