ISAHA DOCUMENT OF 6 AUGUST 2012
To develop modalities for encouraging and enhancing the subject of human anatomy with its main objective of producing a disease free world in which research in the health sciences is paramount.
To promote dissection of human cadavers as a major means of studying Human anatomy.
To encourage the study of human anatomy with the aid of the human cadavers and its dissections wherever possible
To encourage the study of human anatomy with the aid of imaging and other devices wherever possible, which will include models, virtual machines, electronic methods etc
To provide human cadavers for export to places where they are most needed for dissection and study
To encourage exchange of students between Universities that require human cadavers for dissection and those who require high technology anatomy research such as molecular biology and electron microscopy.
To encourage development of computer learning methods and imaging for the study of human anatomy
To encourage the continued industrial production of plastic and other models for the study of human anatomy
To provide center of excellences for the study of human anatomy worldwide with establishments of Human Anatomy Museums
To train young anatomists with aid of international experts
To encourage the writing and production of new human anatomy texts that will teach human anatomy and emphasise dissections and/or its pictures rather than just diagrams.
To set up Journals of Anatomy that will encourage high quality publications of research results in human anatomy.
ISAHA (pronounced ‘aisaha’) is a society envisaged to assist in bringing back the lost glories of Human Anatomy as a definitive science of the human body and also to assist members to become proper anatomists who have all the armamentarium of their trade at their disposal.
ISAHA will do the following in order to pursue its aims and objectives
1. The organization will be called International Society for the Advancement of Human Anatomy (ISAHA) open to all and sundry all over the world. It is therefore non-partisan, non discriminatory and non political free organisation.
2. A working definition of the anatomist would be any one who is (or has) engaged in cadaveric dissection primarily, and also those who have used imaging devices or surgery to probe into human anatomy, although use of comprehensive models can be accommodated. It will of course also include a University degree holder in anatomy or a teacher of human anatomy in any higher institution anywhere in the world. This then means that medical doctors who have dissected cadavers before their graduation can be members of the ISAHA, if they so wish, to include laymen who wish to support human anatomy research etc.
3. The organization will be mainly internet based with registered members receiving Newsletters and updates regularly by emails.
4. The organization will link registered members so that individuals can obtain facilities from members anywhere in the world -for example members who wish to participate in cadaver dissections can be linked to departments where they can obtain such or those who wish to work in certain laboratories in research that is bona fide Human Anatomy can be linked to such etc.
5. The organization will promote the use of cadavers for instructions in anatomy anywhere in the world and will use its position to obtain cadavers for those University departments that wish to have it for the instructions of their students.
6. Although the organization's primary objective will be to promote cadaveric dissection it will also assist in the development of alternative means of instructions in anatomy such as the electronic method, museums, books etc.
7. The organization will assist departments of anatomy to obtain materials for Human Anatomy such as cadavers as mentioned above and also histology slides of bona fide human body and embryology specimen so long as it is human and legal and ethical for the particular country in question.
8. The organization will promote the need for postgraduate studies to include cadaveric dissection in addition to any other modern scientific research methods. Anyone who wishes to be a postgraduate anatomist must have dissected the human body anywhere in the world where he/she can obtain cadavers or dissection and not just use prosected parts.
9. The organization will organize from time to time awards of great honor to anatomists round the world that have contributed to the advancement of the subject in any way.
9. International Congresses will be held in various countries in tandem with Congresses of well known Organizations of anatomy such as the International Federations etc.
Check the http://mywebquiz.com/ogunrantij/quizzes/isaharegistration.asp and communicate your interest. But you can only be a full member at Congress meetings were members are elected.
Dated Tuesday 14 August, 2012
Document sent to 100 Anatomy Departments world wide and placed on internet at www.hamj.org/isaha.htm