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Medical Neuroscience

Dr. Beauchamp is a lab instructor for the Medical Neuroscience laboratory course. Click here for information about downloading teaching material for this course: Teaching Material for Medical Neuroscience Laboratory Course

Lab 7 Notes

The NeuroLab CD contains incorrect information on the location of the frontal eye fields. This PDF shows the correct location FrontalEyeFields

Lab 8 Notes

Many of the structures in Lab 8 can be seen on MRI. The following PDF contains labeled MRI sections. Lab8MRI

Lecture Slides

Here are slides presented for Introduction to Neuroimaging on January 22, 2010 Neuroimaging

Here are slides presented for Motor System Lecture #1 (muscles) on March 17, 2010 Motor Systems Lecture #1

Here are slides presented for Motor System Lecture #2 (spinal reflexes) on March 17, 2010 Motor Systems Lecture #2

Here are slides presented for Motor System Lecture #3 (motor cortex) on March 19, 2010 Motor Systems Lecture #3

Here are slides presented for Motor System Lecture #4 (basal ganglia) on March 22, 2010 Motor Systems Lecture #4

Here are slides presented for Motor System Lecture #5 (cerebellum) on March 24, 2010 Motor Systems Lecture #5

Here are slides presented for Prelab #9 (descending pathways) on March 29, 2010 Prelab #9

Other Notes

A teaching website that shows midbrain, brainstem and spinal cord slices labeled with tracts and anatomy is

A website that shows labeled brain anatomy from the Visible Human project is

A free iPhone app from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory allows 3D visualization of brain structures

A web-based version of the same app may be seen at

misc teaching notes: Beauchamp:MedNSLabNotes

MS4 Neuroimaging Elective: BSCI 4008

Dr. Beauchamp offers a neuroimaging elective for 4th year medical students interested in specialties where brain disorders are an important contributor to disease. Students will select a disorder of interest and learn how neuroimaging could be used for diagnosis or treatment. For instance, obesity (Internal Medicine); dementia (Geriatrics); tumor (Neurosurgery); cerebral infarcts (Radiology); epilepsy (Neurology); dyslexia (Pediatrics); bipolar disorder (Psychiatry). No technical background or experience with neuroimaging is required.

misc teaching notes: Beauchamp:ElectiveNotes

AFNI/fMRI Short Course

Dr. Bob Cox, the Director of the Scientific and Statistical Computing Core at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program will be visiting Houston on October 4-8, 2010. Together with his staff, Dr. Cox will teach a 5-day course on fMRI data analysis with the AFNI software package. Click for more information on the short course

Introduction to fMRI

The main graduate course offered by Dr. Beauchamp is titled "Introduction to fMRI". The web page for students in this course to submit assignments and receive information about the course is

This course is intended for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty who are interested in using fMRI for their research. A small number of undergraduates may also enroll in the course solely at the discretion of the instructor (only undergraduates who are currently working in a laboratory that uses functional MRI study will be considered). The course is primarily offered through the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences ( The course is also cross-listed at Rice University in the Psychology and Bioengineering departments (as Psych 579 and BioE 571) and in the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biological Sciences (as GS-NE-439). If you are a student at UT, Rice or Baylor contact your registrar for enrollment information. If you are a student at University of Houston, it is probably easiest to enroll in the course via cross-registration through Rice University. (UT requires vaccination records for cross-registration which is annoying). However, if you would like to enroll through UT, please visit this web page for information about enrolling in the course:

The textbook for this course is "Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging", 2nd edition, by Huettel, Song and McCarthy. The text may be ordered from Amazon or it is available at the UT bookstore at a 10% discount.

The course is taught in even years only on Tuesdays from 2 pm to 5 pm in UT MSB B.645.

In 2010, the first class will be Tuesday Aug 31 and the last class will be Tuesday December 7th. There will be no class on October 5th (AFNI workshop), November 16th (Society for Neuroscience annual meeting) or Tuesday November 23rd (Thanksgiving).

Other Courses and Lectures

A second course offered by Dr. Beauchamp is titled "Advanced Seminars in Neuroimaging". This is an advanced course for students who have already taken Introduction to fMRI.

Click here for information about a lecture on fMRI delivered at Texas Children's Hospital on December 2nd, 2009: TCH Lecture

A GSBS course on MRI physics is shown here

Potential Seminar Speakers

Alice O'Toole Angie Laird