I am a career clinical anatomist with NHS experience and extensive expertise in medical education. I have 40 years of experience in human clinical anatomy including NHS experience as a NHS Radiographer (1979-1984). After graduating from Birmingham University with First Class Honours in Anatomical Studies (1986) I was attached to the Liver Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where I achieved my PhD (1991). I subsequently held academic research and teaching appointments of increasing seniority until in 2006 I became Director of Anatomy at Birmingham University. In this role, I oversaw all aspects of Anatomical education for students of Undergraduate and Graduate Entry Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. I went on to contribute to anatomical education at a number of UK Medical Schools, most recently as Associate Professor of Anatomy at Nottingham University, Derby Campus where I am involved in the accelerated Graduate Entry Medicine programme.
I believe strongly in evidence based practice and have researched medical students’ perceptions about their anatomical education. Initiatives arising from my research reflect in changes to course design for medicine and dentistry and assessment processes. I have driven a number of new initiatives including development of an electronic interactive virtual prosectorium resource presented via the award-winning Birmingham Dental School facility, introduction of clinical imaging as integral to anatomical learning and development of new approaches for visual presentation of anatomy to students. I am currently reviewing the curriculum for Graduate Entry Medicine at Nottingham University. Anatomical and clinical imagery have always been at the forefront of my activities and continue to inform my anatomy teaching. I am a productive collaborator and aim to share my extensive experience with others. Consistent themes throughout my career include informing on three-dimensional form by visual means. At a cellular level I developed novel three-dimensional culture systems for human liver cells and adapted established microscopic techniques for analysing three-dimensional arrangements of cells.
I secured a number of international collaborations including in Europe and the US. I have been involved with writing, editing and proof reading a number of books (for example McMinns atlas of anatomy) that draw on both my academic and artistic expertise. I find that comprehension of three-dimensional arrangements can be conveyed efficiently through astute use imaging to reveal the pertinent clinically relevant concepts. Applied anatomy including clinical imaging and living anatomy strongly influence my approach. I regularly contribute to University open days and promotional events. I have experience of public engagement with science through display and exhibition in public spaces including community (2013) and hospital (2012) settings. I enjoy the challenges of working with students from disparate backgrounds and widening participation projects. In addition to my anatomical interests I have extensive experience in human biomedical research including PI status on major grants in human liver biology and pathobiology.
My research was funded by a number of grants from the Children’s Liver Foundation, The MRC and The Wellcome Trust. Examples are given below.
Member of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists.
I presented my research at major international conferences. Examples are given below.
I publish in high impact journals. Examples of recent key publications relevant to my major research interests are given below.
2017 Massimiliano Cadamuro, Simone Brivio, Carlo Spirli, Ruth E. Joplin, Mario Strazzabosco and Luca Fabris. Autocrine and Paracrine Mechanisms Promoting Chemoresistance in Cholangiocarcinoma. Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Jan; 18(1): 149. Published online 2017 Jan 13. doi: 10.3390/ijms18010149 PMCID: PMC5297782
2015 Stuart Duncan Morton, Massimiliano Cadamuro, Simone Brivio, Tommaso Stecca, Marco Massani, Nicolò Bassi, Alberto Furlanetto, Ruth Elizabeth Joplin, Annarosa Floreani, Luca Fabris, Mario Strazzabosco. Leukaemia Inhibitory Factor Protects Cholangiocarcinoma Cells from Drug-Induced Apoptosis via a STAT-3-independent, PI3K-dependent, Mcl-1 Activation Oncotarget 22;6(28):26052-64.8
2010 Bhangu A, Boutefnouchet T, Yong X, Abrahams P, Joplin R Medical Students’ attitudes towards anatomy teaching and their career aspirations; a 3 year prospective longitudinal cohort study. Anat Sci Educ 3(4):184-190
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