Anatomy Course

Next course: 17th - 19th July 2017, King's College London

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

Optional Brain Anatomy Practical 

In the summer, a 'hands-on' dissection room practical is usually available prior to the 3-day course, in which delegates have the opportunity to examine preserved human brains in the anatomy dissection room.


In addition to a live video demonstration and worksheets, experienced anatomy demonstrators will be on hand to help you locate brain structures.


More information about the optional practical

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


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 (May 2016): 4.9/5.0

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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 2017 course is provided below. Lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre 2, Guy's Campus, King's College London (see venue here).

Sunday 16th July 2017 - optional pre-course practical session*
(Venue: anatomy dissection room, KCL)

13.00 - 13.30:  Registration and session briefing
(including dissection room rules and Human Tissue Act regulations)

13.30 - 15.30:  Hands-on neuroanatomy practical session

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

15.30 - 16.00:  Self-test quiz - and Close

* Places limited - book early to avoid disappointment

Monday 17th July 2017

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

Tuesday 18th July 2017

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

Wednesday 19th July 2017

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

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