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

Click the link below to sign up for any/all of the upcoming tutorials.

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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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75237381_1226506190854097_3432662086302302208_nWe are currently accepting creative work from students of all subjects to submit to our Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020.
The theme this year is MIRRORED ANATOMIES, an opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects that illustrate the inversion, (a)symmetry and duplication of anatomical forms.

We accept diverse media – from drawing to medical imaging to sculpture, but also painting, photography & poetry.

Email in your piece or any qs to our Curators Rachel and Vittoria at

Deadline: 12th January 2020

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Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies

UCL Anatomy Society is hosting its 2020 Anatomical Art Exhibition!

Please see the ‘Anatomical Art Exhibition 2020: Mirrored Anatomies’ tab above.

Here are the event details:

Date: Sunday 2 February 2020
Time: 11:00-19:00
Venue: Jeremy Bentham Room, University College London Gower Street, WC1E 6BT London
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Neanderthals and Speech


We’re thrilled to announce the next talk in our evolutionary anatomy series will be given by none other than Dr Sandra Martelli – ‘Reconstructing Neanderthal Vocal Tract Anatomy – Hard & Soft Tissue Approaches’.

Dr Martelli is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Anatomy at UCL and is a prominent figure in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Her interests lie in evolution and next Tuesday she will be shedding light on the fascinating topic of speech in Neanderthals.

We hope to see you there!

WHERE: UCL Darwin Building, ROOM B05
WHEN: Tuesday 21st February, 6-7:30pm

Neuroanatomy Revision Workshop 2 – Basal Ganglia


Hi guys! Thanks to those of you who made it to our first workshop, we hope you found it useful! We’re pleased to announce that the second session of our Neuroanatomy workshop series is taking place on Wednesday 15th February – and will focus on the Basal Ganglia.

The workshop series is geared towards medics and those studying Neuroanatomy modules, and will be taught by a medic in their final year at UCL. This session will take an in-depth look at one of the trickiest systems in the brain – and one of the most examined – the basal ganglia. With this revision session you can gain a better understanding of its components and principles and will be far better equipped to tackle exam questions!

Free for members, and just £1 for non-members – so don’t miss out on this learning opportunity!

P.S. You don’t have to have attended the first workshop (Overview of Neuroanatomy) to come to this one so just come along!

Where? Christopher Ingold Building, Lecture Theatre G21 (Also called Ramsay LT)
When? Wednesday 15th February, 6-7pm

Evolution of the Penis Bone


Where? 337 David Sacks LT, Rockefeller Building
When? Thursday 9th February, 6-7pm

Yes, you read that right – our next talk will be all about the long and short of the history and evolution of the penis bone. Bet you didn’t even know that it existed – in certain mammals, that is. And we’re making no bones about it (though you can expect a few bad puns 😉 ).

Our guest speaker is Matilda Brindle, an expert in the field of biological anthropology at UCL – and she will be here to explain how the most useful and diverse bone in the male primate body has adapted over time.

Her talk is entitled the ‘Battle of the Bacula: How the penis bone evolved in primates and carnivores’. It promises to be truly fascinating, if not weird and wonderful, and you will no doubt learn something new from it! You certainly will never look at the primate penis in the same way again.

Matilda has a wealth of knowledge to draw upon – she studied for her masters (distinction) in Human Evolution and Behaviour here at UCL after achieving a first class honours in Psychology from Goldsmith’s. She is a leading researcher in primate evolution – specifically the ‘baculum’ and how sexual selection has influenced its evolution. But we’ll leave the rest for Matilda to explain on Thursday!

So come along – it’d be a right ‘cock-up’ on your part to miss out on this talk! We can’t wait for it and we hope to see you there, if you’ve got the balls to show up! 🙂

Neuroanatomy Revision Workshop 1


We’re excited to announce the first workshop of our Neuroanatomy workshop series – starting on Wednesday 1st February.

The workshop series is geared towards medics and those studying Neuroanatomy modules, and will be taught by a medic in their final year at UCL. We will begin with a comprehensive look at ‘Overview of Neuroanatomy’, before delving deeper into Neuroanatomy in later weeks.

The session will be held on Wednesday 1st February from 6-7pm, in the Christopher Ingold Building, Lecture Theatre G21.

Free for members, and just £1 for non-members – so don’t miss out on this learning opportunity!