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Beauchamp Lab

This is the web page for information about the Graduate Neuroanatomy course, 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.

Course Outline:

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

Labs 4, 5, 9, 10 will be covered in less detail than the others.

Practical Issues

All students are required to attend the first meeting of the course.

  1. Click here to download the lab manual.

The course is a self-study course. Students will access 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.

Here is the link for the course on Blackboard: