Gary L. Nieder

Neuroscience\, Cell Biology\, and Physiology


Human Structure Course Director; Graduate Embryology Course Director

Research Statement

Dr. Nieder is interested in the use of information technology and other methodology in teaching anatomy. Current projects include in-depth analysis of the factors influencing medical students’ use of online materials and the use of Team-based Learning in anatomy instruction. Dr. Nieder is also working with Dr. Kraszpulska to create an online dissection manual for gross anatomy. Past projects include the development of an online library of virtual anatomical specimens in the QuickTime VR and HTML 5 formats and a project creating a database of neurological teaching videos. Both of these projects have been funded by the National Library of Medicine and have resulted in web-based resources available for use by the medical education community.


Trelease, R.B. and G.L. Nieder. Transforming Clinical Imaging and 3D Data for Virtual Reality Learning Objects: HTML5 and Mobile Devices Implementation. Anat. Sci. Educ. 6:263-270 (2013).

Nieder, GL and N.J. Borges. An Eight Year Study of Online Lecture Use in a Medical Gross Anatomy and Embryology Course. Anat. Sci. Educ. 5:311-320 (2012)

Nieder, GL, N.J. Borges and J.C. Pearson. Medical Student Use of Online Lectures: Exam Performance, Learning Styles, Achievement Motivation and Gender. Medical Science Educator 21:222-228 (2011)

Nieder GL, D. Parmelee, A. Stolfi and P. Hudes. Team-based learning in a medical gross anatomy and embryology course. Clinical Anatomy 18:56-63 (2005).

Nieder GL, Nagy F, Wagner LA (2004) Preserving and sharing examples of anatomical variation and developmental anomalies via photorealistic virtual reality. Anatomical Record, New Anatomists (in press).

Wetzel AW, Nieder GL, Durka-Pelok G, Gest TR, Pomerantz SM, Nave D, Czanner S, Wagner L, Shirey E, Deerfield DW (2004) Photo-realistic representation of anatomical structures for medical education by fusion of volumetric and surface image data. Proc Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop. IEEE Computer Society (in press).

Pearson JC, Nieder GL, Mathews T, Anderson M, Kandasamy G (2003) Development of a database-driven website for distribution of neurological teaching videos. Program No. 24.7.2003 Society for Neuroscience.

Nieder GL, Nagy F (2002) An analysis of medical students' use of web-based resources for a gross anatomy and embryology course. Clin Anat 15:409-418.

Nieder GL, Nagy F, Pearson JC, Wagner LA (2002) QuickTime VR anatomical resource: a library of virtual anatomical objects for gross anatomy educators. International Association of Medical Science Educators Annual Meeting.

Durka-Pelok G, Gest T, Nieder GL, Weymouth T, Huang J, Wetzel A, Pomerantz S, Nave D, Athey B (2002) Creation of an educational visual module: integration of QTVR and the Visible Human Data Set. Proceedings of the Fourth Visible Human Conference.

Nieder GL, Nagy F, Wagmer L (2002) High-resolution photographic VR objects delivered over limited bandwidth using streaming image technology. Slice of Life 2002 (Program Abstracts).

Nieder GL, Scott J, Anderson MD (2000) Using QuickTime VR objects in computer-assisted instruction of gross anatomy: York-the VR Skull. Clin Anat 13:287-293.

Trelease RB, Nieder GL, Dorup J, Hansen M (2000) Going virtual with QuickTime VR: new standarized tools for interactive dynamic visualization of anatomical structures. Anatomical Record, New Anatomist 261:64-77.

Nieder GL, Anderson MD (2000) Inside the outside: viewing anatomical spaces with macropanoramic QuickTime VR. Slice of Life 2000 (Program Abstracts).

Pearson JC, Nieder GL, Anderson MD (2000) Wireless live video streaming from desktop computers using Sorenson Broadcaster. Slice of Life 2000 (Program Abstracts).

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