The 67th Annual Meeting has something to offer everyone. We've taken care to select a venue and to design a schedule that allows for cross-pollination and socializing among our members and with colleagues from related fields. By having all of our programming, salon and social gathering space all in one large area, we hope to make it possible for you to ‘see it all' - see the artwork, see the presentations, and see each other! Our evening Salon Opening will kick off the Meeting on Wednesday, July 25th and the glamorous Awards Banquet will wrap things up on Saturday, July 28th. In between you'll find a very robust group of speakers, workshops, and technical demonstrations that will address the varied interests of today's medical illustrator.
Acclaimed medical artist, Audra Geras, will begin our sessions with her keynote address on "Perspectives on a Spectacular Profession - Inspiration for our Future". Audra is a consummate professional and amazing artist and will set the tone for the next three days of stimulating presentations. We are incredibly honored to have world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson and Gael McGill as our Brodel Memorial Lecturers. They will tell us about the development of "Life on Earth", a revolutionary digital biology textbook, and how the face of educational publication is changing. Other great talks are too numerous to list - see the program [Jeni- active button] content for details.
New this year, we've selected a theme for each day, which will be supplemented with non-themed talks to appeal to a variety of interests.
- Thursday, July 26th: We'll look at the role of visualization in Medical & Scientific Education
Following the Life on Earth digital textbook presentation by E.O. Wilson and Gael McGill we will look at a very different type of visual science education: Hall Train's incredible work on representing the past in natural history exhibits. You will be awed by the scale, sophistication and beauty of his work. How can you go wrong with robotic dinosaurs? Thursday afternoon will take us from 18th century Russian and Peter the Great's cabinet of curiosities, to modern research in biophotonics and the role visualization can play in education, therapy and innovation. Along the way we'll hear about Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and its ground-breaking AboutKidsHealth online child health resource, and incredible new developments in eLearning in medical education from the Toronto General Hospital.
- Friday, July 27th: From hard facts to imagined worlds, the focus will be on Scientific Visualization
Ben Fry will begin the day by examining how visualization can help us cope with the ever increasing flood of data with the unchanging processing capacity allotted to each of us in his presentation, "Big Data, Little Brain". James Gurney will continue the discussion by examining how we draw that which we can't see: translating imaginative ideas into realistic images (James will be giving a workshop in the afternoon, too, but space is limited…). Bryan Christie will talk to us about the true potential of 3D modeling and rendering in medical illustration. Friday afternoon will take us on an exploration of brain atrophy imaging, design principles in communication strategies and visualization software development, tools for building complex 3D molecular worlds, and examples of biomedical doctoral research.
- Saturday, July 28th: Will include a look at Gaming & Simulation in medical research and discovery - a hot topic in our visual communication field
Dr. Richard Satava will begin the day with a fascinating look at the HoloMER - both a holographic representation of a patient and a record of their medical history and state of health - the future is now! Seth Cooper will tell us an incredible story of gaming and crowd-sourcing as a means for new scientific discovery. We will hear about the business of educational game design, developing medical games for the iPad, and the role of games in education.
Wednesday, July 25th
Once again we're offering full and half-day workshops prior to the start of the main program. These will be held on the campus of the Biomedical Communications program in the newly-completed Health Sciences Complex on the Mississauga campus of the University of Toronto. Transportation to and from the hotel will be provided as part of the workshop registration fees. The lineup includes:
Friday, July 27th
- InvoVis using Processing with Bang Wong & Ryo Sakai
- Harvesting Medical Imaging Datasets: An Open Source & Multi-Platform Workflow with Scott Dixon & Patrick Kania
- ePMV: Molecular Graphics with Graham Johnson & Fabian DeKok
- What Kind of Leader Are You? with Kevin Yousie
- Creative Portraiture & Caricature: Getting in Touch with Your Inner Animal with Anita Kunz
- Biovisualization With Maya and Molecular Maya with Gaël McGill
- Skull Base Anatomy & Dissection with Ahmet Sinav, Steven Harrison & Anne Agur
- Cardiac Anatomy & Dissection with Ahmet Sinav, Steven Harrison & Anne Agur
Half-day workshops will be offered during the body of the proceedings, at the hotel as well as in locations within walking distance. The First Timers workshop will occur in this slot. Other offerings will be:
- Clinical Anatomy of the Hand - Anne Agur & Valerie Oxorn
- Grants' Museum and the Artists of Grant's Atlas - Margot Mackay
- Highlights of Anatomical Illustration 1500-1860, featuring various editions of the Vesalius corpus - including one with marginalia by Vesalius himself! - Philip Oldfield
- Drawing with Water-Soluble Colored Pencils - James Gurney
Sparkling Tech Showcase
Allowing for a more intimate and meaningful learning experience, our Tech Showcase will be distributed through numerous adjacent rooms of the Delta Chelsea hotel, with ample space for flow and noise reduction. The afternoon workshops will take place at the same time.
The Traditional and Digital Salons will continue our tradition of proudly displaying examples of members' work to impress and enlighten us. Our digital area will be expanded this year to include more stations for better viewing of the animations and interactive media submissions. New this year will be satellite salons in adjacent Toronto teaching hospitals. Past award-winning pieces will adorn those displays to increase our profile in the broader healthcare market and make researchers and others aware of our conference happening in downtown Toronto.
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