Sessions will include:

  • Education Issues
  • Administrative and Government Matters
  • Scientific Talks


The 2018 annual meeting registration form has been attached for your convenience. (2018 Registration Form)

  • Meeting registration for members: $425
  • Meeting registration for emeritus members: $225
  • Registration for guests: $225


Reservations can be made using the following options.

  • Phone in reservation: Contact the reservation number: 1-888-830-9008 identify yourself as AACBNC 2018
    annual meeting with group code#G143PW
  • Email reservations: Complete the Hotel Reservation form and return to res2facb@posadas.com

A deposit equal to one night’s stay will be charged to your credit card when making your reservation.

Group rates are available 3 days pre and post meeting dates based on hotel availability.

All- inclusive rates:

***These rates are per person, per day and do not include 16% VAT***

***Should VAT benefit compliance not be achieved all-inclusive rates are as follows***

Hotel inclusions:

  • Open breakfast at Vina del Mar Restaurant during regular operational hours.
  • Open lunch at Isla Contoy, Pool & Beach or Coral Café during regular operational hours
  • Open dine around a la carte (3 courses) or buffet at resort restaurants during regular operational hours.
 *Additional charge will apply for Le Basilic
  • International open bar during all meal consumptions at resort restaurants and bars during regular operational
  • Snacks at available bars during regular operational hours.


 1.  Car rental from the airport. There’s no charge for hotel parking.

 2.  Private vehicle to and from Cancun International Airport to hotel  (
Click here for more info)

 3.  Taxi from hotel to Cancun International Airport
      Taxi’s are not available from airport to hotel

Cancun tours and other activities have been attached for your convenience.

2018 AACBNC Annual Winter Conference
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach
Cancun, Mexico
January 24-28, 2018
AACBNC annual winter conference will be held January 24-28, 2018 at the
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Mexico.
Single occupancy rate
Double occupancy rate
Junior Suite
$250 pp
Master Suite
$379 pp
Single occupancy rate
Double occupancy rate
Junior Suite
$286 pp
Master Suite
$435 pp
  • $70 (1-4 people)
  • $90 (5-12 people)
  • $25 (1-4 people)
  • $50 (5-12 people)
            AACBNC Meeting 2018
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach

Cancun, Mexico
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Hospitality Desk
3:00 - 4:00 pm
Handouts and Name Badge pick up
4:00 - 6:00 pm
AACBNC Executive Committee Meeting
Sunrise Terrace
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Welcome Reception - All Members and Guests (Supported by AAA)
Thursday, January 25, 2018 (SCIENCE)
  6:00-10:00 am
Breakfast Buffet
Vina De Mar
8:00- 9:00 am
Spouses and Guests breakfast social
Coral Sea Room
8:00 - 8:10 am
Welcome- Lawrence Rothblum, PhD
Coral Sea Room
8:10 - 9:00 am
“Novel ways to explore the 3D architecture of the cells and tissues”
Gabriella Kiss, PhD
Cell Biology Consultant & Business Development
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Coral Sea Room
9:00 - 10:00 am
“The Etiology and Pathogenesis of Congenital Ribosomopathy Disorders and
the Potential for their Prevention”  
Paul Trainor, PhD
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Coral Island Room
10:00-10:30 am
Coffee Break
Coral Sea Room
10:30-11:30 am
“Cilia and the cell cycle”
Leonidas Tsiokas, PhD
Professor, Department of Cell Biology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Coral Sea Room
11:30 -12:00 pm
Open discussion
  1:00 - 6:30 pm
Tulum Archeological tour (optional)
Friday, January 26 ,2018 (POLICY)
  6:00 - 10:00 am
Breakfast Buffet
Coral Sea Room
8:00 - 8:40 am
“Managing mice in the age of CRISPR. Thinking differently about space, per
diems and ensuring access to mouse models.”
Rob Taft, PhD
Director, Reproductive Technologies and Business Development
The Jackson Laboratory
Coral Sea Room
8:40 - 9:20 am
“Diversifying the Biomedical Research Workforce:
The National Research Mentoring Network”
Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD
Regents Professor and Vice President
Founding Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities
Principal Investigator, National Research Mentoring Network
Coral Sea Room
9:20 - 9:30 am
“Summary of FASEB Subcommittee on training”
Rick Sumner, PhD –  D. Rick Sumner, PhD, FAAA
The Mary Lou Bell McGrew Presidential Professor for Medical Research
Secretary Treasurer of AACBNC
Coral Sea Room
9:30 - 10:00 am
Discussion-  Faculty recruiting, mentoring and development
Coral Island Room
10:00 - 10:30 pm
Coffee Break
Coral Sea Room
10:30 - 11:30 pm
“Update from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education:     
New Standards and Processes”
Barbara Barzansky, PhD, M.H.P.E.
LCME Co-Secretary, American Medical Association
Coral Sea Room
11:30 - 12:00 pm
Discussion- LCME standards
Sunrise Terrace
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Coral Garden Ballroom
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Banquet – Members and Guests
Saturday, January 27, 2018  (EDUCATION)
  6:00 - 10:00 am
Breakfast Buffet
Coral Sea Room
8:00 - 8:40 am
“Anatomy in six easy weeks”
Dan O’Donoghue, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Cell Biology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Coral Sea Room
8:40 - 9:20 am
"Anatomy in the 2000's"
Kirk McHugh, PhD
Professor and Divisional Director, Department of Biomedical Education &
Ohio State University
Coral Sea Room
9:20 - 10:00 am
“Integration of Radiology in the teaching of Human Structure”
Rebecca Lynn Pratt, PhD
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Coral Island Room
10:00- 10:30 am
Coffee Break
Coral Sea Room
10:30 - 11:15 pm
“Recent Survey Results and Trends in Anatomical Sciences Education”
Richard Drake, PhD
Director of Anatomy and Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
Coral Sea Room
11:15 -12:00 pm
Business meeting
Sunday, January 28, 2018
  6:00 - 10:00 am
Breakfast Buffet
7:30 - 9:00 am
Closing Discussion and Departure

              2018 meeting program will be emailed.


Be sure to enjoy a meal at one of the all-inclusive restaurants available at the resort before departure.

  • 1:00 pm         Pick-up at hotel. Transfer to Tulum Archaeological site.
  • 3:00 pm         Arrival to Tulum for guided tour and self exploration
  • 4:30 pm         Departure from Tulum and transfer to the hotel.
  • 6:30 pm         Estimated arrival to hotel

The tour includes

Air conditioned vehicles

Beverages on board: Soft drinks, bottled water (3 drinks per person)

Official Tourism Guide in English

Admission fee in Tulum

Comfortable clothing is suggested: T-shirts, Tennis Shoes, Sunglasses, Cameras, etc.

Please note, handicap facilities are not available.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact:
Rita Eaddy (312) 942-5501 or