Society Spotlight: American Association of Anatomists

By | July 1, 2015

The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease. Founded over 127 years ago, AAA works to promote its mission of advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development.

AAA has launched a campaign for growth and outreach. Our Year in Review presents an overarching view of our work.

Member to Member

Anatomy Connected, our members-only community, allows members to stay connected to one another through discussion posts and communities. Understanding that our members hail from around the country and world, our community allows members to ask questions of one another, post documents, set up task forces, and communicate in real time. Members have the combined expertise and knowledge of the entire member base at the touch of the keyboard.


AAA’s annual meeting is part of the Experimental Biology meeting held each year in conjunction with five other Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) societies. AAA provides four days of platform and poster sessions, networking, receptions, and awards. Next year’s meeting will take place San Diego, CA from April 2–6, 2015.


A cornerstone of  AAA is our awards program. Awards range from travel awards for students to attend our meetings to postdoctoral fellowships, which provide $20,000 of salary support to postdoc researchers, and the new Innovations Program, which awards up to $50,000 for scientific, educational, or professional development initiatives that help foster the discipline of anatomy and the organization’s strategic goals. Supporting the next generation of scientists and educators is fundamental to AAA’s mission, and dozens of opportunities exist for members to be awarded significant funding to further their commitments to anatomical science

Towards the Future

Next up for the Association is the launch of the Mentoring program. Mentor Match will pair students and new faculty mentees with senior faculty mentors within the Association. Harnessing the breadth and depth of our membership allows members to strengthen their careers and give back to their Association.


Elizabeth Sas is Communications and Marketing Manager at the American Association of Anatomists.