Inspiration and Celebration of Illuminating Science

AMI AMI2014 A Color

The annual gathering of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI), explores tales of cutting-edge medical procedures, newly discovered molecular processes, revealing scientific mysteries, and inspirational journeys to fascinate us.

North America's premier conference on scientific and medical visualization will bring together a diverse range of visual media professionals who explore advancement and inspiration in the dynamic fields of life sciences. Presented by international non-profit organization, the AMI registration for the four-day event is open to anyone with a passion for the fusion of science and art.

The conference will offer a diverse program with a breadth of content that includes speakers illuminating topics ranging from sculpting, anatomical body painting, écorché modeling, mobile technology, virtual 3D simulation, and paper quilling to environmental physiology, regenerative medicine, 3D medical imaging, patient engagement strategies, and the separation of conjoined twins. Unique to this conference is a huge media exhibit featuring medical illustration, animations, and interactive media.

In scientific advancement and biomedical visualization we forge into a world of intrigue. Join 400 medical and scientific illustrators, game developers, animators and innovators as they gather together at the hub of one of the world’s premier healthcare institutions, the Mayo Clinic.

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Keynote speakers include:

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 and 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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About the AMI

Since 1945, The Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Conference has brought together artists, illustrators, animators, and visual communicators from around the world, to explore advancements, inspirations, and ideas in the dynamic fields of biomedical science and healthcare.