Pathology and the anatomical sciences form a bridge between the basic sciences and clinical medicine. Anatomical sciences provide an understanding of the structure and function of the body; pathology provides an understanding of all aspects of human disease. At the University of Missouri, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences is a single academic department encompassing all of these areas.

Faculty in the department teach and conduct research in functional anatomy, histology, cell biology, evolutionary morphology, neuroscience, pathobiology, and laboratory medicine, and practice medicine in anatomic pathology, forensic pathology, and clinical pathology (laboratory medicine).

Our web site has navigation bars on the right to view educational programs, clinical services, and research areas of interest. The divisions of the department are Anatomical Sciences (which includes integrative/functional anatomy and histology), Clinical Pathology (which includes all laboratory testing), Anatomic Pathology (which includes all biopsies and Pap smears), and Forensic Services (including the medical examiner service for Boone and Callaway counties).

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The Evolution of Human Anatomy and Locomotion was the topic of Dr. Carol Ward’s recent talk during the American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting which was held in Boston, MA. For further information regarding her talk, click here

Gift of Body Commemoration is scheduled for March 20, 2013 from noon to 1:00PM. The department receives bodies donated by those who want to advance scientific investigation and education of students training to be doctors, nurses, and other health professionals. Bodies are also used by physicians and researchers who are involved in more specific anatomical studies in medical specialties such as orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, and plastic surgery. This event will honor donors who have given their bodies to advance medicine at MU.

On March 9, 2013 the Columbia Public Schools’ Planetarium, the Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences and the Department of Anthropology teamed up to show just how our changing planet effected life on its surface by presenting “Earth’s Wild Ride”: Dinosaurs, Cave Men, and Our Changing Planet. Approximately 12-15 students and faculty ran tables and activities associated with the fossil record, extinction events, and global climate change geared towards students ranging K-12 and their families.

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