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Anatomy of the Central Nervous System
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3660-21-00-00There are no available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 06/08/2021
Date and time31.08.2021, at: 09:00 - 01.09.2021, at: 16:00
Regular seats20
Course fee4,560.00 kr.
LecturersMartin Fredensborg Rath
ECTS credits2.00
Contact personMartin Fredensborg Rath    E-mail address: mrath@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
1. Identify and describe macroscopic regions of the central nervous system

2. Identify cellular components of the central nervous system

3. Describe the anatomy of sensory, motor, neuroendocrine and limbic systems

4. Describe the development of the central nervous system

5. Demonstrate and identify neuroanatomical structures in dissected brains and tissue sections

Lectures will cover the following aspects of mammalian neuroanatomy:
1) General organization and surface anatomy of the brain

2) Cellular components of the nervous system

3) Spinal cord and spinal nerves

4) Brain stem and cranial nerves

5) Somatosensory system: somatosensory pathways, thalamus and internal capsule

6) Visual system

7) Motor system: motor pathways, basal ganglia and cerebellum

8) Neuroendocrine system: hypothalamus and epithalamus

9) Limbic system: hippocampus, amygdala and basal forebrain

10) Supporting structures of the brain: ventricular system, meninges and blood supply

11) Stereotaxic methods and atlases

Hands-on exercises will include
1) Dissection of the rodent brain

2) Demonstration of the human brain in wet preparations

3) Demonstration of the human brain in Mulligan sections

4) Microscopy of brain sections

Essentials of the Human Brain, Mosby, 2010
Participants should have read and be familiar with the contents of the textbook before course start. Traditionally, learning the anatomical nomenclature and anatomical directions is time consuming; therefore, the ECTS credits of the course reflect additional time for preparation.

The target group is prmarily PhD-students in Neuroscience, but the course may also be beneficial for students in other graduate programmes, such as Musculoskeletal and Oral Sciences, Clicnical Research, Cellular and Genetic Medicine, Forensic Medicine and Anthropology, In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals, Medical and Molecular Imaging, Psychiatry, and Veterinary and Animal Sciences.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:


In Vivo Pharmacology and Experimental Animals

Medical and Molecular Imaging


Lectures and hands-on exercises

Course director
Martin Fredensborg Rath, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, mrath@sund.ku.dk

Martin Fredensborg Rath, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Morten Møller, Professor Emeritus, Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

31 August - 1 September 2021

Course location
Panum Institute 15.2.10 and 15.2.18

Please register before 6 August 2021

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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