Brain Dissection and Neuroscience: Applications to Disorders of Language and Speech Functions

August 3-5, 2017
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

An intensive 3-day study of the anatomical and psycho-physiological principles essential for the development of effective treatment programs.

Course Description

An intensive neuroscience course including neuroanatomical dissections, lectures, study of higher mental functions, and clinical problem solving. This course will provide training in neuroscience applied to higher mental functions and their disorders. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of structural properties, sensorimotor systems, and neurolinguistic organization of the human brain. This learning will be supplemented by the guided brain dissections and neurological problem solving. Participants will also learn about the modern neuroradiological techniques, advances in neurological management of stroke and related syndromes, bioethical issues, neuropsychological concepts, and neurolinguistic implications of various neurosurgical techniques. The faculty will be derived from the disciplines of Neurolinguistics, Neuroscience, Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroradiology.

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Who should attend

Any health care professional interested in functional neuroscientific knowledge and its applications to the clinical management of higher mental functions in neurologically impaired individuals. This course and its advanced-intermediate level of presentation is best suited for those with interest in brain-behavior relationship and neurological correlates of higher mental functions.

Course Objectives

  • Apply principles of neuroscience in the management of patients with neurological impairments;
  • Identify major external and internal anatomical structures of the brain and describe their functions;
  • Describe the circulatory systems of the brain and common types of vascular pathologies;
  • Discuss the functions of major sensorimotor pathways;
  • Explain the spinal and cortical organization and neuronal circuitries of the basal ganglia and cerebellum related to motor functions;
  • Discuss the neural mechanism of vision and audition in relation to communicative disorders;
  • Explain advances in the treatment of the syndromes of stroke and movement disorders;
  • Follow the neurolinguistic rationale underlying various neurosurgical techniques;
  • Discuss the importance of neuro-imaging;
  • Perform cranial nerves based examination of speech mechanism;
  • Solve clinical problems using brain-behavior knowledge, neurological principles, and lesion localizing rules.


Organized by the Neurolinguistics lab of the department of Speech Pathology & Audiology at Marquette University, this course is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Professional Association.


This program is offered for 2.60 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area).

Course schedule and content

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  • Morning Session
    • Introduction brain topography, meninges, medullary centers, architectural organization, circulatory (CSF and Vascular) systems, and visual system
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Afternoon Dissection Session
    • A review of major (forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain) neuroanatomical structures (meninges, vascular system, and cranial nerves) and craniotomy.

Friday, August 4, 2017

  • Morning Session
    • Neuroembryology, sensorimotor systems, and cranial nerves
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Afternoon Dissection Session
    • Coronal and axial dissections of the brain to examine the internal anatomy of the forebrain

Saturday, August 5, 2017

  • Morning Session
    • Higher mental functions, neuro-imaging, neurolinguistic considerations of neurosurgical techniques, advances in treatment of stroke syndromes, bioethics, and neural restitution
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Afternoon Dissection Session
    • Neuro-communicative problem solving


Subhash C. Bhatnagar, Ph.D. (Neurolinguistics), CCC-SLP, is a faculty member at Marquette University and teaches in the area of neurogenic disorders of communication. His research is involved with cortical and subcortical mapping of language functions in neurosurgical patients with intractable epilepsy and movement disorders, application of mental imagery in the rehabilitation of aphasia, and functional neuroscience. He has written many book chapters, published numerous research articles in medical and neurolinguistic journals, and has authored books in aphasia and neuroscience. Course Director. Disclosure: He receives royalties from Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins as author of the book 'Neuroscience for the Study of Communicative Disorders.' He has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.

William E. Cullinan, Ph.D. (Neuroscience) is the dean of the college of Health Sciences at Marquette University. He has established an active research laboratory investigating the neural circuitry mediating stress responsiveness. The author of many research papers and book chapters, he presently teaches anatomy and neuroanatomy to undergraduate and professional students, and to medical students and residents. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Maria Crowe, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Marquette University. She teaches Head and Neck Anatomy to undergraduate students and first year dental students. Her previous research interests included the study of multiple techniques to improve the recovery of locomotor function after spinal cord injury; the physiology of impaired wound healing in diabetes; and the examination of heterogeneity in the olfactory neuroepithelium. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Lotfi Hacein-Bey, M.D. is the Director of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology at Radiological Associates of Sacramento Inc., Sacramento, California. His research interests are in the area of cerebrovascular diseases, cerebrovascular adaptation to ischemia, and aneurysms management. He has published numerous book chapters and research articles and is a consultant to many professional journals. Lecturer. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Shekar N. Kurpad, M.D., Ph.D. is a faculty member of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His research interests are in malignant brain tumors, degenerative disease of the spine, tumors of the spine, spine trauma and skull base tumors, and minimally invasive methods for treatment of spinal disorders. He has published many book chapters and research articles in professional journals. Lecturer. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Varun K. Saxena, M.D. is the medical director of the Center for Neurological Disorders, St. Francis Hospital, Milwaukee. He participated in many drug treatment trials for stroke. He has authored papers involving stroke treatment. His research and clinical interests are in cerebrovascular diseases and neuro-imaging. Lecturer. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose

Sanjeev Pradhan, M.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Vascular Surgery at Midwestern University. His clinical practice research focus on open surgical as well as minimally invasive, or “endovascular,” techniques for the treatment of carotid, aneurysmal, and peripheral vascular disease. Disclosure: Has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Jorge Marquez, M.D. is a Neurology consultant at the Aurora Grafton Medical Center. He has also been a neurology consultant at the Mayo Clinic Health System and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Former neurology clerkship director at the Medical College of Wisconsin with special training in Clinical Neurophysiology. He has experience in most aspects of clinical neurophysiology including intraoperative physiological monitoring, autonomic nervous system testing, Epilepsy and Neuromuscular diseases. He has authored many book chapters and research papers. Disclosure: He has no relevant financial or non-financial relationships to disclose.

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  • Fee: Regular enrollment fee $875 per person. A discounted fee of $775 for past participants and graduate students.
  • Enrollment is limited to the first forty processed applications. You will receive a confirmation letter, which will contain information about enrollment and additional details.
  • (Fee includes the 3 day course, all course materials including handouts, use of dissection tools, aprons, cadaver, anatomy and dissection texts, breaks, and lunches.)
  • 4th edition (2013) of Neuroscience for the Study of Communicative Disorders by Bhatnagar, Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins will be available for purchase.
  • Please bring clothes and shoes appropriate for dissection.
  • Comments from past participants

  • Amazing! My brain is on a good way.
    Caitlin Bailey, M.A. CCC-SLP; Portland, OR (2016)
  • The best course I’ve been to in many years...
    Andi Hunsinger, M.A. CCC-SLP; St. Pete, FL (2016)
  • The relatively small number of participants allowed for excellent access to instructors and allowed participants to get to know each other/network. Excellent – loved having students as ambassadors for the program, university and city.
    Jennifer Kurtz, M.A., CCC-SLP; Seattle, WA (2016)
  • Wonderful refresher of neurology. Everyone was cooperative and kind.
    Rita Sorei Planey, M.A. CCC-SLP; Glenview, IL (2016)
  • I came to this course with high expectations and still somehow floored by the level of knowledge, teaching styles, and functional application the professors provided. It was lovely.
    Robin Miller-Gioia, M.A. CCC-SLP; Kansas City, MO (2016)
  • Outstanding program. Exceptional benefit to anyone working and adult neurogenic communication disorders. Great!
    Yolanda Gamazon-Waddell, M.A. CCC-SLP; Crystal Lake, IL (2016)
  • Wonderful course! Material was presented to apply to clinical concerns. When paired with the dissection lab, it provided a wealth of information for a clinician.
    Katherine Barrett, M.A. CCC- SLP; Chicago, IL (2014)
  • This is far and above the best training I have received in functional neuroanatomy. The hospitality; the lectures by Dr. Bhatnagar and guests; the fast pace and conceptual overview; the neuroscience research conducted by Dr. Bhatnagar and team; the ppt slides; the video; the wet lab dissection, with sample slides, craniotomy, brains to view and hands on investigation and dissection of human brain tissue have provided a full, well-rounded overview of functional neuroanatomy unlike any I have previously received in pre and post doctoral training, classroom behavioral neurology, teaching, web and video based resources in my neuropsychological training or practice. I highly recommend this course to any who are basically literate in neuroanatomy or those with advanced knowledge but no hands on experience. This course evokes the wonder of the CNS architecture.
    David Dahl, Ph.D., Psychology, San Jose, CA (2013)
  • Expect a unique and comprehensive professional development experience. This was first rate! Outstanding value for practitioners and academics.
    Judy Montgomery, Ph.D. CCC-SLP. Irvine, CA (2009)
  • Indispensable for instructors in neurogenic communicative disorders.....Remarkable concentration of encyclopedic material.
    Arnold E. Aronson, Ph.D. Mayo Clinic, MN (1998)
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