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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


During Michaelmas Term 2021, we collaborated with a number of European universities to deliver one in a series of Clinical Anatomy seminars, with our students being invited to attend. This was a part of Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), and covered the following topics: Clinical anatomy of the free flaps used in reconstructive plastic surgery (Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic), Clinical anatomy of chest deformities (University of Pécs, Hungary), Clinical anatomy and 3D imaging of the kidneys (Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy) and Low back pain (University of Zagreb, Croatia). Mr Benjamin Lamb (Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital) and Dr Peter Fletcher, one of our anatomy demonstrators, gave a seminar on Clinical anatomy of the prostate and approach to robotic prostatectomy.

In October 2019, Cambridge became one of the partner universities of the International Collaboration and Exchange Program (abstract). This was initiated in 2014 within the Anatomy/Pathology Department at Columbia University, New York City, USA. Dr Anette Wu now leads the programme, which currently includes 21 leading medical universities on 4 continents. Cambridge students have been very enthusiastic in their support of the programme, which has gone from strength to strength, and continued during the Covid pandemic. This exchange has resulted in a number of publications over the years. 

Since 2016, a number of our students have had the opportunity to participate in the SASH course, the Summer school of Anatomy-Based Sonography Heidelberg, and have benefitted greatly from the teaching they are received there. The course was initiated by Dr Ralph Nawrotzki, and is organised and taught by medical students (abstract). Our students have appreciated the experience so much that they were keen to run their own course, in collaboration with SASH, and they have received tutor training in Heidelberg. The first summer CamSASH course was to be run in 2020, but unfortunately Covid intervened. It will now be run this year from 1-5 August 2022.

Dr Stephen Barclay, Consultant in Palliative Care, Fellow and Director of Studies, Emmanuel College

Speaker at the Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 14-16 December 2015, Cambridge

  • My first patient: clinical and pastoral implications of the DR (abstract)


Dr Michelle Spear, formerly Deputy Clinical Anatomist, Cambridge

Poster presentation at the Anatomical Society Winter Meeting 14-16 December 2015, Cambridge

  • Establishing a para-curriculum in anatomy: the Cambridge experience (abstract)


Dr Tom Turmezei, Radiology Fellow, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, formerly Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Fellow, Department of Engineering and Honorary Consultant Radiologist, Addenbrooke's Hospital

His PhD was based on work done on cadaveric specimens provided by our facility and was entitled:

  • 3D modelling of the hip joint from clinical imaging data