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Research Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences Education PhD Training Programme Other courses (B)

4. BCN Human Neuroanatomy

Theme of the course

The human central nervous system.

Target Group

Master students of the BCN Research Master, PhD students, post-docs and health care professionals in the fields of brain imaging, neuropathology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and psychology . Number of participants: Maximum 24. In case of oversubscription, priority rules apply.


3 EC, 5 if you also give a seminar.

After successful participation in this course

- The student has a good regional and functional knowledge about the majority of brain structures, and the entire human central nervous system

- The student is able to communicate about neuroanatomy with professionals from health care and research.


Usually in November/December


This is an extended, yet stand-alone, Neuroanatomy course. Lectures and practicals are offered in parallel and the latter include hands-on dissection of the human brain and spinal cord. A DVD with dissection instructions and a dissection manual are available at reproduction costs.


Topics covered include: vertebral column, skull, spinal cord, meningeal and vascular systems, brainstem, cerebellum, limbic system, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, cerebral cortex, sensory systems, motor systems, higher order processing.

Time investment

28 hours of lectures, 28 hours of practicals, 56 hours of revising, 28 hours self-study and preparation for individual assignment (this totals 5 EC).


Morphological examination in the dissection room. Theoretical examination. Individual seminar given by the students. If the final grade is at least 5.50, a signed certificate will be provided.


An invitation for the course will be send to all BCN PhD students in Augustus/September.


Dr. Janniko Georgiadis

Recommended literature

- John H. Martin, “Neuroanatomy: Text and Atlas” (highly recommended)
- Eric R. Kandel, James H. Schwartz and Thomas M. Jessell, “Principles of Neural Science”

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