Simon Parson is Professor and Lead in Anatomy at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. He is an experienced and enthusiastic teacher and researcher, with a pragmatic approach; preferring to do rather than talk about innovation. In his current role at the University of Aberdeen he is responsible for delivering anatomical teaching to over 800 students per year in medicine and science. He uses a structured and layered approach to ensure that all student learning styles are catered for. Simon has previously held academic positions at University of Leeds and University of Edinburgh, having completed his PhD in Neuroscience at University of Edinburgh, and his BSc (Hons) at University of Durham. He is currently, and has been external examiner at several medical schools in the UK. Together these have provided a wealth of experiences upon which he has built his educational approaches. He is a supporter of peer assisted learning and all forms of student involvement in the curriculum.
Simon also runs an active research laboratory where his chief interests lie in Spinal Muscular Atrophy and in documenting the full pathological implications of this inherited childhood motor neurone disease.
He is an active member of the Anatomical Society having held a role on council for 7 years and acting as Meetings Officer for 6 years where he had organised the bi-annual meetings of the Society. He was awarded Fellowship of the Anatomical Society (FAS) in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to research and teaching in Anatomy. He is Programme Secretary for the upcoming meeting of the IFAA in London in June 2019.