Anatomy Professor Ceri Davies, Imperial College
I started my association with Professor Ceri Davies in 2007 whilst he was Professor of Anatomy at St George’s School of Medicine and this continued when he later moved to Imperial College London as the Head of Anatomy.
Professor Davies took the lead in opening up the dissection room to a wide range of therapists and personally led private anatomical study days for Pilates and Yoga instructors, as well as many other practitioners from the field of complementary medicine such as sports medicine osteopathy, chiropractic and massage. Having overseen this initiative at St George’s, he continued this forward-thinking approach at Imperial College London.
He was responsible for the running of Gil Hedley’s longer five and six day, hands-on dissection classes at both St George’s and Imperial for a number of years. In 2015 he was invited by me in my capacity of board member, to be a keynote speaker at the UK’s first British Fascia Symposium. He has personally overseen, encouraged and approved my own dissection teaching projects at Imperial College and has taught alongside me in the DR on many occasions.
As someone who in the past championed the idea of opening up the field of anatomical study to a wider audience, Professor Davies has been fundamental in allowing this to happen, in spite of coming under fire following an inaccurate and misleading article in the Daily Mail in 2015.
His interest and support for a wider understanding of fascia and connective tissue from a functional perspective resulted in him inviting me to address third-year medical students. This has not yet been held due to time and curriculum pressures.
In 2014 he gave his written seal of approval to the (yet to be realised) ‘Living Fascial Anatomy Study’ proposal – an initiative which would see prospective donors interviewed and filmed to establish how connective tissue is laid down over a lifetime and to undertake the first ‘post mortem’ study of function.
Professor Davies and I sat together for many years on the Council of the Institute of Anatomical Sciences for whom I continue to serve. Professor Davies resigned as president of the IAS in 2019.
I look forward to many years of extending my co-operation within the field of anatomy with the continued encouragement, support and valued friendship of Professor Davies, whose legacy in opening up the study of anatomy will be long-lasting and whose past efforts will not go unrecognised or forgotten.
I am delighted to clarify that currently I am not associated with Imperial College London or Professor Ceri Davies. Whilst he has wholeheartedly endorsed and encouraged my activities in the past, is keen to avoid any conflict of interest and has therefore established some distance between himself and my activities at the present time.