The Department of Anatomy is now entering one of the most exciting periods in its distinguished history. Traditionally the department's teaching efforts were focused on the core of anatomical courses taught to medical students and, in keeping with its name, the department's research had historically concentrated upon studies ofanatomical structure. However, in recent years hiring of talented new faculty and upgrading of core facilities have transformed the department into a modern center for research in cellular, molecular, neural and developmental biology.
Joint appointments of faculty and participation in graduate programs in the neurosciences, genetics and cell and molecular biology have created campus links between our Department and other departments. These links within and beyond the Medical School have been strengthened by the department's participation in campus wide interdisciplinary research groups such as Stem Cell Biology.
| By combining its traditional strengths with participation in new areas of research, the department has become a center for world class basic research programs. The Anatomy department is also strongly committed to continue hiring of the faculty in areas involving stem cell research which are relevant to the goal of curing disease.
In future, planned new facilities, recruitment of talented faculty and development of innovative teaching and research programs will ensure the department's vitality as a center of modern biology. Our department is a symbol for excellence in teaching and research. We educate medical students to become caring and competent doctors and to achieve quality.