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Prof Bernard Moxham  -  BDS PhD

I initially read Dentistry at the University of Bristol, completing my clinical studies in 1973. During this period I undertook an intercalated Hons BSc degree in Anatomy, obtaining a 1st class Hons degree in 1969). Deciding on an academic career, I took up an appointment as demonstrator in the Anatomy department at Bristol, completing my PhD there in 1978. I undertook postgraduate research at the Department of Physiology, Göteborg University, Sweden (under the direction of Professor B. Folkow). Subsequently, I was promoted to lecturer and senior lecturer before being appointed as Professor and Head of Anatomy at Cardiff in 1990. I became Deputy Director of the Cardiff School of Biosciences and Head of Teaching in Biosciences as a result of the merger of 2 major biology schools at Cardiff in 1998. As Head of Teaching, I oversaw the achievement of “excellent” awards for all courses (science, medical, dental) in the TQAs and recent NSS results have also signalled teaching excellence.

My total number of publications exceeds 315 and includes16 textbooks and 2 research monographs.

Externally, I am/have been a Visiting Professor at the University of Otago (New Zealand), the University of Thessaloniki (Greece), the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) and at St George’s University (Grenada). Over the previous 15 years, I have been either an external examiner or an advisor/moderator at over 20 universities worldwide. I was a panellist for 2001 U.K. Research Assessment Exercise (Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Preclinical sciences Panel). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

For Learned Societies, I have been President of the European Federation for Experimental Morphology and President of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland. I am currently Educational Officer for the Anatomical Society  and President of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists. I am also Founder and President of the Trans-European Pedagogic Research Group for Anatomy (sponsored by EFEM).

For scientific journals, I am presently Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Anatomy and am a member of the editorial board of ANATOMY, International Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy.  I was a member of the editorial board of Medical Humanities. I was the founder of the journal Aging Cell and was a member of its management board.

In addition to my scientific interests, I have a major involvement in medical humanities and the arts.  With the artist Nick Cudworth, I have collaborated on the production of a series of Anatomical drawings.  The project was financed by an Arts Council grant.  With Ian Breakwell, I co-ordinated a project called “The Dance of Death” which received financial backing from the Wellcome Trust (Sci-Art grants).  The project re-examined the socio-cultural, psychological and medico-ethical issues relating to mortality.  An extensive catalogue (including essays by myself and Ian Breakwell) was produced.  I have worked with Karen Ingham on the development of the Wellcome Trust and AHRC supported “Anatomy Lessons” project that led to a series of large scale photo-works, video installations and public talks and to the publication of a well-illustrated book. We have also undertaken a project relating art, neuroscience (memory) and botany entitled “Seeds of Memory”that received AHRC funding. Recently, I was awarded a Leverhulme Grant to work with the artist Anne-Mie Melis on a project relating to plant sciences. I contributed to the Wellcome Trust’s exhibition “New Anatomists” (including an essay in the exhibition catalogue) and have delivered lectures on the scientific achievements of Leonardo da Vinci (“Da Vinci - Artist, Scientist, Inventor and Rogue”). I am currently writing a book concerned with the relationship between medicine and the arts. I have also organised exhibitions on the theme of “Images to accompany James Joyce’s Ulysses and have published 20 books related to this aspect. I organise seminars on the history of medicine and on art and medicine.