Department of Anatomy
The All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi was established in 1956 with a triple mandate of leading the country in the fields of medical education, training & research and patient care. The department of Anatomy, one of the first departments to be set up, has contributed to the development of Anatomy curriculum which is implemented throughout the country by the Medical Council of India. Research and publications from this department have often been quoted in the bible of Anatomy- i.e, Gray’s Textbook of Anatomy.
The department is involved in medical teaching and training at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels and also provides services that include diagnostics in genetic disorders and fluorosis. It runs a National Centre for Electron microscopy that regularly provides training for technicians and investigators. The department is a WHO-recognized Centre for training in Human Genetics. The department is also an active collaborator and organizer of various cadaveric workshops for post-graduate training and skills training in surgical and allied disciplines.
The main thrust areas of research in the department are neurobiology, male and female infertility, auditory and visual pathways, ageing-related disorders, pain biology, addiction genetics, pre-ecclampsia, enteric nervous system, pancreatitic pathogenesis, morphometry using state-of-the-art design-based stereology, autophagy and cell death, rare and common genetic disorders, ecotoxicology, breast cancer, nanobiology and drug-delivery systems, plastination and cancer biology including rare endocrine tumours. The research is conducted using blood and tissue samples of patients, animal models and primary and immortalized cell lines. The Central Animal Facility at AIIMS provides adequate support for research using experimental mammalian models.The department provides training opportunities and support in the fields of Anatomical sciences, Genetics and Electron Microscopy to all Indians and nationals of SAARC countries.
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