Friday, October 19th, 2018


Paul Peck's Poetry of the Body and the Evolution of Anatomical Visualization


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered by the Association of Medical Illustrators


7:30am - 8:15am


8:15am - 9:00am

Introductory remarks by John Daugherty

9:00am - 10:00am

Professor Raffaele De Caro is President of the School of Medicine of the University of Padua since 2007 where he has also served as Professor and Director of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology. His scientific activity is devoted to the embryogenesis of cerebral vessels, the nuclei of the medulla and the monitoring and autonomic regulation of respiratory and cardiac functions, gross and clinical anatomy with a particular reference to the anatomical basis of surgical techniques. He is an author of over 175 scientificc papers, associate editor of Surg. Radiol. Anat., member of the editorial board of Clin. Anat. and Anatomical Sciences Education as well as reviewer for Journal of Anatomy and Anatomical Record. He is a Member of Italian Association of anatomy and histology, President of European Association of Clinical Anatomists, Fellow of British Association of Clinical anatomists, and the American Association of Clinical anatomists.

10:00am - 10:30am

Break and Meet the Speakers

10:30am - 11:15am

Peter joined Merck & Co., Inc. in 1988 as an Associate Designer responsible for introducing desktop publishing to the company’s US marketing division. In a career that has lasted 30 years, Peter has held numerous positions within Merck including Director of Global Brand Promotion and Global Marketing Director for both the osteoporosis and fertility franchises while also contributing to the launches of 10 products for the company. From 2013 to 2017, Peter assumed the role of Creative Director for Merck’s in house creative studio’s responsible for an annual output of over 15,000 jobs ranging from print, interactive, video and live events. It was during this period that Peter also took on the added responsibilities for overseeing the Merck Archives. In 2017, he moved to the company’s IT organization where he currently works on strategic marketing initiatives and other communications. Peter resides in Buck’s County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two daughters.

11:15am - 12:00pm

Douglas A. Cotanche, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at UIC. He arrived at UIC in August 2015 after way too many years in Boston. He teaches in the Anatomy 441for UHP Postbacs ,BVIS Masters students and MSMP Masters students,the SPP courses for UHP Postbac students, the M1 Gross Anatomy course, and is the course director for the M1 Neuroanatomy course and Anatomy 403 Graduate Anatomy course. In 2017 he received the UIC College of Medicine Golden Apple Award for teaching the M1 Neuroanatomy course.Dr. Cotanchereceived his Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of North Carolina in 1983 and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Lewis Tilney in Cell Biology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1983-1985. His first faculty position was in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Anatomy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC from 1985 to 1987. In 1987 he moved to Boston where he was in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine for ten years before moving to the Otolaryngology Department Children's Hospitaland Harvard Medical Schoolin 1998. He was the Research Director of Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital and taught Human Anatomy in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.He received the 2007 Award for Excellence in Teaching at Harvard Medical School.In 2008 he returned to BUMC with a facultyappointment in the Department ofOtolaryngology. From 2010 to 2013 he wasaVisiting Scientist in the Harvard NIHL Research Groupat the Harvard School of Public Healthstudying therapies to prevent hearing loss in the military. In 2013 he received a special teaching award for his dedicated service to the Human Anatomy course in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. From 2013 to 2015 he was an Associate Professor of Anatomy & Developmental Biology at the UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA, where he directed the Development,Structure and Function course.

12:00pm - 1:15pm

Lunch on your own


1:15pm - 1:45pm

Alison Doubleday is an associate professor in the Department of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences atthe University of Illinois at Chicago,College of Dentistry where she teaches human gross anatomy and embryology to first-year dental students. An anthropologist by training, Alison started her journey in the academic world as an archaeologist. Although she loved the work she was also easily distracted and moved into explorations of ancient DNA and comparative primate genetics during her time asa graduate student at Indiana University. After accepting a teaching assistant position for the undergraduate humananatomy course at Indiana University, Alison discoveredher love for anatomy and developed a true passion for teaching. In addition to teaching anatomy, Alisonis involved in curriculum design and development within the UIC college of dentistry. Her current research interests include investigations of the role that technology plays in shaping classroom interactions and collaboration.

1:45pm - 2:15pm

Scott Barrows is the director of medical visualization at Jump Simulation andEducation Center at OSF-SaintFrancisMedical Centerin Peoria, IL(a collaboration of OSF Innovation and the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria). He was previously vice president of marketing, clinical engagement and strategic developmentat a biotechnology laboratory in Virginia, and vice president of creativedevelopmentat a medical software company in Nevada.He has also worked with eHuman, a Stanford-based medical-dental software company, and worked in pharmaceutical marketing.Barrows is a clinical assistant professor ofemergency medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria and retains the role of clinical assistant professor in biomedical visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was also an assistant professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallasand was the former director of the biomedical visualization graduate program at UIC.Barrows has been the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition from two U.S. Presidents, the Smithsonian Institution andthe University of Illinois.His work has been presented at Nobel presentations and is included in the archives of the National Library of Medicine.

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Raymond H. Curry, MD, FACP is Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As chief academic officer at the nation’s largest medical school, he oversees educational programs across the school’s four campuses in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana Dr. Curry’s interests in medical education include the study and teaching of doctor-patient communication and the role of learner-centered educational methods in promoting patient-centered care. The curricular model for teaching these professional skills and perspectives he and others at Northwestern developed in the early 1990s has been widely emulated. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Curry is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed residency training in internal medicine at Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center in 1985, and then joined the Northwestern faculty as clinical coordinator on a US Public Health Service grant to establish a primary care track in the internal medicine residency. He has served as vice dean for education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, president of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, founding director of the Center for Education in Medicine; participated in the formation and management of the Center for Global Health.

3:15pm - 3:45pm

Break and Meet the Speakers

3:45pm - 4:15pm

Marcelo Oliver is President and Co-owner of Body Scientific International, LLC., a company that specializes in medical illustration, design, and services for students and healthcare professionals to excel in their medical education. Marcelo received his Master of Fine Arts inMedical andBiological Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1992. Upon graduating he was hired at Anatomical Chart Company where he illustrated many pharmaceutical patient education programs and later became creative director. In the early 2000’s Marcelo worked as marketing director for Heartsine Technologies, before starting Body Scientific in 2005.The creative team at Body Scientific has illustrated thousands of anatomy and surgical images for textbooksand also pursues international businessopportunities in Asia, the Gulf Region and South America. Marcelo currently serves a member of the Advisory Committee at UICBiomedical Visualization Program and is looking forward to serving on the AMI Board of Governors.

4:15pm - 4:45pm

Dr. Doyle received his PhD from the Department of Cell & Structural Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to serve as Director of the UIC Biomedical Visualization Laboratory from 1989 to 1993. Prior to founding Eolas Technologies Inc. in 1994, Dr. Doyle served as Director for the Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco. While at UCSF Medical Center, in 1993, Dr. Doyle led a research team that developed the fundamental web technologies which enabled Web browsers for the first time to act as platforms for fully-interactive embedded applications, in the process pioneering revolutionary Web technologies such as streaming media and cloud computing. To assist the University of California in commercializing the related patents, Dr. Doyle founded Eolas, where he is the architect of the company's research and development efforts. Dr. Doyle successfully guided Eolas through major litigation with Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, and several other tech giants, and has returned over $50 million dollars to the University of California in the form of patent royalties. His creation of transient-key cryptography in the late 1990s enabled the later creation of the Bitcoin system, and has been adopted in the x9.95 ANSI National Standard for secure timestamps. His co-invention of the Skybot mobile intelligent chatbot system in 2005 predated the creation of the smartphone by over two years, and predated the emergence of the intelligent-assistant product category by over a decade.His current research focus is on the validation of data in large-scale crowd-sourced science systems.


Frank Armitage
Creative Genius and Legendary Artist

A headshot of Frank ArmitageFrank Armitage epitomizes the word “visual genius.” His murals, his amazing background paintings for Disney classics like Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins and the Jungle Book, his inside-the-body landscape paintings for Life Magazine, designs for Disney theme parks, and his Academy Award-winning set designs for the motion picture The Fantastic Voyage, are nothing short of legendary.

In 2006, Frank Armitage donated much of his medical art collection to the Biomedical Visualization graduate program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. That same year, the College of Applied Health Sciences and the Biomedical Visualization graduate program established the Frank Armitage Lecture Series, both to honor this visionary and to highlight other “visual geniuses” who translate complex biomedical information into visual form. The lecture brings together experts from various disciplines in order to explore new opportunities for science visualization in the 21st Century.

On January 4th, 2016, the Biomedical Visualization graduate program lost a friend and inspiring mentor. The legendary artist Frank Armitage passed away peacefully at the age of 91. The Frank Armitage Lecture Series continues to honor his legacy in the field of medical illustration and ignite innovative solutions in biomedical visualization across numerous disciplines.

Student Association of Medical Artists
The BVIS student organization

A headshot of Frank ArmitageThe Student Association of Medical Artists (SAMA) was founded in 2006 by students of the Biomedical Visualization graduate program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The goal of SAMA is to enhance professional development, interdisciplinary collaboation, and the quality of student life at UIC by giving students access to the support and information they need to be successful. SAMA holds regular meetings, assists with the orientation and mentoring of new students, connects current students with alumni, and hosts social and service events to help support students and the local/global community. Sponsored by SAMA, the biennial Frank Armitage Lecture brings together visiting students and scholars to support the interdisciplinary demands and to foster innovation in biomedical visualization.

UIC Biomedical Visualization Graduate Program
The BVIS student organization

A headshot of Frank ArmitageFounded in 1921 by Professor Thomas Smith Jones, the Biomedical Visualization program (BVIS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the second oldest accredited school of its kind and one of only four accredited graduate programs in North America providing professional training for careers in the visual communication of life science, medicine, and healthcare. With a renowned faculty and a curriculum that keeps pace with advances in science and technology, UIC's Biomedical Visualization program attracts graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as medicine, life science, art, sculpture, digital animation, and computer science.

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The Frank Armitage Lecture Series will be held on UIC's west campus. Please check back soon for more information.

More information

For more information, please email program director John Daugherty at jdaug@uic.edu.




Lecture series:
UIC College of Nursing
845 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Tour of Paul Peck artwork in the Special Collections of the
UIC Library of Health Sciences:
1750 W Polk St, Chicago, IL 60612


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CTA bus lines serving the campus include the 7-Harrison, 8-Halsted, 9-Ashland, 11-Lincoln/Sedgwick, 12-Roosevelt, 60-Blue Island/26th and 157-Streeterville/Taylor.

The Pace Suburban Bus operates an express route (Route 755 Plainfield - IMD Express) between Plainfield, Bolingbrook and the UIC campus and Illinois Medical District during weekday rush hours. The UIC campus is also two blocks west of the Greyhound Bus terminal.

CTA (‘L’ trains and buses)
Metra schedule (trains)
PACE (buses)

Driving directions

From the North: Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) westbound and keep to the right; take the second exit from the Eisenhower Expressway, which is Ashland Avenue; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.

From the West:Take the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) to the Ashland Avenue exit; take Ashland Avenue south to Taylor Street; then go west on Taylor Street to the campus.

From the East: Take Harrison Street or Roosevelt Road west to Wood Street. If you take Harrison Street, go south on Wood Street to the campus, or from Roosevelt Road go north on Wood Street to the campus.

From the South: Take the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) and exit on Roosevelt Road (1200 south); go west on Roosevelt Road to Wood Street; then go north on Wood Street to the campus.


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