The Beauty of the Brain

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Each year in July, for nearly 20 years, Dr. William E. Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences and director of the Integrative Neuroscience Research Center, teaches one of the most unique continuing education courses in the world.

For three days, 100 neuroscience professionals from around the world visit Marquette to take part in the neuroanatomical dissection course, where they have the opportunity to dissect a human brain.

Mark Johnson, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, attended this year’s course, where he took part in dissections, observed a craniectomy and interviewed course attendees and instructors.

His story, “The Beauty of the Brain,” was published in the Sunday, October 25 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


The neuroanatomical dissection course was previously featured in the 2014 edition of the College of Health Sciences magazine by Stephen Filmanowicz. The article, which begins on page 31, is a first-hand account of Filmanowicz’s experiences in the class and interactions with the students.