Neuroanatomy course: Feedback from PhD students

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Functional Neuroanatomy: an overview of the main brain systems

The nervous system is a complex organ ensuring the integration of incoming environmental information and the coordination of subsequent responses. Nowadays, it has become clear that these functions are not related to restricted brain areas but implemented in wide brain systems. The integrated functioning of distributed brain structures gives rise to functional systems leading to behavioral or motor abilities.

It aims to give PhD students a general understanding of the functional and structural organization of these brain systems.


Number of hours: 26 hours in total. This educational course includes 13 lessons (2 hours/each).

1st session

  • Basics of neuroanatomy (Dr Peter Bede, Trinity College Dublin) – this course will take place online. Students can gather in the NeuroSchool room if they want to attend it together.

2nd session

  • The auditory system (Dr Pascal Belin, INT)
  • Memory/attention in non human primates (Dr Guilhem Ibos, INT)
  • Memory in humans (Dr Olivier Félician, INS)

3rd session

  • Motor control in human and non human primates (Dr Thomas Brochier, INT)
  • Functional connectivity (Dr Jan-Patrick Stellmann, CRMBM)
  • The thalamus (Dr Romain Carron, INMED)

4rd session

  • Basal ganglia, motor and clinical aspects (Dr Alexandre Eusebio, INT)
  • Basal ganglia, non motor aspects and motivation (Dr Paul Apicella, INT)
  • Somatosensory systems (Dr Anne Kavounoudias, LNC)

5th session

  • The visual system (Dr Frédéric Chavane, INT)
  • Executive control (Dr Emmanuel Procyk, Lyon)
  • Functional neuroanatomy applied to the clinic (Dr Adil Maarouf, CRMBM)

Neuroschool provides great Neuroanatomy courses ! Note only the organisation and the atmosphere were very good, but also the various speakers captivated us by sharing their experience and their recent discoveries.

I really enjoyed following the courses from Functional Neuroanatomy session. The lectures were all structured and covered the main topics for this field. I also liked that both researchers and clinicians were invited as guest speakers. I greatly recommend this quality course to Phd students!

Coming from a neuroscience background with a long intermission spent in biochemistry, I enrolled in this course as it seemed like the perfect occasion for a refresher on neuroanatomy. I was really glad I did this, as it allowed me to refamiliarize myself with different areas of the brain and their attributed functions. The structure of the course was great; we covered multiple brain systems, each with two hours allocated to review the basics, recent advances, and pathologies that arise from disorders in these areas. It was also a great way to learn about what other labs in Marseille study, since most speakers were local. Reading publications that are not in my field has already become more accessible as a result of the course!

It was a good experience to participate into the Functional Neuroanatomy class proposed by the PhD program. It's a really dense course that could benefit in being alleviated in terms of content or time schedule, but it was a great opportunity for me to get an overview of the different brain areas dedicated to specific functions. As a computationalist student, it's great to get more experimental results. 

This course is a very nice opportunity to broaden your knowledge on Functional Neuroanatomy. It gives a very nice overview of the different regions of the brain, the history of their discovery, their function and how to manipulate them.

The course was adept in giving an overview of the current research areas in fundamental and clinical neuroscience. As someone, who has never officially attended a neuroanatomy class, I found this course useful as I got an overview of the different sensory modalities and the research progress in those fields.

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