TEPARG was founded in 2003 when Bernard Moxham, the then President of the European Federation for Experimental Morphology, was thinking about establishing a number of European-wide groups to further research in the anatomical sciences. At this time, he had become increasingly concerned about the future direction of anatomy and, seeing the way in which the discipline was losing influence and esteem in various scientific arenas, he wanted to boast international opinion in order to counter such trends. He was particularly concerned that changes to the teaching of the anatomical sciences were not evidence-based and consequently TEPARG was established to help rectify this situation. Invitations to join the group were sent to academics known for conducting good pedagogic research and to those who were enthusiastic about teaching anatomy. Odile Plaisant in France agreed to organise the first face-to-face meeting of TEPARG in Paris and these continued very successfully there each March until 2020 when it was agreed that Barcelona would take on the responsibility. In 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted remotely over the internet. The group has published papers on legal aspects of body donation in Europe and on attitudes of students to the importance of the various anatomical sciences. It has organised sessions at international conferences and, with the International Federation of Associations of Anatomy, has participated in the development of core anatomical syllabuses. Its meeting in 2021 was concerned with the effects of COVID-19 on the teaching of anatomy. The Presidents of TEPARG have been: Bernard Moxham (UK), Stephen McHanwell (UK) and Odile Plaisant (Fr). A new President will be inaugurated in March 2021.

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