UW School of Dentistry

BSTR 431

Introduction to Neuroanatomy

Anitha Pasupathy

2 Credits / Quarter 2 (Winter, First Year)

Course Description

General survey of the structure of the central nervous system, including an analysis of sensory and motor systems and higher integrative functions and clinical correlation.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the principles of neuroanatomy. The objectives will be for the student to (1) know the structural organization of the central nervous system, including many sensory and motor systems and higher integrative centers, (2) be familiar with clinical-neuroanatomical correlations to understand the normal anatomy and its importance, and (3) acquire the language essential for the identification of neuroanatomical structures and for use in clinical situations.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: brain topography; neurohistology; neuroembryology; vessels and CSF; design of the CNS; spinal cord; brainstem and cranial nerves; ascending pathways; thalamus; cerebral cortex; visual system; auditory visual systems; auditory system; motor neurons and descending pathways; basal ganglia; cerebellum; hypothalamus; limbic system; special cortical functions and connections; consciousness and sleep; and the human brain.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is expected to attend lectures and laboratory sessions and to demonstrate her/his understanding of the lecture topics, supplemental reading, and laboratory material through four quizzes, a midterm, and a final examination.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 22: Utilize critical thinking in assessing technical and scientific information for use in identifying patient needs and treatments.


  • The Human Brain: An Introduction to its Functional Anatomy, J. Nolte, 1999 (4th edition), Mosby
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy (Lecture Syllabus), BSTR 431
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy (Laboratory Syllabus), BSTR 431

Neuroanatomy Interactive Syllabus, CDROM, Health Sciences Library and Information Center reserve.

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*last updated: 11/7/2011