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Beauchamp Lab

This is the web page for information about the Graduate Neuroanatomy course (UT GSBS GS141181), a required course for neuroscience graduate students. The Graduate Neuroanatomy course provides a broad overview of the structure and function of the central nervous system. The general architecture of the nervous system and its functional systems are presented in a series of online exercises. The exercises allow the students to examine brain anatomy at a detailed view of the regional anatomy of the brain and spinal cord. MRIs of brain anatomy, as commonly presented in the scientific literature, will be presented using a computerized learning system. N.B.: Because teaching materials are computerized, no lab space or wet brain specimens will be required for this course. The target audience for this course is first-year Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience Program. It is essential that Neuroscience students have a comprehensive knowledge of neuroanatomy to succeed in Systems Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. Because these courses are offered in the Spring, Graduate Neuroanatomy will be taken in the Fall of the first year.

Course Objectives: 1) To introduce students to the main components of the central nervous system 2) To introduce students to the lobar, sulcal, and gyral architecture of the cerebral cortex 3) To introduce students to the functional subdivisions of the cortex and subcortical structures. 4) To study the anatomical organization of structures important for learning and memory, sensation, perception and motor control.

Didactic Course Outline:

  1. Exercise #1: External Anatomy of the Brain
  2. Exercise #2: Internal Organization of the Brain
  3. Exercise #3: Ventricles, Blood Vessels, and External Surface of the Brain Stem
  4. Exercise #4: Spinal Cord: External and Internal Anatomy and Introduction to Somatosensory Pathways
  5. Exercise #5: Somatosensory, Viscerosensory and Spinocerebellar Pathways
  6. Exercise #6: Auditory, Vestibular, Gustatory and Olfactory Systems
  7. Exercise #7: Visual System and Oculomotor Control
  8. Exercise #8: Higher Motor Function
  9. Exercise #9: Descending Pathways to the Spinal Cord
  10. Exercise #10: Cranial Nerve Nuclei and Brainstem Circulation
  11. Exercise #11 Part A: The Limbic System
  12. Exercise #11 Part B: The Hypothalamus

Practical Outline: The course contains two wet laboratories and one MRI laboratory.

  1. Click here to download the lab manual.

1. Dissection Laboratory #1: Gross Anatomy of the Brain. Lecturers: Michael Beierlein, Ph.D.; Michael S. Beauchamp, Ph.D. December 3, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, UT MSB 2.129

2. Dissection Laboratory #2: Internal Organization of Subcortical and Brain Stem Structures Lecturers: Michael Beierlein, Ph.D.; Michael S. Beauchamp, Ph.D. December 10, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, UT MSB 2.129

3. The course contains an MRI laboratory to learn about neuroanatomy as viewed with MRI

  1. Click here for instructions on downloading the MRI datasets and viewer software.

Students may access the on-line learning modules for each lab at the following web site: Go to

Login with your UT username and password. Click on "Begin Practice". Click on "Instructions" to read the instructions. You will only be using the "Practice" part of the website, NOT the "Credit" part.

Evaluation and Grading 30%: Weekly quizzes. Following each exercise, students will take a BlackBoard quiz on the material in that exercise.

40%: Final exam. At the end of the course, students will take a BlackBoard final exam on the material in all exercises.

30%: Wet laboratories. Students will be evaluated on their performance in the brain dissection.

Information about UT courses is available at

Here is the link for the course on Blackboard:

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