Anatomy Society AGM 2020

***AGM*** It’s that time of the year again!

Looking to build valuable leadership, organisation, teamwork and teaching skills?

Wanting to add something impressive to your CV and show how well-rounded you are?

This is your chance to do so as UCL Anatomy Society holds its Annual General Meeting!

Come along and run for a position on the committee to be a part of the future of the society and ensure that it continues the good work for its members.

No prior experience of being in the society is needed and students from any subject area are welcome to apply, and as long as you have bought society membership you can attend and run for any position.



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Date: Friday, 28 February 2020
Time: 17:30-19:30
Location: Drayton House Jevons LT

Anatomy and Art for Lonely Hearts


Got those Valentine’s Day blues?

Well fear not- UCL Anatomy Society is delighted to host the Anatomy and Art for Lonely Hearts event for a second year running. The event will consist of a life drawing session of anatomical models and anatomical specimens of the heart. It is guaranteed to be a fun evening so give yourself a well-deserved break from work and come along for a couple of hours of drawing and socialising!
All degrees welcome!

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Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Time: 18:00-20:00
Location: Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE L

Anatomy Cup 2020

This years anatomy cup 2020 held in collaboration with UCL, Barts, KCL and ICSM. Hosted at SGUL, teams representing each London Medical School will compete in Rounds 2 and 3. With the last team standing lifting the cup as winner of the Anatomy Cup competition 2020!

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Date: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Time: 13:00-17:00
Location: St George’s Surgical Society, University of London, SW17 0RE London,

BRCA and Art: A Transformative Journey

Anatomy Society are please to present a talk from Jill Mueller, on her art, her BRCA patient experience, and the long-term collaborative project that explores the intersection of the two.

In 2012, artist Jill Mueller tested positive for a hereditary genetic mutation that is associated with a high risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers. When doctors recommended that she could significantly decrease that risk by removing her breasts and ovaries in preventive surgeries, Jill determined to embark on a creative journey alongside the medical one. She needed to reach beyond her traditional painting practice, so asked photographer Maja Daniels to join her in exploring the physical and less visible aspects of an emotionally charged process. Over the next several years, Jill engaged her medical experience as both patient and artist, through collaborative documentary and studio-based photography, personal artwork, creative writing, and research—transforming her art practice alongside her body.

Students from all courses welcome!

Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Time: 17:30-18:30
Location: 1-19 Torrington Place, WC1E 7HB London

Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies

A reminder that the annual Anatomical Art Exhibition takes place

  • This Sunday 02/02/20
  • 1200 – 1800
  • Jeremy Bentham Room, University College London Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London

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The Anatomy of Monsters with Professor Alan Bates

Come to our first talk of 2020!


Have you ever wondered about the anatomy of a monster? Come along on Thursday 30th January for an insight into the medical aspects of classic universal studios monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and Wolf-man!

We have Prof Alan Bates – a fantastic speaker. Dr Bates taught anatomy and pathology at Queen Mary College London before joining the Royal Free in 2003. His interests include paediatric gastroenterology, teaching and training, and medical museums.

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Anatomy Tutorials Make a Comeback!

Surgical society x Anatomy society are pleased to announce their preclinical anatomy tutorials are back again!


With small group teaching from older years these tutorials cover high-yield information, example SBAs and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have around one of the biggest topics in 2nd year.

Thursday 23 January: Head and Neck

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Upcoming Neuroanatomy Tutorials


Getting close to exams and still don’t know your thalamus from your hypothalamus? Your Basal Ganglia from your Brainstem? Or your ACA’s from your PCA? Fear not, because AnatSoc has you covered: Join us in a series of lectures covering the relevant parts of Neuroanatomy in an SBA based format to teach you what you need to know, how to remember it, and how to nail the questions when you come up to exams!

20th Jan- Brainstem + Basics
27th Jan- Cerebellum + Forebrain
3rd Feb- Basal Ganglia + Thalamus
10th Feb- Limbic System + Hypothalamus


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Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: an Interview with the Director

With less than 5 weeks to submit artwork for UCL Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies, we interviewed the exhibition Director to get a better idea of what the upcoming exhibition is all about, and to get her top tips for artists who wish to submit their work!

1. Please Introduce yourself.

Hi. My name’s Claudia. I am a fourth-year UCL Medical Student and this year’s Exhibition Director for UCL Anatomy Society. I am excited to bring two seemingly separate passions of mine, anatomy and art, into one.
Though scientific in nature, I believe Medicine is art of communication, of observation and, of people. I was awarded a Heller Bursary (2018-19) from UCLMS to pursue a drawing course at the Slade School of Fine Art. When comparing my work in the Anatomy Lab to life drawing class, I noted that both are unique, private environments, where we have the privilege to observe and study the anatomy of another individual, and that a degree of clinical or artistic detachment is conducive to analysis.

2. What is this academic year’s Anatomical Art Exhibition theme?

“Mirrored Anatomies”. We think “Mirrored” can really have a wide range of interpretations. It could be scientific, abstract or literal.
If you need some inspiration, think along the lines of twins, cases of situs inversus and symmetry/asymmetry. Or consider the body’s ability to mirror another body’s movements, consciously in dance, or unconsciously with yawning or someone you like. This is because of special ‘mirror neurones’ nerve cells!
On a more abstract level, mirrors also imply reflection and perception – how do you see yourself in a mirror, is it your true self, and what about in mental health disorders like anorexia?

3. What was your inspiration for this year’s theme?

I started by thinking about what I found beautiful in anatomy. My first thought was ballet dancers, who typically have slim and athletic bodies that reveal so much surface anatomy. I thought: how could I incorporate dance into an exhibition? I then thought of a duet, with two persons mirroring each other’s movements.
The theme is particularly fitting because this year marks 500 years since Leonardo Da Vinci’s death. He had a unique and creative mind. Although he was left-handed, he wrote from right to left, with the writing completely “Mirrored”. His drawings are recognisable because of the “Mirrored” shading, reflecting the easier direction of marking a paper for a left-handed person.

4. Why is art important in anatomy/ relationship between anatomy and art?

At the time when Leonardo da Vinci originally trained as an artist, it was necessary to study anatomy for a realistic, accurate depiction. Yet, he was so fascinated by anatomy, that he progressed with its study far beyond the knowledge required to produce artistic work – he practiced cadaveric dissection.
In the past, anatomy dissection rooms were open to both artists and medics, but it is primarily reserved for the latter nowadays. An exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts displayed these écorché figures that were created from de-skinned cadavers, and together with sculptures, formed part of artists’ preliminary training – before they were considered good enough to learn drawing from life models. At the RA they have an in-house Professor of Anatomy, a tradition that has held since the establishment of the academy in the 18th century.

5. Top 3 tips for artists who want to submit artwork

Tip 1: think carefully about what “Mirrored” means to you and any initial thoughts that come to mind.
Tip 2: attend our workshop series! We have some very exciting events lined up, including a collaboration with UCL Art Society, and of course, the talk by the current RA Professor of Anatomy.
Tip 3: start working on your piece early! This will give you plenty of time to think about the theme, work on your piece and refine it.

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Anatomy Society Winter Social

Join us in celebrating the end of term by putting on your Christmas jumpers and coming up to the Rockefeller building for an evening of festive themed activities!

We will be decorating skeleton posters (with the chance to have the best on exhibited at our Anatomical Art Exhibition in Feb) alongside listening to Christmas tunes and just getting in the holiday spirit

There will be food and snacks!


Date: Thursday, 12 December 2019
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Rockefeller 339

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