Objectives

  • Identify the anatomical planes of orientation when looking at the CNS.
  • Identify the lobes of the brain and define their boundaries.
  • Describe the gross anatomy of the spinal cord (enlargements, length).
  • Identify spinal ganglia, spinal nerves, motor and sensory roots.
  • Identify the meningeal layers that cover the spinal cord.
  • Explain the organization of the ventricular system and the circulation of CSF.
  • Describe the major components of the brainstem and cerebellum.
  • Name the cranial nerves associated with the brainstem.
  • Identify the three meningeal layers that surround the brain and the spaces between them.
  • Describe the location and organization of white and gray matter in general terms.
  • Orient yourself to the location of deep structures in cross section – this is only an introduction, do not memorize structures for now!
  • Define and differentiate between projection fibers, association fibers and commissural fibers.

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  • Review of cranial nerves on a whole brain and brainstem specimens.
  • Correlation of surface anatomy to cross sectional anatomy in the brainstem.
  • Neuroanatomy of the visual system.
  • Neuroanatomy of eye movements.
  • Autonomic innervation of the eye - reflexes of the eye.

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Objectives

  • Describe and localize the lobes of the cerebral cortex and their major components.
  • Compare and contrast the functional components of the right and left hemispheres. Localize the functional areas.
  • Describe the location of the major subcortical fiber bundles.
  • Describe the tracts running through the internal capsule, their location within the internal capsule, and the blood supply to the internal capsule.
  • Describe the function of the thalamus as the gatekeeper to the cortex. Describe which systems relay through the thalamus.
  • Describe the blood supply to the forebrain.
  • Discuss the anatomy and blood supply of the cerebellum.
  • Relate the function of the cerebellum to lesions of the cerebellum.

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