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Anatomy, part 3: the nervous system, an overview for English language specialists

Developer/Facilitator: Philip Bazire, MD

Purpose: To provide interactive instruction in central and peripheral nervous system anatomy.

Description and structure: The nervous system is the most complex organ in the body, with a highly organised structure and function. This workshop will describe basic macroscopic and microscopic neuroanatomy, nerve and neurological function, including neurotransmitter biochemistry and function, and the interrelationships between the different divisions of the nervous system, focussing particularly on the specific terminology involved. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how anatomical and biochemical alterations of the nervous system can produce disturbances that are detectable clinically and through imaging studies, thus introducing the concepts and terminology used in medical publications.

Who should attend? Translators and text editors with either a keen or tentative interest in medical translation.

Outcome skills: Participants will 1) better understand the terminology of neuroanatomy and of nervous and neuronal function; 2) become aware of the hierarchical structural and functional organization of the nervous system and its interactions with the internal and external environments, and 3) be better equipped to cope with the complex concepts they will meet in this field.

Pre-meeting information: A basic knowledge of human biology and physiology will enable participants to better understand the concepts to be discussed in the workshop. Although no prior knowledge of the nervous system and neurology will be assumed, some background reading will help participants obtain greatest benefit from this workshop.

About the facilitator:

Philip Bazire trained as a surgeon both in England and in Spain and has worked as a medical translator since 1998.
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