Conference Highlights

As the premier conference on medical and scientific visualization, the annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AM) brings together a diverse array of professionals engaged in promoting the power of visual media to advance understanding of the life sciences. The 68th annual AMI conference, FUSION: Connecting Minds • Visualizing Science & Medicine, promises a rich offering of inspiration to all in attendance. We have designed an engaging and inclusive conference with the hope that it will not be just techniques and tips that will grip your imagination, but the people and ideas behind them that will influence and inspire your future thinking. The AMI will be honored to have you attend this year and be included among the very best visual problem solvers in the world of healthcare communications. Read on for some highlights of this year’s meeting:


Roberta Ness, MD, MPH,  Innovation specialist and Dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health will explore the question “So you think you can innovate?

Jens Krüger, PhD  of High Performance Computing Graphics & Visualization at the University of Duisburg-Essen will expound on Semi-Automatic Tools for Illustrations of 3D Datasets.

Frederic Hellman, MD, Delaware County Medical Examiner will tackle Crime Solving, Big Data and the CSI Effect.

Peleg Top, cutting edge marketing strategist, will show us how to attract our ideal clients.

Carlos Machado, MD has assumed the mantle of physician/illustrator at Ciba-Geigy/Novartis, and will describe his work in the evolution of the Netter collection.

Carl Zimmer Join us at the FUSION Finale Saturday evening July 20th in Salt Lake City for a presentation by author and essayist Carl Zimmer. Writers and artists have a host of new tools at their disposal thanks to the explosion of the Internet. But too often, they work in isolation from one another. In his talk, Carl Zimmer will discuss how artists and writers can collaborate to produce stories about science that are more than the sum of their parts.

Special Topics

In response to last year’s meeting evaluation, AMI will feature three exciting areas of special interest:

  • BioScience: special presentations from the front lines of scientific discovery
  • Professional Business Practices: presentations on how we can better market our businesses and our profession
  • Mobile Media: presentations on technologies and techniques for current and future trends in information communication


Enhance those skills and grab some CEUs!  AMI is pleased to offer a diverse selection of workshops, including:

  • Adobe Edge Animate with Chris Converse
  • Intro to Z Brush with Wes Price
  • Upper & Lower Limb Anatomy with David Morton
  • Two workshops—Maya and Modo with Dave Mauriello
  • Two workshops—ePMV and Autopack with Graham Johnson
  • Painter/Photoshop with Don Seegmiller
  • Overnite Plein Air Painting workshop with Hopkins graduate Marilou Kundmueller

Tech Showcase

Enjoy a special extended and expanded Tech Showcase this year from 10 – 5 on Saturday, including digital techniques, vendor demos and abundant opportunities to pick up career-enhancing tips from the experts.

Back by Popular Demand

Bill Westwood reprises his role as supreme How-to-Start-a-Business Guru with an hour and a half concurrent session on Saturday.


As always, the Traditional and Digital Salons will form the centerpiece of our meeting. We will have dedicated extra time in the schedule to view the Salon, and several special events (see below) are planned around this premier display of the best medical communications on the planet.

Special! New!

Continuing Toronto’s stroke of brilliance, there will be Satellite Salons exhibited in two venues—the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library on the University of Utah campus, and at the nearby Salt Lake City Public Library.  Past award-winning artwork will be on view for the public and the medical community.

“Fast Frame”

Ever wished you had a chance to call attention to your Salon Entry? Tired of your brilliant interactive learning tool, or that jaw-dropping animation being lost among a slew of other entries? Now you can “opt-in” to participate in a fast and furious preview event where, accompanied by a still shot of your entry, you’ll have 10 seconds to run to the podium and say whatever you like about your piece. It promises to be fun and informative!

Winning Ways LIVE!

Winning Ways LIVE! will carry on in the tradition of the popular Salon Revisited of the past. Steve Harrison will discuss the winning works with the makers on a casual stroll through the Salon.

Fusion Finale

A special evening is in store as a grand finale for the conference. Stay tuned to this website for further details.