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Anatomy studies the shape, location, development, function and interrelation of the different structures of the human body, mostly in relation to clinical conditions. With anatomical descriptions dating back to Hippocrates, anatomy is not a recent development of medicine. Yet, modern anatomy remains a significant branch within the medical sciences. The Section of Anatomy is part of the Department of Neuroscience of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), and is a longstanding member of the Dutch and Flemish Anatomical Society.


  • People
  • Publications
  • Dissection room
  • Education
  • Research/Innovation
  • Janniko Georgiadis PhD Section Head Anatomy Visit

    Head of the Section Anatomy

    Research fields

    anatomy, neuroscience, sexology

    Anne van Gaalen Msc.
    Principal Educator
    Support Scientist
    Gerben Ruesink Bsc.
    • Kortekaas R, Nanetti L, Overgoor M, De Jong BM, Georgiadis JR. (2015). Central somatosensory networks respond to a de novo innervated penis in spina bifida: a pilot study of three cases. Journal of Sexual Medicine
    • Borg C, de Jong PJ, Georgiadis JR. (2014) Subcortical BOLD responses during visual sexual stimulation vary as a function of implicit porn associations in women. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

    • Borg C, Georgiadis JR, Weijmar Schultz WW, Spoelstra K, Renken RJ, de Jong PJ. (2014) Brain activity during sexual penetration versus disgust stimuli in women with genito-pelvic pain disorder. PLoS ONE
    • Georgiadis JR, Kringelbach ML, Pfaus JG. (2012) Sex for fun: a synthesis of human and animal neurobiology. Nature Reviews Urology
    • Georgiadis JR & Kringelbach ML. (2012) The human sexual response cycle: neuroimaging evidence linking sex to other pleasures. Progress in Neurobiology
    • Georgiadis JR, Farrell MJ, Boessen R, Denton DA, Gavrilescu M, Kortekaas R, Renken RJ, Hoogduin JM, Egan GF. (2010) Dynamic subcortical blood flow during male sexual activity with ecological validity: a perfusion fMRI study. Neuroimage
    • Georgiadis JR, Reinders AA, Paans AM, Renken RJ, Kortekaas R. (2009) Men versus women on sexual brain function: prominent differences during tactile genital stimulation, but not during orgasm. Human Brain Mapping
    • Van Netten JJ, Georgiadis JR, Nieuwenburg A, Kortekaas R. (2008)   8-13 Hz fluctuations in rectal pressure are an objective marker of orgasm in women. Archives of Sexual Behavior
    • Georgiadis JR, Kortekaas R, Kuipers R, Nieuwenburg A, Pruim J, Reinders AA, Holstege G. (2006) Regional cerebral blood flow changes associated with clitorally-induced orgasm in women. European Journal of Neuroscience
    • Holstege G, Georgiadis JR, Paans AM, Meiners LC, van der Graaf FH, Reinders AA. (2003) Brain activation during human male ejaculation. The Journal of Neuroscience,
  • On behalf of the University of Groningen, the Section of Anatomy is responsible for executing the Groningen Body Donation Programme and manages a state-of-the-art dissection room.

    People who donate their bodies to science contribute significantly to the progress of medical science and education. If you would like to participate in the Groningen Body Donation Programme please visit the facilities page for more information.


    If you are interested in organizing demonstrations, teaching courses or training programmes involving the dissection room you will also find more information on the facilities. page for more information. Researchers not affiliated with the Section of Anatomy may apply for the use of human cadavers for medical research by sending an e-mail.

  • The Section of Anatomy is responsible for most of the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate anatomy and embryology teaching at the University of Groningen and the UMCG.


    Information about our teaching staff and strategic teaching partners, as well as an overview of current training programmes and teaching courses, can be found on the education page.

  • As part of the Department of Neuroscience, the Section of Anatomy conducts functional neuroanatomy research and is subject to scientific scrutiny for the anatomy teaching efficiency as well as for the processes concerning human body donation.

    Adaptation is crucial in a changing academic teaching landscape. The Section of Anatomy is working on a unique anatomy application for tablets and smartphones that should enable users to virtually interact with human anatomical specimens. In turn, the application is expected to enhance the teaching efficiency of anatomy classrooms and dissection rooms.

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