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Dr Mark Hill


School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW AUSTRALIA, Sydney 2052 AUSTRALIA

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From the Archive - Embryology online 1990's

A personal message from Dr Mark Hill (May 2020)  
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I have decided to take early retirement in September 2020. During the many years online I have received wonderful feedback from many readers, researchers and students interested in human embryology. I especially thank my research collaborators and contributors to the site. The good news is Embryology will remain online and I will continue my association with UNSW Australia. I look forward to updating and including the many exciting new discoveries in Embryology!


Mark Hill Med Prac 2019
Mark Hill Med Prac 2019
Blechschmidt Models (2013)
UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award (2012)
Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2011)
The original webpage (1997)

Welcome to 2021!

An international collaborative project, based upon my study leave, has opened and over the next few years will result in a key new online research and educational resource (Digital Embryology Consortium - Information). During 2016 to 2018 I have made international embryology presentations in Germany, Spain, Japan, USA and Netherlands. In 2019, the first publications from this large collaboration have now appeared.

Mark Hill (talk) 14:12, 1 December 2021 (AEDT)


Kyoto Embryo Collection - cover.jpg Hill MA. Shiota K. Yamada S. and Ho C. Kyoto Embryology Collection. (2016) Apple iTunes. Retrieved from:

Book Chapters

Hill M, 2019, 'Skin and Integument', in Brüne M;Schiefenhövel W (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Medicine, pp. 301 - 356.

Hill M, 2016, 'Hearing Development: Embryology of the Ear', in Tharpe AM;Seewald RC (ed.), Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology, edn. 2nd New edition, Plural Publishing Inc, San Diego, United States, pp. 1 - 22.

Yamada S; Hill M; Takakuwa T, 2015, 'Human Embryology', in Wu B (ed.), New Discoveries in Embryology, InTech, pp. 97 - 124,

Some Recent Papers

Hill MA. (2019). Two Web Resources Linking Major Human Embryology Collections Worldwide. Cells Tissues Organs (Print) , , 1-10. PMID: 30673660 DOI.

Hill MA. (2018). Developing the Digital Kyoto Collection in Education and Research. Anat Rec (Hoboken) , , . PMID: 29663673 DOI.

Caplan GA, Tai J, Mohd Hanizan F, McVeigh CL, Hill MA & Poljak A. (2017). Cerebrospinal Fluid Apolipoprotein E Levels in Delirium. Dement Geriatr Cogn Dis Extra , 7, 240-248. PMID: 28868067 DOI.

Agar MR, Lawlor PG, Quinn S, Draper B, Caplan GA, Rowett D, Sanderson C, Hardy J, Le B, Eckermann S, McCaffrey N, Devilee L, Fazekas B, Hill M & Currow DC. (2017). Efficacy of Oral Risperidone, Haloperidol, or Placebo for Symptoms of Delirium Among Patients in Palliative Care: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med , 177, 34-42. PMID: 27918778 DOI.


2019 - "Opening up the treasure chest: mass digitization of historic histological slides" Giere, Peter; Lächele, Ulla; Schurian, Bernhard; Hill, Mark. International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (June 2019 Prague)

2017 - DEC Berlin Meeting (2017)


Göttingen (Apr 2015) Kyoto (Nov 2015) Washington (Dec 2015)
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Microscopy - Digitization in Science (2015)

Microscopy - Digitization in Science (2015)

An eBook on the Kyoto Collection has been published online. I have co-authored a chapter on human embryology (2015), written a new edition book chapter on the development of hearing (2016) and the integumentary system (2018).

As always, I am indebted to the many researchers, clinicians, educators and students who over the years have contributed to this site. In particular, Prof Kohei Shiota and Prof Kathy Sulik who have provided the exceptional images of human embryonic development. I hope you enjoy learning about the amazing early events that make us what we are, and I am always happy to hear from readers.

Conference Posters

Hill M;Mobbs S, 2016, 'Ready, Set, Go! Student Engagement Before the Class Begins.', pp. 38 - 38, presented at UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, 31 - 31 October 2016, ROS ID: 851254

Velan G;de Permentier PJ;Hill M;Dowdell S, 2016, 'Online Practical Examinations Using Adaptive Tutorial Technology', UNSW Australia, presented at UNSW Learning and Teaching Forum, UNSW Australia, 31 - 31 October 2016, ROS ID: 851233

Recent Changes

  • For tracking general website updates see New.
  • The discussion tabs on many pages now have an automated PubMed search option listing the latest papers.

Why move?

1997 Embryology Online

The original 1997 online teaching site was quite small and intended to allow students to work through embryonic cross-sections to identify developmental structures and their relationships at different time-points. The development of the internet then allowed this to be more easily shared with others outside the UNSW campus. The site then grew as support descriptions and notes were added and specific systems were grouped together. Then abnormalities in development, animations, research notes and many other development related topics were added.

The site was extensively remodelled in 2000 and again in 2003 to allow a clearer and cleaner layout taking advantage of the new internet speeds, layout tools and google search options. Even with this reorganisation students often found with the original large site (3000+ pages) navigation and finding resources difficult.

What about the original website?

Unfortunately, the original site has now been retired and if you have bookmarked original pages they will no longer function. There are still copies of many of these original page versions archived as Internet Archive "Wayback Machine" captures.

2009 - 2010

Moving to this new site allows many new possibilities including:

  1. Page layout, navigation and searching is more recognisable in this "wiki" format.
  2. Undergraduate course materials can be much better organised, audio added and content more easily printed.
  3. Students can now also work online on individual, group and research projects.
  4. Images and movies can be added in a range of sizes and formats.
  5. Referencing, links and categories can be more easily organised.
  6. Addition of online assessment tools and quizzes.
  7. Course contributors and researchers can now also make direct contributions to the online site in their specialty areas.


I have also given a seminar on the pedagogy of online teaching UNSW Learning and Teaching Seminar 2012.


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