About the course director

Dr Johns trained at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square, London) and the UCL Institute of Neurology. He is Consultant Neuropathologist and Honorary Reader in Clinical Neuroanatomy.


He is the author of:

Clinical Neuroscience: An Illustrated Colour Text, 1e

Dr Johns is a highly-enthusiastic neuroanatomy tutor with experience teaching brain anatomy to a wide range of students at all levels of competency, who consistently receives outstanding feedback.


He received the 2017 Farquharson Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was shortlisted for the 2018 Royal Society of Biology Higher Education Biosciences Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr Johns regularly teaches undergraduate medical students and lectures on several postgraduate programmes including courses for the Institute of Neurology, Institute of Child Health, British Neuropathological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He previously appeared as a brain expert on the flagship BBC television science documentary series Horizon, discussing the neuroanatomy of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

About the co-director

Dr Gemma Northam holds degrees in biology and clinical neuroscience (sharing the Haymon-Gorlov prize for 'best student' with Dr Johns in 2003 at the UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square) and completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Child Health.

Her research focuses on the neuroanatomical correlates of intelligence, speech and language in children with perinatal brain injury, using a variety of techniques including structural and functional MRI and in vivo diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) tractography.


She has extensive experience teaching both structural and functional neuroanatomy, and is currently a lecturer in neurodevelopmental sciences and module lead for the MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London.

Her recent publications can be seen here.

Our courses

We have been running high quality short courses in human brain anatomy since 2007 which are suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates in the neurosciences, medicine and psychology.

Human brain anatomy course

   Our highly popular 3-day course is an introduction to functional neuroanatomy which begins at a basic level and is designed to require minimal background knowledge, but progresses over three days to include all major brain structures. This annual course is over-subscribed each year and attracts a diverse audience of UK and international delegates, at all levels from undergraduate student to professor.

Limbic brain anatomy course

   This is a 2-day programme that is ideal for delegates who have already attended the introductory course - or who already have a good knowledge of neuroanatomy. This more advanced course focuses on the anatomy of emotion, memory, cognition and behaviour and has evolved from our very popular Neuroanatomy for Psychiatry course. It is attended by a wide range of delegates including neuroscientists, radiologists and trainees in neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery.


Neuroanatomy video dissection course

   Our most recent course is a 2-day video dissection workshop that provides a comprehensive review of the internal and external anatomy of the human brain, illustrated using high quality videos of anatomical dissections. This course is particularly useful for delegates who would like to consolidate their knowledge of brain anatomy and develop a better three dimensional understanding of the brain, including extensive neuroradiological (MRI) correlation.


Online courses

   In 2020, we introduced online versions of our most popular courses. These contain all of the material from the attendance courses and are delivered by Dr Johns. In addition, these programmes contain bonus material including additional full-length lectures, videos of human brain dissections and self-test review quizzes at the end of every module. All of the online programmes have flexible access, include a certificate of completion and are CPD-accredited by the Royal Society of Biology.


This information pertains to our attendance-based courses only.


At certain times of the year reduced rate accommodation (£40 per night) may be available for our delegates at the Dover Street Apartments on London's South Bank, within close walking distance of the course venue.

Please first check room availability with King's College London and, before making a booking with them, please contact us for a discount code so that you can take advantage of the special reduced rate.

For more information please see the venue tab.


Please note that Neurocourses UK is an independent course company and that we are not affiliated to our course venues such as King's College London, University of Westminster or SOAS, University of London.


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