Message from the Portuguese Anatomical Society (SAP|AAP) and the IFAA

The Portuguese Anatomical Society (AAP/SAP) and the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) mourn the demise of Emeritus Professor José António Esperança Pina, who died on 21 October of 2020. Professor Esperança Pina was Professor and Chairman of Anatomy and of Deontology, Bioethics and Medical Law at the NOVA Medical School / Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, NOVA University of Lisbon, Professor and Chairman of Forensic Medicine and Medical Law at the Law School of the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon. Among other positions he held, he was President of the Installer Commission of the Faculty of Medical Sciences / NOVA Medical School of the NOVA University of Lisbon (1977-1980); President of the National Council of Teaching and Medical Education of the Order of Physicians (1978-1980); President of the Scientific Council of Health Sciences of INIC (1979-1991); Member of the National Council of Higher Education (1979-1982); Vice-Rector of the NOVA University of Lisbon (1980-1982); Rector of the NOVA University of Lisbon (1982-1991); Representative of Portugal at the European Medical Research Council of the European Science Foundation (1982-1991); President of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (1987-1989); President of the Council for Social Action on Higher Education (1989-1991); Member of the Standing Committee of the Superior Council of Science and Technology (1987-1989); Member of the National Council of Education (1988-1991); Representative of Portugal in the steering group of the OECD IMHE programme (1980-1998); President of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA) (1994-1999); President of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the NOVA University of Lisbon (1994-2002); Member of the National Council of Deontology and Ethics of the Order of Physicians and Rapporteur of the Code of Ethics (2005-2008); Dean Professor, NOVA Medical School / Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, NOVA University of Lisbon (1977-2008); Dean Professor of the NOVA University of Lisbon (2003-2008); Emeritus Professor, NOVA Medical School / Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, NOVA University of Lisbon (14.06.2008). Professor José António Esperança Pina was Honorary Secretary General of the International Committee of Symposia on Morphological Sciences (ICSMS). From March 2015 and until his death he was a member of the Fifth Mandate of the National Council of Ethics for Life Sciences, by designation of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences.

He has held and collaborated in 623 lectures, plenary lectures, round tables, symposia and oral presentations, published 154 scientific, pedagogical and artistic anatomy papers, and 20 scientific and didactic books, with several editions.

He was an Effective Member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Chair C29); Full Academic of the National Academy of Medicine of Portugal and the Portuguese Academy of Dental Medicine.

He was graced with the Legion of Honor of France in 1984, the Order of Public Instruction of Portugal (Grand Officer) in 1985, the Military Order of Santiago de Espada of Portugal (Grand Officer) in 1988 and the Order of Public Instruction of Portugal (Grâ-Cruz) in 2017.

The International Federation of Associations of Anatomists and the Portuguese Anatomical Society will honor Professor Esperança Pina’s memory.

He will be sorely missed.

Message from the Anatomische Gesellschaft

The Anatomische Gesellschaft mourns the passing of its highly esteemed member Professor Emeritus Karl Zilles, who died on 26 April 2020 after a long and serious illness. Karl Zilles was director of the Institute of Anatomy at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf for many years, later of the Institute of Neurosciences and Biophysics and finally of the Institute of Neurosciences and Medicine at Forschungszentrum Jülich. He headed the C. and O. Vogt Institute for Brain Research at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf for many years and was thus the second head of the institute after the two eponymes, whose great tradition he revived. In addition to many other tasks, he also held the presidency of the European Federation of Experimental Morphology (EFEM) for a period of office and was a member of the board of the Anatomische Gesellschaft from 1993-1997 and its president from 1996-1997.

In order to give everyone the opportunity to say goodbye in these special times, Katrin Amunts, as a close confidante and student of Karl Zilles, has set up a digital book of condolence so that friends, colleagues and companions have the opportunity to commemorate Karl Zilles – with words, pictures or a candle. It can be accessed via the following link: https://trauer.op-online.de/traueranzeige/profdrmeddrmed-hc-karl-zilles 

The Anatomische Gesellschaft will honour Karl Zilles’ memory.

The Proceedings of the 19th IFAA Congress (London 2019) have been published

Proceedings of the 19th IFAA Congress, 9th-11th August 2019, London, UK

Abstracts of the presentations made at the 19th IFAA Congress have now been published in the Journal of Anatomy.  They are available Open Access online (Volume 236, supplement1) and can be accessed via Wiley Online Library (WOL) or directly via:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14697580/20​20/236/S1

Professor D. Ceri Davies 
President of the 19th IFAA Congress.

Congress Announcement: Congreso de Anatomía del Cono Sur

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During the 4th, 5th and 6th of October 2018, in the city of Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile, the Chilean Society of Anatomy will organize the “XX Congreso de Anatomía del Cono Sur (XX Congress of Anatomy of the Southern Cone)”, contemplating the participation of anatomists and morphologists from all over the Americas. The Congress will be chaired by Dr. Nicolás E. Ottone (UFRO).

Next to this event, and sponsored by the Pan American Association of Anatomy, will be held the “XVI Ibero-Latin American Symposium on Anatomical – Histological – Embryological Terminology” (XVI SILAT), which will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Mariano del Sol (UFRO). This XVI SILAT will be of great historical relevance, since it will be held in homage to Prof. Dr. Rolando Cruz Gutiérrez.

In addition, the XII Jornadas Chilenas de Anatomía and IV Regional Meeting of Morphology will be held.

A great diversity of lectures and round tables will be organized, seeking the application of Anatomy in research and teaching in Morphological Sciences in general, as well as in the different specialties of Health Sciences. Courses will also be organized, led by renowned academics.