Dr Claire Aland

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow - School of Rural Medicine

Claire Aland

Biography

Dr Claire Aland is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Rural Medicine at the University of New England, and is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of Newcastle.

Dr Aland is currently engaged in several research projects in human anatomy with other researchers at UNE and other institutions in Australia and overseas.  The UNE research project looks at the structure and function of the small muscles of the  foot and their potential roles in gait.

Dr Aland has taught anatomy to many students both in Australia and in the United Kingdom where she worked for a number of years at St George's, University of London and Oxford University. Her other research interests include anatomical variations, or what makes us all different, and anatomical education.

In her spare time, she is a keen campanologist.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Science) – The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons I) – The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science – The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education – The University of Queensland
  • Certificate in Management (Chartered Management Institute of Great Britain)

Teaching Areas

  • Gross and Histological Anatomy
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy

Research Interests

  • Human Gross Anatomy, particularly variations in blood and nerve supply in the body
  • Anatomical Education, particularly for science and allied health students, and teaching anatomy teachers
  • Curriculum Development

Research Supervision Experience

Dr Aland has supervised a number of students from undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and degrees, both in Australia and in the United Kingdom.

Details:

St Georges, University of London 2009-2010 Intercalated BSc Projects

  • Leng, Catherine, "The course of the obturator artery, post obturator foramen"
  • Frankiel, Marek, "Anatomical variations to vascular supply to the elbow joint"
  • De Brett, Olivier, "Variations in vascular supply to the shoulder"
  • Pillai, Aswani, " Anatomy of the circumflex femoral artery and anatomoses of the hip"
  • Kaur, Jasleem, "Anatomical variations to vascular supply of the shoulder joint"

University of Queensland undergraduate research projects

  • Baron, Sophie (2004) Histology and Ultrastructure of the Prostate Gland of Antechinus subtropicus
  • Mohd Suhaimi, Norseha (2006) Structure of the kidney in the arid-adapted Phascogale calura.
  • George, Elizabeth (2006) Investigation of variations in the vascular supply to the glenohumeral joint
  • Slocombe, Paul (2006) Variations in the course of the obturator artery; relationship to the obturator foramen
  • Judges, Damon, (2006) Vascular supply to the elbow joint complex
  • Skeates, Chayel (2006) Anatomy of the cluneal nerves and their relationship to the iliac crest

Science Honours Projects

  • Oliver, James (2006) Comparing the effect of psychological and physical stressors on the hippocampus (Honours, Class IIA)
  • Harburg, Georgia (2007) The location, path and size of the cervical radicular arteries (Co-supervisor, Honours Class IIA).
  • Wisseman, Matthew (2007) Coccygeus and sacrospinous ligament: The same structure? (Co-supervisor, Honours Class I)
  • Doney,  Katie (2008) Differences in iron content in grey matter structures in Parkinson's Disease and Normal Brain Tissue (Honours Class I)

Medical Honours Projects

  • Slattery, David (2007-2008) Investigating the possibility of a subcutaneous fascial band from the skin to the extensor tendon at the distal interphalangeal joint (Supervisor Honours Class I)

Publications

Recent Publications

Sagoo, M.G., Aland, R.C. & Gosden, E. (2016) "Morphology and morphometry of the caudate lobe of the liver in two populations" Anatomical Science International, doi:10.1007/s12565-016-0365-7, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12565-016-0365-7/fulltext.html

Aland, R.C. & Shaw, V. (2016) "Divided maxillary artery in relation to the lateral pterygoid muscle"  Anatomical Science International, 91: 207. doi:10.1007/s12565-015-0289-7, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12565-015-0289-7

Shaw, V. and Aland, R.C., (2013)  "Meridians under the skin" Journal of the Acupuncture Association for Chartered Physiotherapists Spring: 75-82

Navi, A., Turner, E.J.. and Aland, R.C., (2012) "The course of the obturator artery following passage through the obturator foramen into the thigh" BMJ Case Reports doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5898

URL: http://casereports.bmj.com/content/2012/bcr.02.2012.5898.full

Ikonomopoulou, M.P., Aland, R.C., Ibrahim, K., Gosden, E. and Whittier, J.M., (2012) "Quantitative Sex Identification of Hatchling Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas)" Journal of Herpetology 46(3): 331-337, URL: http://www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1670/10-333

Manoharan, B., and Aland, R.C. (2010) "Atypical coeliomesenteric anastomosis: The presence of an anomalous fourth coeliac trunk branch" Clinical Anatomy, 23(8): 904-906 doi: 10/1002/ca.21024

Slattery, D., Aland, R., Durbridge, G. and Cowin, G., (2009) "Dorsal Digital Septum of the Distal Interphalangeal Joint" The Journal of Hand Surgery, 34(3), 467-473

Selected Conference Presentations

Aland, R.C., McMenamin, M., (2013) "Perceived benefit of anatomy teaching to post-graduate biomedical researchers" ANZACA Meeting, Brisbane, 29-30th November, 2013

Kippers, V., Morton, D.A., Newton, B.W., Aland, R.C., (2013) "Postgraduate Surgical Anatomy Education Focus Session" Panel Discussion IAMSE Meeting, St Andrew's, Scotland, June 2013

Aland, R.C., Christian, H., Mason, J., Young, D., Gosden, E., (2012) "Use of computer assisted cases to integrate knowledge and develop anatomical reasoning skills" ASGBI Summer Meeting, Edinburgh, 10-12th July, 2012

Shaw, V., Aland, R.C., (2012) "Possible concordances between acupuncture points and neurovascular structures of the leg" BACA Summer Meeting, Swansea, 19th July, 2012

Aland, R.C., Gosden, E., Adds, P. and Porter, J., (2011) "Do medical and biomedical students value dissection for learning human anatomy?" BACA Summer Meeting, University of Padua, Italy, 20th June -1st July, 2011

Ali, N., Turner, J. and Aland, R.C. (2011) "The course of the obturator artery following passage through the obturator foramen into the thigh" Association of Surgeons in Training Annual Conference, 2011, Abstract No: 0252

Aland, R.C., Gosden, E., Porter, J. and Adds, P., (2010) " Differing perceptions of dissection by biomedical science and medical students" The British Association of Clinical Anatomists Summer Meeting, St George's, University of London, London, UK, December 21st, 2010

Frenkiel, M. and Aland, R.C. (2010) "Collateral arteries of the upper limb: Does the collateral arterial supply actually exist in the adult? The British Association of Clinical Anatomists Summer Meeting, St George's, University of London, London, UK, December 21st, 2010

Kaur, J. and Aland, R.C. (2010) "Variability in the branches of the anterior and posterior circumflex humeral arteries supplying the shoulder joint and its associated structures" The British Association of Clinical Anatomists Summer Meeting, St George's, University of London, London, UK, December 21st, 2010

Leng, C. and Aland, R.C. (2010) " The course and distribution of the obturator artery, post-obturator foramen" The British Association of Clinical Anatomists Summer Meeting, St George's, University of London, London, UK, December 21st, 2010

Pillai, A. and Aland, R.C. (2010) "The superficial branch of the medial circumflex femoral artery in relation to the obturator foramen: Potential mechanism for injury" The British Association of Clinical Anatomists Summer Meeting, St George's, University of London, London, UK, December 21st, 2010

Aland, R.C., Porter, J. and Gosden, E.A. (2010) "Active learning in the Dissecting Room – Helping Learners to Learn" St George's, University of London, Annual Research Day 1st December, 2010, Programme and Abstract Handbook, Abstract 8, p15-16

Aland, R.C. and Gosden, E.A. (2010) "Self-assessment of Teaching Styles by Anatomy Demonstrators: Useful insight or misleading?" St George's, University of London, Annual Research Day 1st December, 2010, Programme and Abstract Handbook, Abstract, p16

Aland, R.C., Porter, J. and Gosden, E.A. (2010) "Active learning in the Dissecting Room – Helping Learners to Learn" International Society of Clinical and Applied Anatomy (ISCAA), Prague, Czech Republic, July 9-July 11, 2010 (Abstract)

Aland, R.C. and Gosden, E.A. (2010) "Self-assessment of Teaching Styles by Anatomy Demonstrators: Useful insight or misleading?" International Society of Clinical and Applied Anatomy (ISCAA), Prague, Czech Republic, July 9-July 11, 2010 (Abstract)

Aland, R.C., Porter, J., Adds, P. and Gosden, E. (2010) "Teaching to Learn: Incorporating models of teaching and learning into anatomical pedagogy" presented at the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Winter Meeting, Oxford University, Oxford, UK January 5-6, 2009, E6 page 8 abstract book

Aland, R.C., Gosden, E., Bazira, P. and Adds, P., (2009) "Passive/Active learning perception disparity between medical students, new and experienced teachers" St George's, University of London, Annual Research Day 2nd December, 2009, Programme and Abstract Handbook, Abstract 6, p14

Aland, R.C., Gosden, E., Bazira, P. and Adds, P., (2009) "Anatomy student learning styles: Self-assessment vs assessment by lecturers and demonstrators"  St George's, University of London, Annual Research Day 2nd December, 2009, Programme and Abstract Handbook, Abstract 7, p14-15

Sagoo, M. and Aland, R.C. (2009) "The morphology and morphometry of the caudate lobe of the liver in two populations" St George's, University of London, Annual Research Day 2nd December, 2009, Programme and Abstract Handbook, Abstract 130 p68

Sagoo, M. and Aland, R.C., (2009) "The morphology and morphometry of the caudate lobe of the liver in two populations" Surg. Radiol. Anat. Suppl1:pp107-108

Memberships

  • ANZACA – Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • ASGBI – Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • BACA – British Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • IAMSE  – International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • AMEE  – Association for Medical Education in Europe

Awards

    • 2012 OxTalent Award Winner (Oxford Teaching and Learning Enhanced by New Technology) for Use of Weblearn to support a course or programme of study, Oxford University
    • 2005 Teaching Excellence Award (The University of Queensland)