The annual conference of the International Anaplastology Association was an
uplifting experience. I am interested in pursuing a career in facial prosthetics, and I
became a student member of the organization in order to start learning more about
current developments in the field. This year’s meeting took place in downtown
One of my instructors is a professional member of the organization, and he
presented at the conference. I was fortunate enough to co-present with him during
a workshop demonstration of a process called photogrammetry. I was also able to
speak with several students currently in training, as well as a few professionals to
ask for advice.
The conference was so incredible, featuring a speaker from the National Cancer
Society, a plastic surgeon doing research on adipose stem cells, students, and other
prosthetics professionals from around the world. Attendees from Belgium, France,
India, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Australia and all over the United States took part.
I learned a lot about technological possibilities in prosthetics by speaking to vendors
specializing in silicone production, mixing machines, 3D printing, laser scanning,
and magnetic bone implants. The information I gathered has helped me in my
decision for a thesis topic for the coming school year.
Thank you very much to the GSA for supporting my trip.