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NUNC – a student’s view

Published: 5 March 2019
2019 NUNC
7th National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition

Tara Maguire, a first year BM4 student, reports on the seventh National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition (NUNC) held recently in the Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences at Southampton General Hospital:

Run by a committee of medical students and staff at University of Southampton, the NUNC is for undergraduate medical students with an interest in pursuing specialities relating to neuroanatomy – many delegates report ambitions of neurosurgery, neurology, and psychiatry. This year had a delegate attendance of 125, yet again seeing students travelling from as far as Scotland and Ireland in order to compete.

The day consisted of two exams: a 60 multiple choice question exam, and an anatomy spotter comprising of 60 two-part stations, including 20 radiology questions. The latter component was half free text, truly testing the delegates knowledge.The students are ranked in categories of preclinical and clinical.

Beyond the exams, delegates and other students from the University of Southampton enjoyed three talks. Firstly, an important speaker who brought awareness to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, giving tips to recognise the condition to the future doctors in attendance.

Next up, a thought-provoking talk from Professor Tom Gillingwater from the University of Edinburgh, exploring what we know about the human nervous system, fighting assumptions previously made from animal models. As well as blowing minds with surprising comparisons between mouse and human neuromuscular junctions.

The final lecture was titled, “From Parnassus to the Putamen and back again: A journey in Academic Neurosurgery” by Professor William Gray from Cardiff University. He delved into the fascinating topic of neuronal stem cells and discussed the intricacies of cutting-edge neurosurgery with our keen neurosurgeons of the future.

During the day, our very own faculty member, and neuroanatomist extraordinaire, Dr Scott Border recorded a podcast episode for The Anatomy Education Podcast, so be sure to listen here!

After the talks, the closing presentation and awards were ready. Of course, a huge congratulations to all delegates who participated, with a special mention for the following high scorers:

The winner in the preclinical category was Shuler Men Xu (University of Bristol), and the preclinical runner up was Sushil Rodrigues Ranjan (University of Dundee).

The winner in the clinical category was Dom Mahoney (University of Bristol), and the clinical runner up was Thomas Fowler (St George’s, University of London).

The next ten highest scoring delegates received distinction awards, listed in no particular order, were:

Ferenc Kohsuke Ishikawa Gutai (University of Dundee)
Julian Kwong (University of Edinburgh)
Ezekiel Dinama (University of Liverpool)
Emma Jane Norton (St George’s, University of London)
Samuel Perkins  (University of Cambridge)
Daniel Richardson    (St George’s, University of London)
Songtum Saltrese (St George’s, University of London)
Neha Kallam           (St George’s, University of London)
Justine Itorralba             (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)
Rachel Nelson (Queen’s University Belfast)

Finally, thank you to our sponsors for allowing this event to take place:


Thank you to our National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition Sponsors for allowing this event to take place
National Undergraduate Neuroanatomy Competition Sponsors
NUNC Distinction Winners
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