Dr Maniccam Thavarajah is a Senior Teaching Fellow in human anatomy at the Human Anatomy Unit, Imperial College London since 2009. He is a key facilitator of anatomy education for 6 year MBBS, and graduate entry medical students. He has been a human anatomist for more than 35 years and has major interests in medical education, living and surface anatomy, imaging anatomy, basic clinical skills, and clinical applications of anatomy. He believes that anatomy should be taught in self-directed small groups with hands-on approach and it should be contextualised, functionally relevant, and clinically important.
Thavarajah is currently an external examiner in anatomy for the MBBS degrees at Keele University, and King’s College London, BDS degree at the University of Manchester, and Bachelor of Medical Science (BMS) degree at the University of Sheffield. He is also involved in teaching surgical anatomy to Core Surgical Trainees at the Royal College of Surgeons.
Before joining Imperial, Thavarajah was a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences at the University of Southampton Medical School. Here he developed and implemented an entire anatomy curriculum for the Graduate Entry Medicine (BM4) course since its inception in 2004 for which he received the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2007.
Thavarajah has taught all branches of human anatomy across case based, system based, and regional anatomy courses to medical, dental, allied health sciences, and postgraduate students. In addition, with his dentistry background, he has a special interest and excellent expertise in teaching Head & Neck anatomy, dental histology, and embryology to dental undergraduates and postgraduates.
Thavarajah graduated in Dentistry from the University of Sri Lanka in 1974 and practised clinical dentistry before taking up an anatomy lectureship in the same university. He went on to receive his MMedSc and PhD training from the University of Sheffield, UK. He wrote his master’s thesis on ‘the Role of Cytoskeleton in the Secretion in the Rabbit Parotid Gland’ and his PhD thesis, on ‘Studies of the Functional and Phenotypic Characterization of Human Bone Cells in vitro and in vivo’. He also received WHO Oral Health Fellowship, Yorkshire Cancer Research Council Scholarship, and Monash Research Scholarship.
Thavarajah has worked for two years as a pre-implantation mammalian embryologist in the human in-vitro fertilization (IVF) team, led by Professor Carl Wood, at Monash University, Australia. Here, he evaluated in vitro culture systems for early embryos, assisted in the routine operation of embryo culture laboratory, and undertook light and electron microscopic study of early embryos. Back in the UK, Thavarajah worked as postdoctoral research associate on an MRC programme grant for six years in the Human Bone Research group led by Professors RGG Russell and JA Kanis at the University of Sheffield. He researched on the differentiation, characterization, and function of human osteoblasts and osteoclasts by using a variety of techniques such as cell and organ cultures, enzyme histochemistry, immunocytochemistry, light and electron micorscopy.
Currently, Thavarajah is a member of the British Association of Clinical Anatomists (BACA), Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), Institute of Anatomical Sciences (IAS), and Association of Basic Science Teachers in Dentistry (ABSTD).
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THAVARAJAH M, EVANS DB, KANIS JA, 1993, DIFFERENTIATION OF HETEROGENEOUS PHENOTYPES IN HUMAN OSTEOBLAST CULTURES IN RESPONSE TO 1,25-DIHYDROXYVITAMIN-D3, Bone, Vol:14, ISSN:8756-3282, Pages:763-767
et al., 1991, ACTIONS OF CALCIPOTRIOL (MC-903), A NOVEL VITAMIN-D3 ANALOG, ON HUMAN BONE-DERIVED CELLS - COMPARISON WITH 1,25-DIHYDROXYVITAMIN-D3, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Vol:6, ISSN:0884-0431, Pages:1307-1315
THAVARAJAH M, EVANS DB, KANIS JA, 1991, 1,25(OH)2D3 INDUCES DIFFERENTIATION OF OSTEOCLAST-LIKE CELLS FROM HUMAN BONE-MARROW CULTURES, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol:176, ISSN:0006-291X, Pages:1189-1195
EVANS DB, THAVARAJAH M, KANIS JA, 1991, IMMUNOREACTIVITY AND PROLIFERATIVE ACTIONS OF BETA-2 MICROGLOBULIN ON HUMAN BONE-DERIVED CELLS-INVITRO, Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol:175, ISSN:0006-291X, Pages:795-803