Anatomical Research (FICAR)

About FICAR

The Federative International Committee for Research is a standing committee of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. The FICAR was established to help promote scholarly activities among anatomists and anatomical societies, serve as a forum to discuss the progress and direction of anatomical research as it pertains to improving patient care and medical education, as well as to foster new research ideas and disseminate knowledge.

Goal

  • To promote and encourage scholarly activities
  • To discuss the progress of ongoing research projects among societies.
  • To discuss and propose new research protocols.

The FIRC identifies and responds to the needs of the Anatomical Societies by:

  1. Improving forums for scientists to present their work
  2. stimulating young investigators to present their work, and promoting them within the individual societies;
  3. Developing and implementing mentorship programs
  4. Informing members about research training opportunities
  5. Informing members about prominent published anatomical research
  6. Recognizing outstanding researchers
  7. Conducting literature reviews on best practices for disseminating new research
  8. Exploring new options for supporting the dissemination of research methods and career development

Officers

Chair

Marios Loukas
St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies

Members

Nihal Apaydin Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Rafael De Caro Università di Padova Medical School, Padova, Italy
Daisy Sahni Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
Jacques Gilloteaux St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada
Nirusha Lachman Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Horia Muresian University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
Konstantinos Natsis Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
Jose Sanudo Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Robert J. Spinner Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Albert van Schoor University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
R. Shane Tubbs Seattle Science Foundation, Seattle, USA
Jerzy A. Walocha Collegium Medicum Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
Ming Zhang University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

 

FICAR 5-year strategic plan

REMIT

Mission: 

To develop, expand, disseminate, promote and improve anatomical research and scholarly activity among scientists, educators, clinicians and students.

Vision:

The FICAR’s vision is to help promote scholarly activities among anatomists and anatomical societies, serve as a forum to discuss the progress and direction of anatomical research as it pertains to improvement of patient care and medical education, as well as to foster new research ideas and collaborations and disseminate knowledge to scientists, educators, clinicians and students.

 

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Education and Career Development

 Aim: Inform members about research training opportunities and mentorship programs in the anatomical sciences.

Method: Introduce, through formal collaboration with society members, appropriate forums for students, scientists, clinicians and educators to discuss training opportunities and mentorship programs available worldwide. Initiate collaborative programs for faculty development among society members.

 

Aim: Stimulate young investigators to be involved with anatomical research and give directions as to how to publish and present their work.

Methods: Improving forums and stimulate young scientists to present their work and promote them within the individual societies.

 

 

Dissemination, Promotion, Recognition and Publicity of Anatomical Research

Aim: Enhance, promote and encourage the dissemination of prominent anatomical research and scholarly publications.

Methods: Monitor anatomical research publications and identify hot topics of interest that will be shared among society members.

 

Aim: Recognize outstanding researchers in the anatomical sciences

Methods: Collaborate with society members to nominate outstanding researchers to leadership roles within FICAR and also regarding significant contributions to the anatomical field.

 

Aim: Provide recommendations about the types of national, regional and international anatomical meetings with respects to research presentations.

Methods: Develop a forum to which students, scientists, clinicians and educators can discuss, recommend and guide about the type of anatomical meetings are available around the globe and the type of research that individuals could present.

 

 

Publication of Best Practices and Research Protocols

Aim: Discuss and propose new research protocols and best practices.

Method: Introduce, through formal collaboration with society members, appropriate forums for students, scientists, clinicians and educators to discuss new research protocols and best practices. Publish reviews on best practices for disseminating new research methods, in the anatomical sciences such as ethics, cadaver use, animal use, etc.