Congratulations to Dr Ming Zhang and BSc(Hons) student Anu Kaw whose research image will appear on the cover of the May 2016 edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG). AJOG is ranked third out of seventy nine international journals on obstetrics and gynaecology, and has an impact factor of 4.704.
The image shows the configuration of the rectovaginal septum in a 2.5mm body slice preserved using epoxy sheet plastination technology. It is part of a journal article written by Dr Zhang and Ms Kaw which clarifies a clinical anatomy issue which has remained controversial for over a century.
One reviewer commented that the article was "pithy, illuminating, and a useful examination of an age-old question. It is an issue that needs clarification".
The reported results are part of a trans-Tasman project which aims to improve the quality of rectal cancer operative surgery. The research is funded by the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand Foundation.
Ms Kaw has published three papers from this research:
1) Kaw A, Jones DG and Zhang M. The use of animal tissues alongside human tissue: cultural and ethical considerations. Clinical Anatomy 29: 19-24 (2016)
2) Zhang M, Kaw A, Chapuis PH and Bokey L. Does Denonvilliers' fascia exist in women? Am J Obstet Gynecol (published online) (2016). DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.12.057
3) Chapuis PH, Kaw A, Zhang M, Sinclair G and Bokey L. Rectal mobilisation: the "place" of Denonvilliers' fascia and inconsistencies in the literature. Colorectal Disease (accepted) (2016)
The full article is available online (DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2015.12.057). The journal will be published in May.
This is the third time Dr Ming Zhang has had an image featured on the cover of an international journal. Images from previous articles have graced the covers of Acta Neurochirurgica (the European Journal of Neurosurgery) in 2014, and the Journal of Voice (the journal of the Voice Foundation and the International Association of Phonosurgery) in 2013.