Official Organ of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology

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Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embriology

The Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology was founded in 1901 by Giulio Chiarugi, Anatomist at Florence University, and hence ever devoted to the progress and diffusion of science in the fields of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology.
The Journal will continue to be devoted to publish original, research or review papers dealing with the entire field of anatomy and embryology of vertebrates, from clinical anatomy to cell and developmental biology, with special regard to human and veterinary medicine and including medical education in those fields.

Domenico Ribatti, University of Bari, Italy

Domenico Ribatti was born on December 27, 1956. He was awarded his M.D. degree on October 1981. In 2008, he received the honoris causa degree in Medicine and Pharmacy form the University of Timisoara (Romania). His present position is full professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Bari Medical School. DR is author of 756 publications as reported in PUBmed and contributed to 45 chapters to books. Overall, his papers have been cited 36565 times (scopus “h” index: 99) (Google-Scholar)

Managing Editor
Ferdinando Paternostro, University of Firenze, Italy

I. Fazzari, E. Allara, G.C. Balboni, E. Brizzi, G. Gheri, P. Romagnoli

Editorial Board

  • Gianfranco Alpini, Indiana University, USA
  • Giuseppe Anastasi, University of Messina, Italy
  • Juan Arechaga, University of Leioa, Spagna
  • Erich Brenner, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Marina Bentivoglio, University of Verona, Italy
  • Anca M. Cimpean, University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Lucio I. Cocco, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Bruna Corradetti, Houston Methodist Hospital, USA
  • Raffaele De Caro, University of Padova, Italy
  • Valentin Djonov, University of Berne, Switzerland
  • Amelio Dolfi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Roberto di Primio, University of Ancona, Italy
  • Gustavo Egea, University of Barcellona, Spagna
  • Antonio Filippini, University “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy
  • Eugenio Gaudio, University of Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy
  • Paolo Mazzarello, University of Pavia, Italy
  • Thimios Mitsiadis, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • John H. Martin, City University New York, USA
  • Paolo Mignatti, New York University, USA
  • Stefania Montagnani, University of Napoli, Italy
  • Michele Papa, University of Napoli, Italia
  • Jeroen Pasterkamp, University of Utrecht, The Netehrlands
  • Francesco Pezzella, University of Oxford, UK
  • Marco Presta, University of Brescia, Italy
  • Jose Sañudo, University of Madrid, Spain
  • Gigliola Sica, University “Cattolica”, Roma, Italy
  • Michail Sitkovsky, Harvard University, Boston, USA
  • Carlo Tacchetti, University “Vita-Salute San Raffaele”, Milano, Italy
  • Sandra Zecchi, University of Firenze, Italy

The Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology, founded in 1901 by Giulio Chiarugi, Anatomist at Florence University, is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Italian Society of Anatomy and Embryology. The journal publishes original papers, invited review articles, historical article, commentaries, obituary, and book reviews. Its main focus is to understand anatomy through an analysis of structure, function, development and evolution. Priority will be given to studies of that clearly articulate their relevance to the anatomical community. Focal areas include: experimental studies, contributions based on molecular and cell biology and on the application of modern imaging techniques; comparative functional morphology; developmental biology; functional human anatomy; methodological innovations in anatomical research; significant advances in anatomical education. Studies that are essentially descriptive anatomy are appropriate only if they communicate clearly a broader functional or evolutionary significance. All papers should be submitted in English and must be original works that are unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. An international Editorial Board and reviewers from the anatomical disciplines guarantee a rapid review of your paper within two to three weeks after submission.

Key words:
anatomy, evolution, function, developmental biology, anatomical approaches, bioinformatics, molecular biology, cell biology, form and function, morphogenesis, pattern formation, organogenesis, brain, neural development, neurogenesis, nervous system, cardiac, vasculature, muscle, skeleton, skin, tissue repair, tissue engineering, regeneration, stem cells, cell-cell signaling, extracellular matrix, genetics, epigenetics, gene expression.