Anatomy Course

Next course: 13th - 15th November 2019

(Venue: Birkbeck, University of London)

A highly popular and accessible introduction to structural, functional and radiological neuroanatomy


Course Overview

This is our original three-day introduction to human brain anatomy.


  • Highly popular course with five star ratings
  • Comprehensive introduction to human brain anatomy
  • Assumes minimal prior knowledge
  • Emphasises functional, clinical and radiological (MRI) neuroanatomy
  • Summer 2019 course includes optional 'hands on' anatomy practical!


Course director:

Dr Paul Johns, BSc BM MSc FAcadMEd FRSB FRCPath

Consultant Neuropathologist

Reader in Clinical Neuroanatomy

Three-day course: £375 (normal price: £395) **

Includes course handbook.



Suitable for undergraduate / postgraduate students in medicine and biomedical sciences, neuroscience and psychology

This programme is also rated highly as a refresher course and update by junior doctors in neurology, psychiatry and neurosurgery

Mean feedback score (July 2018): 4.9/5.0


Hands-On Brain Anatomy Practical

Our summer 3-day course has an optional half-day brain anatomy practical. The next hands on session will be in July 2020.

This highly popular practical session provides a unique opportunity to get 'hands on' with preserved human brain specimens.


The session follows the main three-day course and will be held in the anatomy dissection room, King's College London.


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[PLEASE NOTE: The practical is an optional addition to the 3-day human brain anatomy course that is only available with the summer course. It cannot be booked as a 'stand-alone' session.]


Read a review

This course has been reviewed by PhD students Anna Jones and Natalie Royle (Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh) who won a Neuroresearchers Fund Award to attend in 2011.

"...Excellent teaching from Dr P. Johns... enabled us to gain a large degree of knowledge in a short time period...

The course has been considerably beneficial to our ongoing research and we would highly recommend it..."

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Course Programme

This exciting 3-day programme provides a detailed overview of human brain anatomy presented in a very clear and accessible way.


The approach is unlike traditional neuroanatomy courses, emphasising understanding over rote learning.

The comprehensive lecture programme gives a firm grasp of the three-dimensional structure of the brain with clinical and functional integration. Attendees find this approach enjoyable and a powerful aid to long-term recall.

The timetable for the November 2019 course is provided below and will take place at Birkbeck, University of London (see venue here).


Wednesday 13th November 2019

09.30 - 10.00:  Registration

10.00 - 11.00:  Overview of the human brain

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30:  Brain development and anatomy

12.30 - 13.30:  Lunch break

13.30 - 14.30:  Cerebral cortex and subcortical white matter

14.30 - 15.00:  Tea break

15.00 - 16.00:  Primary sensory and motor areas

16.00 - 16.15:  Questions / comments

Thursday 14th November 2019

10.00 - 11.00:  Frontal lobe and prefrontal region

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30:  Parieto-occipital, temporal and language areas

12.30 - 13.30:  Lunch break

13.30 - 14.30:  Blood supply to the brain

14.30 - 15.00:  Tea break

15.00 - 16.00:  Brain stem and cerebellum

16.00 - 16.15:  Questions / comments

Friday 15th November 2019

10.00 - 11.00:  Corpus striatum, thalamus and internal capsule

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee break

11.30 - 12.30:  Basal ganglia loops and ventral striatum

12.30 - 13.30:  Lunch break

13.30 - 14.30:  Limbic lobe and insula

14.30 - 15.00:  Tea break

15.00 - 16.00:  Hippocampus and amygdala

16.00 - 16.15:  Concluding remarks -- and Close





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