Anatomy Course

Next course: 24th - 26th July 2018, King's College 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 2018 course includes optional 'hands on' anatomy practical!


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

Three-day course: £395

Includes course handbook and refreshments

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 (Nov 2017): 4.9/5.0


Hands-On Anatomy Practical

Our summer 2018 course has an optional half-day brain anatomy practical.

This optional 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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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-/4-day programme provides a detailed overview of human brain anatomy presented in a very clear and accessible way. The approach is unlike traditional anatomy courses, emphasising understanding over rote learning.

The integrated 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.

A timetable for the Nov 2017 course is provided below. The 2018 course will be very similar and will take place at King's College London (see venue here).


Tuesday 24th July 2018

09.30 - 10.00:  Registration and coffee

10.00 - 11.00:  Overview of the human brain

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee

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

15.00 - 16.00:  Primary sensory and motor areas

16.00 - 16.15:  Questions / comments

Wednesday 25th July 2018

10.00 - 11.00:  Frontal lobe and prefrontal region

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee

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

15.00 - 16.00:  Brain stem and cerebellum

16.00 - 16.15:  Questions / comments

Thursday 26th July 2018

10.00 - 11.00:  Corpus striatum, thalamus and internal capsule

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee

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

15.00 - 16.00:  Hippocampus and amygdala

16.00 - 16.15:  Concluding remarks -- and Close


Friday 27th July 2018 (optional session)*
(Venue: anatomy dissection room, King's College London)

09.30 - 10.00:  Registration and session briefing
(including dissection room rules and Human Tissue Act regulations)

10.00 - 10.30:  Live anatomy demonstration

(brain structures demonstrated live on high resolution video screens)


10.30 - 12.15   Hands-on neuroanatomy practical session

(delegates identify brain structures on a range of human specimens)

12.15 - 12.30:  Self-test quiz - and Close

* Places strictly limited - book early to avoid disappointment

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