Anatomy Course

Thur 29th - Fri 30th November 2018 (Birkbeck, University of London)

Structural and functional neuroanatomy course for neurology, psychiatry and neuroscience

Course Overview

This is a 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

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

Course fee: £295

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

Mean feedback score (Aug 2016): 4.9/5.0

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).

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Course Programme

This course provides a clear and focused review of the 'limbic brain', focusing on the anatomy of cognition, behaviour, memory and emotion. It is ideal for delegates who have already attended the 3-day programme or who already have a good understanding of basic brain anatomy.

Topics include the history of the 'limbic system' concept, the limbic lobe, cingulate region (four-region model), hippocampal formation, fimbria-fornix, prefrontal cortex and orbitofrontal region, septal area and amygdala, including the concept of the 'extended amygdala'.

The programme also includes lucid and up-to-date accounts of the basal forebrain, substantia innominata, reticular formation and diffuse neurochemical systems, together with the functional anatomy of the basal ganglia/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.

The timetable for the November 2018 course is provided below and will take place at Birkbeck College, London (see venue here).


Thursday 29th November 2018

09.30 - 10.00:  Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.20:  Introduction and historical overview

(origin and criticism of the visceral brain and 'limbic system' concept)

10.20 - 11.00:  The limbic lobe and cingulate region

(mood, emotion, motivation and the anatomy of voluntary action)

11.00 - 11.30:  Coffee

11.30 - 12.30:  Hippocampus, entorhinal cortex and fornix

(episodic memory, spatial navigation, 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, 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

Friday 30th November 2018

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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