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American Association of Anatomists interview Joy Balta for 'Anatomy Now'

24 Aug 2016
Program development coordinatorJoy Balta

Program development coordinator in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience Joy Balta was recently invited to discuss his research findings and current publication with the American Association of Anatomists communications manager Elizabeth Austin.

The interview 'Survey of Anatomists Determines Preferred Preservation Techniques' is published in this month's 'Anatomy Now' the newsletter of the American Association of Anatomists. In the interview Joy discusses the findings of his recent paper 'The utility of cadaver-based approaches for the teaching of human anatomy: A survey of British and Irish anatomy teachers', examining cadaver-based teaching of human anatomy, and different preservation techniques employed.

Joy surmises that  'Anatomists in this study reaffirmed that using human cadavers to teach anatomy is still the cornerstone of anatomy education' and is passionate that 'as anatomists', 'we have an ethical obligation towards the people who generously donated their bodies for education and research. Therefore it is very important to look at different preservation techniques that will extend the period for which the cadaver could be used for and increase the number of people benefiting from this gift'.

Working under the supervision of Dr Siobhain O' Mahony and Professor John Cryan in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience the paper published in the Anatomical Sciences Education journal is of great interest to anatomists and the human body donation programme worldwide.

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