TAGLIACOZZI RESEARCH FUND AND FELLOW
As luck would have it, not long after this realisation, Dr. Mendelson was contacted by a young plastic surgery resident from Belgium, dr. Lennert Van Putte-Minelli who presented him with a series of anatomical questions and the proposition to investigate these together. Prof. Ashton and Dr. Mendelson subsequently invited him to attend the MAFAC 2019 course in Brisbane, which featured Andrew Jacono and Sam Hamra, after which they spent time in Melbourne to discuss possible research projects.
A Research Fellowship was established in the new Melbourne Academy of Surgical Anatomy within the Department of Anatomy and named the Tagliacozzi Research Fund, after Gaspare Tagliacozzi, Professor of Surgery and Anatomy in Bologna in the sixteenth century. Without doubt, Tagliacozzi is the founding father of plastic surgery, even though he lived well before it was known by that name. His flap technique for reconstruction of nasal and other deformities was described and illustrated in the first textbook of plastic surgery, De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem (‘The surgery of defects by grafting’), in 1597.
Lennert left the training program in December 2019, passed the Australian Medical Council exam in February 2020 and started working with Dr. Mendelson in March 2020. He is currently working with the MAFAC faculty on a theory on the facial retaining system, prevention of recurrent platysma banding and improving facelift outcomes on the corner of the mouth and the nasolabial fold. To keep the Faculty and MAFAC members up to date on the research being performed by our fellow, an “Anatomy News – Tagliacozzi’s Corner” was added to the website.
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