ATTSU success at anatomy conference

Claudio Corvalan Diaz, Cynthia Tang and President of AIAS, Dr Marcus Robinson

ATTSU Presenters: Claudio Corvalan Diaz, Cynthia Tang and President of AIAS, Dr Marcus Robinson

Representatives from the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology's Anatomy Teaching and Technical Support Unit (ATTSU) attended the 14th annual Australasian Institute of Anatomical Sciences (AIAS) Conference on the 11th and 12th of December, 2014. This year's annual conference was held at the University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Those who attended from ATTSU were Dr Marcus Robinson (President of the AIAS), Nabil El Massri, Dr Claudio Corvalan Diaz, Pamela Bascunan and Cynthia Tang.

The team presented three posters and two oral presentations.


    Anatomical findings of sesamoid bones of the knee (Fabella and Cyamella)
    Authors: Claudio Corvalan Diaz, Cynthia Tang, Marcus Robinson

  • A new method for brain extraction retaining all cranial nerves
    Authors: Marcus Robinson, Longping Liu and Robin Arnold

  • Introducing an easy technique for exposing the ciliary ganglion in head prosections
    Authors: Longping Liu, Robin Arnold and Marcus Robinson


  • Application of suture techniques and ultrasonography in the preparation and maintenance of specimens for anatomy teaching
    Presenter: Dr Claudio Corvalan Diaz

  • The anterolateral ligament: Variation of ligament origin and position of insertion
    Presenter: Cynthia Tang

Congratulations go out to Dr Marcus Robinson, who was re-elected as President of the Australasian Institute of Anatomical Sciences for the third time running.

2014 Honours Awards

The annual Honours Awards for 2014 was held at 10:30am in the Anderson Stuart common room on Thursday the 13th of November. Students are judged on presentations they have made of their Honours research projects.


Nathan Fiore, Tammy So, Zeynab Alshelh, Rani Masri, Thomas Grundy

Nathan Fiore Dreher Prize for Outstanding performance in research
Tammy So Stone prize for Novelty in research
Zeynab Alshelh Grafton Elliot Smith Memorial Prize for Proficiency in anatomy
Rani Masri McAvoy prize for Best overall performance
Thomas Grundy HOD prize for Best research presentation

The awards serve to recognise and encourage the efforts of Anatomy students undertaking research projects. The Discipline congratulates the winners and thanks all participants and organisers for their efforts.

Prosectors Competition, and Workshop - APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31st OF OCTOBER, 2014


The Prosectors Competition gives an opportunity for experienced students to have their skills recognised whilst contributing back to the Wilson Museum. The students produce an original prosection (of anatomical or clinical importance) over a period of four weeks. The goal is to create a prosection that may be worthy of inclusion in the Wilson Museum.

The Prosectors Workshop provides an opportunity for students with limited or no experience to produce a prosection that can be used as an undergraduate teaching specimen. Students receive technical advice from experienced anatomy staff.

Applications close on the 31st of October, 2014. Applicants should visit the dissection opportunities webpage for more information.

Professor Emeritus awarded to Bogdan Dreher and Cris Dos Remedios

At the end of 2013 both Professor Bogdan Dreher and Professor Cris dos Remedios officially retired from the department. Head of Department Kevin Keay is pleased to announce that both have been appointed as Professors Emeritus to the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology in recognition of their tremendous and sustained contributions and their intentions to continue these contributions into the near future. The Discipline welcomes back Bogdan and Cris!

Photo portrait: Bogdan Dreher, Cris Remedios

Professors Emeritus

Order of Australia awarded to Professor George Ramsey-Stewart

photo portrait of Professor George Ramsey-Stewart standing in front of lead light windows

"For service to surgical education"

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology congratulates Professor George Ramsey-Stewart for his recent Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia (OAM). He has worked tirelessly as Professor of Surgical Anatomy at the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology since 2007 and as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Central Clinical School since 1995. Professor Ramsey-Stewart is also an Emeritus Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The OAM is awarded "for achievement or for meritorious service". Professor Ramsey-Stewart's OAM was in recognition for his long and valuable contribution to the teaching of surgery in Australia. He has has educated students with skills that are recognised internationally.

- Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, since 1968
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England
- Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh UK

Professor Ramsey-Stewart is an avowed advocate of dissection in medical teaching, his effort and passion have lead to the creation of the Whole Body Dissection program at the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology. You can read more about his programmes here.

Farewell to Ashvini Ampihaipahar

17th of January, 2014

ATTSU team photo

Clockwise from top left : Michael White, Inas Kansoh, Claudio Corvalan Diaz, Nabil El Massri, Cynthia Tang, Ashvini Ampihaipahar, Marcus Robinson

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology has farewelled the energetic and talented Ashvini Ampihaipahar this month. Ash worked for the Discipline as a Technical Officer in the ATTSU for 6 years whilst also studying law. Ash has now taken up a deserving role as an Industrial Lawyer at the NTEU.

The traveling echos of Ash's passionate and unassailably cheerful disposition will be greatly missed around the halls of the Anderson Stuart building.

"It is with sincere sadness that I will be leaving this role, having worked with a most fun loving and hard working team. For the past 6 years I have not only acquired great professional skills and was given gallant opportunities to develop as a Technical Officer, I have also acquired friendships that I cherish immensely."

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology acknowledges and thanks Ashvini for the wonderful work and joy that she brought to her role. The Discipline also wishes her the best of luck with her budding new career.

Visiting researcher - Longping Liu

17th of January, 2014

Dr Longping Liu

Dr Longping Liu

The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology is pleased to welcome back Mr Longping Liu. Mr Liu is highly regarded for his skills as a prosector and for the duration of his current visit, he will continue research activities into head and neck gross anatomy.

During his last visit, Mr Liu created over 50 teaching specimens for Anatomy and Histology and conducted research in collaboration with members of the Discipline, on the variations in the superior and inferior petrosal nerves of the human.