Welcome to Rochester: AMI 2014


At the heart of our profession are compelling stories.

These tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys fascinate us. Please join us at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, July 23-26, 2014 to celebrate the stories of innovators, visionaries, pioneers, scientists, and artists.

This year’s format will be dynamic and exciting with a vigorously paced schedule modeled after the popular TED series. Speakers will highlight topics ranging from sculpting, anatomical body painting, écorché modeling, mobile technology, virtual 3D simulation, and paper quilling to physiology in extreme environments, regenerative medicine, 3D medical imaging, patient engagement strategies, and conjoined twins separation.

We are excited to be a joint AMI Salon/BCA BioImages opening on Wednesday evening as BioCommunications Association (BCA) and Association of Biomedical Communications Directors (ABCD) will be meeting concurrently in Rochester this week.

You will indeed leave this meeting inspired!


Rochester Host Committee

Keynote speakers

Mastering Anatomy

Andrew Cawrse, Sculptor & Artistic Anatomy Instructor

Andrew Cawrse is an established worldwide authority on artistic anatomy and instruction, and is recognized as a creator of some of the world’s most incredible products for anatomy education. Andrew also has a distinguished background in movie VFX, with over 9 years at Industrial Light & Magic as a model supervisor & digital concept sculptor. His effects work has been featured in the films Avatar, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Van Helsing, Dreamcatcher, and Star Wars Episode I and II. A sought after anatomy instructor, he teaches in both traditional and digital mediums, and instructs medical, game, VFX, illustrators, and fine art professionals.


Innovation of Right Now

Jeff Lieberman, MS, Roboticist, TV Host

Jeff Lieberman explores the connections between the arts, sciences, education, creativity, and consciousness. He hosted Time Warp on the Discovery Channel, reminding us how little our senses detect and understand about reality. He composes music in the duo Knolls. He shows sculptures internationally, exploring our unseen interconnectedness and interdependence. Having finished four degrees at MIT (physics, math, mechanical engineering, media arts and sciences), he is exploring how the evolution of consciousness can cease human suffering.


Resiliency in Communicating Evolution

Viktor Deak, MFA, Paleo-artist

Viktor Deak has been a professional paleo-artist in New York City for over a decade. Specializing in the forensic reconstruction of fossil hominids, he creates life-like, anatomically correct scientific reconstructions for museums, books, magazines, and television. His clients have ranged from 20th Century Fox, The National Geographic Channel, BBC, and Nova. His work appears in natural history museums worldwide, including The American Museum of Natural History NYC and The Houston Museum of Natural Sciences TX. In 2007, he was co-creator of the award-winning book The Last Human and later went on to scientifically consult on 2011’s Rise of The Planet of the Apes. His current projects are a forthcoming book about the evolution of human anatomy, anatomical research at Mt. Sinai Medical NYC, and a variety of commissions for anthropologists worldwide.


Brödel Memorial Lecture: Transforming Vesalius

Daniel H. Garrison, PhD

Greek & Latin Classics Scholar and Author

Daniel H. Garrison, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Classics at Northwestern University. A graduate of Harvard University, he also holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Most of his books have been devoted to Greek and Latin poetry. They include a monograph on the Hellenistic love epigram and editions of Virgil, Horace, and Catullus. In addition, he has also written a book on Greek Sexual Culture (2000) and a who’s who of P.G. Wodehouse (1987, 1989). He has an extensive background in Renaissance medicine. In 1993, he teamed up with colleague Malcom H. Hast, PhD to begin the first comprehensive English translation of Andreas Vesalius’ 1543 and 1555 editions of De humani corporis fabrica, one of the founding works of the scientific revolution. In 2013, after 20 years of work, Karger Publishers released the final insightful and inspiring 21st century interpretation of the 16th century volume—just in time for the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius’ birth.


Muriel McLatchie Miller Memorial Lecture:

Can’t Wait to Get up in the Morning!

Robert Demarest

Robert Demarest is Director Emeritus of the Center for Biocommunications at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York. He spent his entire career at Columbia University. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators in 1989. He twice served as President of the association and served as Chairman of its board. Upon his retirement, Columbia’s Health Science Library requested his records and medical illustrations for their Permanent Archive. He is also most proud of being the honored recipient of the Ranice W. Crosby Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.



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