Limbic Brain                                          Anatomy Course (2-day)                         

3rd - 4th April 2017   ...places available NOW!                    (Venue: SOAS, University of London)                               


Structural and functional neuroanatomy course for  neurology, psychiatry and  neuroscience


Venue: King's College London, Guy's Campus, SE1

Course director:                                                                               Dr Paul Johns, BSc BM MSc FAcadMEd FRCPath            

  • More advanced structural and functional neuroanatomy course
  • Presented in a very clear, logical and memorable style
  • Focuses on the limbic lobe, hippocampus, amygdala, prefrontal cortex and 'limbic' loops of the basal ganglia
  • Includes the basal forebrain / substantia innominata, 'extended amygdala' and diffuse neurochemical systems
  • Emphasises core limbic brain structures of central importance in clinical neurology, psychiatry and the imaging neurosciences

Mean feedback score (July 2013): 4.9/5.0

Course fee: £295

(2-day course, includes refreshments and course handbook)

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Who is the course suitable for?

Anyone with an interest in the anatomical basis of emotion, cognition, memory and behaviour, including:

- NHS consultants and trainees (all grades), medical students and related healthcare professionals in psychiatry, clinical neurology / neurosciences

- Trainees in neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery

- neuroscientists, psychologists and imaging scientists interested in or conducting research in emotion, cognition, memory or behaviour


Read a review

This is a new 2-day programme which has been developed and expanded from our popular 1-day course "Neuroanatomy for Psychiatry" to include additional material suitable for a much wider audience within clinical neurology, psychiatry - and the imaging neurosciences.

The original course has been reviewed by Dr Afsaneh Tajer (Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, National Centre for Brain Injury Rehabilitation) in the newsletter of the British Neuropsychiatry Association (BNPA).

 Download a copy of the review




This special two-day programme provides a clear and focused review of functional neuroanatomy with particular emphasis on key structures and systems of relevance to psychiatric practice. It is ideal for delegates who have already attended the 3-day programme or who already have a good understanding of basic brain anatomy.

The course begins with a historical overview of the 'limbic system' concept before moving on to provide a clear, logical account of the latest anatomical understanding of core limbic brain areas including the limbic lobe, cingulate region (four-region model), hippocampal formation, fimbria-fornix, prefrontal cortex and orbitofrontal region, septal area, amygdaloid body and the 'extended amygdala' concept.

The key components of the basal forebrain, substantia innominata, reticular formation and diffuse neurochemical systems are also examined, together with the functional organisation of the basal ganglia (and ventral striatum) and their relevance to neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases - including the parallel cognitive, motor and affective loops that form the interface between thought, emotion and action.


Course programme     

This course will take place at SOAS, Univeristy of London, WC1.

(See venue information here).


Monday 3rd April 2017

09.30 - 10.00     Registration and coffee                         

10.00 - 10.20     Introduction and historical overview                       (origin and critisism of the visceral brain and 'limbic system' concept)                            

10.20 - 11.00     The limbic lobe and cingulate region                          (mood, emotion, motivation/drive and the anatomy of voluntary action)

11.00 - 11.30     Coffee

11.30 - 12.30     Hippocampus, entorhinal cortex and fornix              (episodic memory, spatial navigation and medial temporal lobe amnesia)

12.30 - 13.30     Lunch break       

13.30 - 14.30     Prefrontal region and orbitomedial prefrontal cortex (intelligence, personality, goal-directed behaviour and frontal syndromes)

14.30 - 15.00     Tea                                                                          

15.00 - 16.00     Amygdala: anatomy, connections and function (emotional expression, fear, implicit learning and anxiety disorders)

16.00 - 16.15     Questions / comments

Tuesday 4th April 2017

10.00 - 11.00     Insula and paralimbic cortex: topography and function (visceral, somatic, cognitive and language functions of the insula)

11.00 - 11.30     Coffee

11.30 - 12.30     Septal area and diffuse neurochemical systems (reticular formation, chemical neuroanatomy and neurotropic agents)

12.30 - 13.30     Lunch break       

13.30 - 14.30     Olfactory areas, basal forebrain and extended amygdala (the 'substantia innominata' and primary olfactory areas demystified)

14.30 - 15.00     Tea                                                                          

15.00 - 16.00     Ventral striatum and non-motor basal ganglia loops (the anatomical interface between cognition, emotion and behaviour)

16.00 - 16.15     Concluding remarks - and Close


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