Invited Speakers

Professor Susan Standring, King’s College,London

Susan (MBE, PhD, DSc, FRSB, FKC, Hon FAS, Hon FRCS) has always championed anatomy as a fundamental component of medical and dental curricula. She was Head of the Division of Anatomy at King’s College London for many years and is now Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, King’s College London. Susan has served as an external examiner at almost all of the medical schools in the UK and advised the General Medical Council on undergraduate medical education, serving as a member of several QABME (Quality Assurance of Basic Medical. Education) teams. As an anatomist, she has taught, supervised and examined medical and dental undergraduates, postgraduate surgical trainees and PhD and Masters’ students for over 40 years. In her ‘retirement’, she relishes having the time to research and write on applied anatomical topics and on the histories of topographical anatomy and of peripheral nerve repair. Susan is Editor-in-Chief of Gray’s Anatomy (39th-42nd editions, 43rd edition in preparation) and a Joint Lead Editor of Gray’s Surgical Anatomy. She is a past President of the Anatomical Society and of the Hunterian Society. As a neuroscientist, Susan worked particularly, but not exclusively, on the biology of repair in the peripheral nervous system, publishing over 200 articles in peer reviewed journals and numerous chapters in books (as Susan Hall). She is a Past President of the Peripheral Nerve Society, a Fellow of King’s College London, a Trustee of the Hunterian Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSEng), and an Honorary Fellow of RCSEng. She has been awarded the prestigious Wood Jones Medal of RCSEng twice for ‘outstanding contributions to anatomy’. Susan received an MBE for her work as an anatomist and was elected Honored Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, 2021.

Professor Yun-Qing Li, The Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an, China

Yun-Qing Li received his MD in clinical medicine (1984) and PhD in neuroanatomy (1990) from The Fourth Military Medical University (Xi’an, China), after which he worked as a faculty member at the same university. In 1993, after finishing his study in Japan, he obtained his second PhD in neuroanatomy from the Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University. He is currently the Professor and Director of KK Leung Brain Research Centre, The Fourth Military Medical University. Professor Li's research interests mainly focus on nociceptive sensory information transmission and modulation. His research work has made significant progress in central endogenous pain control system, chronic pain, and new neural pathways that interact with emotion and cognition, providing new anatomic basis for more effective treatment of pain. His research has been supported by grants from National Natural Science Foundation and Ministry of Science and Technology of China. As a first author or corresponding author, he has published more than 260 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Neuron, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Progress in Neurobiology, Pain, Molecular Neurobiology, Cerebral cortex, Journal of Comparative Neurology, and Neuroscience.

Associate Professor Michelle Lazarus, Monash University, Australia

Michelle (SFHEA, PhD) is an associate professor and Director of the Centre for Human Anatomy Education in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University, in Victoria, Australia. As a leader in the Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education, her research focuses on understanding how education impacts healthcare workforce professional identity, with emphasis on building a workforce who can effectively manage uncertainty. She is an award-winning educator having received the Australian Universities Teaching excellence award as well as the Monash Vice Chancellor’s and Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, among others.  She supports development and delivery of high-quality education in diverse learning contexts both nationally and internationally, working in consultation with secondary school teachers, caregivers, tertiary educators and the clinical workforce. She is the author of the “The Uncertainty Effect:  How to Survive and Thrive through the Unexpected”, and her work on uncertainty appears regularly in research publications and in the media.  Her entire career is a journey into uncertainty.

Professor Min Suk Chung, Ajou University School of Medicine, South Korea

Min Suk Chung is a professor in the Department of Anatomy, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, South Korea. He received his MD and PhD from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. After obtaining his PhD in clinical anatomy, Min Suk became interested in virtual dissection based on elaborate cadaver images. This led to the development of the Visible Korean project, which uses cross-sectional images (approximately 0.2 mm thickness) of cadavers to catalogue human anatomy, with the ability to transform these into 3D images. The cross-sectional images form one of the main resources of the Anatomage virtual dissection table. Min Suk has published about 100 articles on the Visible Korean, and written textbooks such as “Visually Memorable Regional Anatomy” and “Visually Memorable Neuroanatomy for Beginners”. He also has an interest in designing comics that depict mnemonics and humour, which are being serialised in Plexus (the IFAA newsletter). The browsing software and products of the Visible Human, and other resources can be downloaded, free of charge from

David Lovegrove, TASKA Prosthetics, Christchurch, New Zealand

David Lovegrove is Head of Design at TASKA Prosthetics, where he leads a team of designers and engineers researching and developing the globally leading myoelectric prosthetic hand on the market.
After completing a BE(Hons) at University of Canterbury David started his career designing home appliances before heading to Europe to work in Formula1. Since returning to New Zealand he successfully ran a design consultancy for 20 years before joining TASKA. David has been involved with TASKA from its early days and his empathetic approach toward end user and stakeholder need has allowed TASKA to reach its market leading position with a paradigm shift in terms of prosthetic hand development through the understanding of human anatomy, human connection and advanced engineering and design process.
Having worked in the field of design and innovation throughout his career, David has multiple patents and awards delivering products to market that solve many real-world user problems and deliver business success.

Professor Anthony Butler, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

Anthony Butler (MBChB PhD GradDipSc FRANZCR) is Head of the Department of Radiology. His research is at the interface of clinical medicine and the technical sciences of physics and computing. His current focus is the development of MARS imaging and its translation from high energy physics to clinical medicine. The MARS technique provides 3D colour (spectral) X-ray images of biological tissue. These images provide significantly more clinical information than those modalities currently used in hospitals and laboratories. This enables researchers and clinicians to study diseases in new ways.

Currently he and his collaborators are applying MARS to problems in heart disease, cancer, drug development, and bone health. MARS technology research spans particle detector development, design of imaging equipment, medical mathematics, and data visualisation. In addition, his other interests include the using mobile computing and virtual reality within hospitals.

Peter Hunter, Bioengineering Institute, Auckland, New Zealand

Prof Hunter (MNZM, DPhil Oxf, ME, FRSNZ FRS) was, until recently, Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He is currently a Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, and holds honorary or visiting Professorships at a number of Universities around the world.

Prof Hunter completed an engineering degree in 1971 in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (now Engineering Science) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, a Master of Engineering degree in 1972 (Auckland) on solving the equations of arterial blood flow and a DPhil (PhD) in Physiology at the University of Oxford in 1975 on finite element modeling of ventricular mechanics. His major research interests since then have been modelling many aspects of the human body using specially developed computational algorithms and an anatomically and biophysically based approach which incorporates detailed anatomical and microstructural measurements and material properties into the continuum models. The interrelated electrical, mechanical and biochemical functions of the heart, for example, have been modelled in the first ‘physiome’ model of an organ.

Professor Louise Parr-Brownlie, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Louise (Ngāti Maniapoto me Te Arawa) draws on Western science and mātauranga Māori research to facilitate positive ageing and equitable treatments for people living in Aotearoa New Zealand with neurodegenerative disorders. Her biomedical research focuses on understanding how brain cell activity controls movements, and how this changes in Parkinson’s disease. Her lab team and collaborators have translated this knowledge to test novel ways to treat Parkinson’s disease using light to stimulate specific brain cells. She also explores lifestyle, cultural and clinical factors that may be harnessed to modulate neuroinflammation and slow symptom progression. Louise is a Science Advisor to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which overseas public research funds in the research, science and innovation sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has previously led the Ageing Well National Science Challenge as the Director and was a member of the Health Research Council’s Biomedical Research Committee.

Her leadership effects science sector changes in Aotearoa New Zealand, and internationally she serves as the Secretary of the International Basal Ganglia Society Council.