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Know Your Neuroanatomy

Date Location Price

20 - 22 January 2015

London Bridge £395

Having decided to do a course on nerves we also felt it was important to look at here they were coming from and where they were going - but we know this would be too much for the 3-day Know Your Nerves course. So we have prepared a separate 3 day Know Your Neuroanatomy, to wet your palate for the amazing study of neuroscience. Now, be aware, this is an endless subject that really, we still know relatively little about, but what science does discover just gets more and more interesting.

So this course will give you a whistlestop tour of the functions of different parts of the brain, how different sections are connected and how information travels between them.

We will also have a look at how the brain manages some of its functions - from movement, to chemical control of the body, to maintaining homeostasis, to the stress and even emotional response.

What do we know about the all important little chemicals inside the brain called neurotransmitters and how they function?

So much of what we know has also come from what we learn when things go wrong so there will be a few tales and case histories as well as hard core anatomical nomenclature!

What will we cover?

  • the different cells of the brain
  • the cerebral cortex: its lobes and key areas within each, location of the ventricles, white matter relays
  • the basal ganglia and the inter-relation of its different structural areas
  • the limbic system
  • the structures of the thalamus, and its function as a relay
  • the brainstem: midbrain, pons, medulla oblongata, as well as the reticular activating system and the tracts that run into the spinal cord
  • the cerebellum: and its contribution to the party!

This is all made magic by the visit to the dissection lab. The selection of dissections they have available are quite beautiful and ensure you will be able to visualise and conceptualise your brain in a very new and unique manner.

Do I need it?

Do any of these questions tickle your neurons?

  • Why are smells so connected to memory?
  • Why do dolphins have much larger temporal lobes than us?
  • Why are the relays between the cingulate gyrus, thalamus and other lobes so important?
  • What exactly is the blood brain barrier?
  • Why do we learn to fear things?
  • Why is the pons so much bigger than the mid brain or medulla oblongata?
  • Why does serotonin make us feel 'happy'?
  • How does melatonin make us sleep?
  • Why is cocaine so addictive?
  • How can I remember all of these things anyway?

Curious? Then come along for the fun of finding out what we know... and what we don't!

Should I do this?

This course will in no way give you all then information you might want about neuroanatomy, but, it will give you a good basis from which to understand some of the research and any further reading you may do, and to ‘follow the listening’ if you use any of the bodywork approaches that work with the brain tissue.

Comments from past participants

‘I just wanted to say thanks as always for the brilliant training on Neuroanatomy and Nerves recently. I really enjoyed it and learnt loads as usual, although as you know most of the learning or processing comes after. I have a new found love of the brain now which I must admit I previously thought of as a bit boring and too difficult to learn. I am watching the surgery programmes on Channel 4 at the moment and especially enjoyed last night where they were removing a brain tumour from the temporal lobe but the tumour extended into the hippocampus area – all very fascinating.’

This course will be presented by Caroline Barrow at the London Bridge, Guy’s campus of King’s College University. Please note the course is not affiliated to the university in any other way.

Want to see how much you know? Have a look at our quiz: Do you Know Your Brain

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