Brain Awareness Week 2012
Welcome to Brain Development
Here is Human Development
This graph shows how we divide human development into different times. Key events occur in the first trimester (embryonic). The neural system continues to develop through the second and third trimester (fetal) and even after birth (postnatal). This long complex development makes it more easy to damage.
Week 3 - It begins as a Plate
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This human embryo in week 3 is about 1-1.5 mm long and is viewed from the back, head end to the top. Almost all you see is the neural plate.
Week 4 - That folds to a Tube
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The human embryo is now 4 weeks old and sits on top of a big yolk sac.
The same view at week 4, the embryo is now 2 - 3.5 mm long. The neural plate can be seen folding down the middle of the back, beginning to form the neural tube.
The tube then Closes at each End
These images show the neural tube closing leaving an opening (neuropore) at each end.
|Week 4 - what the neural tube looks like when cut across.||Week 5 - what the neural tube looks like within the embryo.|
Week 6 to 8 - The brain end of the tube forms 3 Vesicles
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Week 6 - the brain and spinal cord of the human embryo.
Also visible are the heart (bright white) and placental cord containing placental blood vessels.
At the spinal cord end - the tube stays narrow. This region begins to put out motor nerves to innervate muscle and sensory nerves grow towards the developing spinal cord.
Second Trimester - Fetal brain Grows in Size
|This Scan of the living brain, shows the growth that occurs during the second trimester (red bar top right is 1 cm).
Third Trimester - Fetal brain Grows in Surface Area
Week 40 on - Newborn brain Grows
The brain has not finished growing at birth.
Growth you can see!
Much of the growth in size after birth is due to "white matter" development, the support cells of the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
The skeleton containers of the nervous system, the skull (brain) and vertebral arch (spinal cord), are still flexible and can expand as the nervous system grows in size.
There is also growth you cannot see!
At the level of cells (neurons), the brain and spinal cord are continuing to make and break connections as the nervous system is remodelled with learning.
Here is how the human nervous system grows
|Week 3||Week 4||Week 4 to 5||Week 5||Week 6|
|Week 8||Week 13 to 21|
Here is a developing mouse nervous system
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This movie shows a 11.5 days old mouse brain.
(Mouse development takes 21 days and is a model used in research)
Red - brain
Comparative Brain Anatomy
In today's demonstration you will also see some models of brains from different species. Each coloured part on the brain models shows a different brain region each with a different function. Each brain region is the same colour (code) in all models.
- Do not worry about the names of all the different structures.
- Can you see the same coloured structures in all the brains?
- Are the same coloured structures the same shape and size in all brains?
(Link to Detailed Information, not part of demonstration)
About Brain Awareness Week
|BAW - Brain Awareness Week is an inspirational global campaign that unites those who share an interest in elevating public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain and nervous system research.
More K12 Development Topics
|K12 Links: Start Here | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 to 8 | Arms and Legs | Heart | Fetus | Brain Growth | Eyes and Ears | Animal Development Times | Humans and Animal Embryology | Comparative Embryology | Thalidomide|
More Detailed Neural Development
- Glossary: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Numbers | Symbols | Term Link
Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2021, June 18) Embryology Brain Awareness Week 2012. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Brain_Awareness_Week_2012
- © Dr Mark Hill 2021, UNSW Embryology ISBN: 978 0 7334 2609 4 - UNSW CRICOS Provider Code No. 00098G