International Collaboration and Exchange Program

A program directed by: Dr. Anette Wu

To donate or support please contact: aw2342@cumc.columbia.edu

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Meet our ICE Partner Anatomy Faculty Members !

This program is a unique partnerships of multiple anatomy departments around the world

 

Australia 
The University of Sydney, Sydney – Kevin Keay, PhD, Associate Professor and Head of Anatomy

KEVIN KEAY, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney. He teaches postgraduate medical and dental students as well as undergraduate science students. His research interests include the neuroanatomy of pain pathways and neuroanatomy education.


Austria  
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna – Hannes Traxler, MD, Assistant Professor of Anatomy

HANNES TRAXLER, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Also, he is in private practice as a general physician and acupuncturist. He teaches anatomy to medical and dental students and leads the Research Group of Topographical Anatomy. He is the faculty contact in Vienna, Austria, for the program. 


Canada  
McGill University, School of Medicine, Montreal, QC – Geoffroy Noel, PhD, Professor of Anatomy

GEOFFROY NOEL, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and Director of the Anatomical Sciences Division at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has been teaching gross anatomy and clinical neuroanatomy to medical and dental students for more than 10 years. Dr. NOEL is currently the Director of the Anatomical Sciences Division. The mandate of this division is to explore new pedagogical techniques, coordinate and manage all anatomy labs and lectures, and liaise between the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, the Simulation Centre and McGill’s accredited professional health programs (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Communication Sciences and Disorders). Current research interests: Curriculum development with emphasis on implementing inter-professional education, imaging within anatomy/surgical electives and designing 3D digital models/haptic simulations to train future physicians in non-invasive exploration of the human body.  He is the faculty contact in Canada for the ICE Program.


Denmark
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences -  Jorgen Olson, PhD, Professor of Anatomy

JØRGEN OLSEN, M.D., DMSc., is a professor at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the head of the largest anatomy course for medical students at University of Copenhagen. He has been pioneering the livestreaming of anatomy lectures (the modern anatomical theater) for medical students. He is the faculty contact for the program in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Finland  
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine, Helsinki – Dr. Suvi Viranta-Kovanen, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Anatomy

SUVI VIRANTA-KOVANEN, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. She teaches anatomy to the medical and dental students. Her research interests include anatomical education, functional and comparative anatomy and evolution. She is the faculty contact at University of Helsinki, Finland.

France

University of Paris Descartes, Faculty of Medicine, Paris -- Dr. Salma El Batti, MD, PhD, Professor of Anatomy 

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Germany  
Martin Luther University, Faculty of Medicine, Halle-Wittenberg – Heike Kielstein, MD PhD, Professor of Anatomy

HEIKE KIELSTEIN, M.D., is a Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany. She teaches gross anatomy to medical and dental students. An accomplished researcher and anatomist she was the first partner of the International Collaboration and Exchange Program. Details of her work can be found here. She is the faculty contact in Halle for the program.


Ludwig Maximilians University, Faculty of Medicine, Munich - Jens Waschke, MD PhD, Professor of Anatomy

JENS WASCHKE M.D., is Professor and chairman of Anatomy at the LMU in Munich, Germany, and is responsible for gross anatomy teaching of ~1000 first year medical students.  He is editor of several text books including SOBOTTA atlas and serves the Anatomische Gesellschaft as president. He investigates mechanisms in intercellular adhesion. Details of his work can be found here. He is the faculty contact for the program.

FRANSZISKA VIELMUTH, M.D., is a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Jens Waschke at the LMU in Munich, Germany and participates in a broad range of anatomy teaching including dissection courses and histology. Her research interests focus on mechanisms of desmosomal adhesion using biophysical techniques. Details of her work can be found here. She is the faculty coordinator for the program. 

 

Japan 
Kyoto University, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto – Takeshi Sakurai, MD, PhD, Professor of Anatomy

TAKESHI SAKURAI, M.D., Ph.D. a Professor in Medical Innovation Center at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan, and an adjunct teaching faculty at Columbia University, New York. He has been teaching anatomy and neuroanatomy. He has been helping medical students at Kyoto to do research internship abroad. He is the faculty contact at Kyoto University, Japan, for the program


Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo – Shuji Kitahara, DDS, PhD, Senior Lecturer of Anatomy

SHUJI KITAHARA, D.D.S., Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan. He has been teaching microanatomy and developmental biology to medical and nursing students for more than 10 years.  In addition, he is a manager of “United Japanese Researcher Around The World” which supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). And also he organized The Japan-US Science Forum in Boston with JSPS and Japan Forum for Asian Science and Technology (JFAST) with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). On the other hand, he is providing articles about medical science and political science to “WEBRONZA” of Asahi newspaper which is a major Japanese news company. Simultaneously, he is doing research about political science and health economics as a Ph.D. student at WASEDA University. He is the faculty contact at the Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.

S Korea  
Seoul National University, Seoul – Hyun Jeong Kim, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor, Seoul National University School of Dentistry

Switzerland - TBD
 

Taiwan 
National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei – Chung-Liang Chien, PhD, Professor of Anatomy

CHUNG-LIANG CHIEN, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has been teaching anatomy to medical and dental students for more than 23 years. His major research interests are neurobiology and stem cell biology. Dr. Chien received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1995. Dr. Chien has been one of the faculty members at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU) since 1995. He took a research leave as a visiting scientist at the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tokyo in 1999. 
His major research interests are neurobiology and stem cell biology. As an internationalized medical educator, more than 42 medical students from 20 different countries have been trained at his stem cell biology laboratory since 2004. Under Dr. Chien’s supervision, 11 graduate students earned their Ph.D. degree from the institution at NTU. Most of them received faculty or clinical positions at university/medical centers. Since 2007, Dr. Chien served as the Associate Dean of College of Medicine, as well as the Deputy Director of the NTU Center of Genomic Medicine to promote the translational medicine research within NTU campus.
Dr. Chien works for Taiwan academic society actively and had been elected as the 12th and the 13th President of the Association of Anatomists of the Republic of China (2010-2014). He was also elected as the 3rd and the 4th President of the Taiwan Society for Stem Cell Research (2013-2017). Besides, Dr. Chien was recommended as the representative of Chinese Taipei as well as the Chair of Research & Development Steering Committee in the Life Science Innovation Forum (LSIF) of the APEC from 2014 to 2016. In terms of government positions, Dr. Chien had served as the Deputy Executive Secretary at the Office of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan (2012-2014), as well as the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology (2014 – 2016).
Currently, Dr. Chien served as the CEO of the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (IBMI) to promote the potential collaboration between academia and bio-industry in Taiwan. Besides, IBMI just launched the international platform of “Taiwan Healthcare+”, a website PORTAL for medical and biotech opportunities in Taiwan.  He is the faculty contact of the program at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.


 

United Kingdom  
King’s College, School of Medicine, London – Richard Wingate, PhD, Professor and Head of Anatomy

RICHARD WINGATE, D.Phil is a Reader in Developmental Neurobiology at the MRC Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Head of Anatomy at King's College London. He is actively engaged in undergraduate and public education and is the Editor-in-Chief of BrainFacts.org. He is the faculty contact of the program at King's College London, UK.

MANDEEP GILL SAGOO, Ed.D., M.Sc. (Medical Anatomy), P.G.C.E., F.H.E.A., is a lecturer in anatomy in the Department of Anatomy, School of Biomedical Education at King’s College London, London, United Kingdom.  Her educational research is in understanding assessments with multimedia learning theories, relationships between spatial ability and anatomy learning and use of innovative paedagogies and reflective practical assessments. Her applied anatomy research is in the area of developing and validating projection overlay method (3D CT scans) and finite urinary bladder models. She has recently been recognised with an Excellence in Teaching Award from the GKT School of Medical Education, King’s College London. She overseeing and coordinating the program at King's College London, UK.

University of Cambridge, 

CECILIA BRASSETT, Cecilia Brassett was a medical student and anatomy demonstrator at the University of Cambridge and is the current University Clinical Anatomist. She initially qualified as a general surgeon, then trained in field linguistics to work among an ethnic minority group in China for some years before returning to the UK. She is a Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and sits on the Councils of both the Anatomical Society and the British Association of Clinical Anatomists. In addition to organising the anatomy teaching programme, she is engaged in a number of clinically relevant research projects in topographical anatomy. She co-authored The Secret Language of Anatomy, an illustrated guide which brings to life anatomical terms and explains why they were coined.

United States

Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons - Anette Wu, M.D., M.P.H.,Ph.D

 ANETTE WU, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York. She has been teaching  anatomy to medical and dental students for more than 13 years. Originally trained in General and Transplantation Surgery her interest is now in internationalization of medical education.She founded the International Collaboration and Exchange Program at Columbia University to promote improvement of global health to future medical and dental leaders. She serves as director of the program. 

PAULETTE BERND, Ph.D., is a Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York.  She is the director of Clinical Gross Anatomy and the Anatomical Donor Program.  Her teaching innovations include aninteractive electronic dissection manual and computer modules for small group learning. She serves as advisor to the ICE program.