by Craig Canby, PhD

Do you know the anatomical components of the diencephalon? Can you describe the functions of the hypothalamus?

Prof. Craig Canby and Lecturio will provide you with all the knowledge you need about the diencephalon to pass your USMLE Step 1 exams and more! Learn about:

  • The thalamus
  • The reticular activating system

The components and functions of the hypothalamus, epithalamus, and subthalamus Quiz questions help you to prepare for your exams. Topic reviews will deepen your insight about the interbrain.

Course Details

  • Videos 5
  • Duration 0:24 h
  • Quiz questions 17
  • Articles 1


Your Educators of course Diencephalon

 Craig Canby, PhD

Craig Canby, PhD

Dr. Craig Canby is Professor of Anatomy at Des Moines University in Iowa. He studied Biology and Chemistry at the Iowa Wesleyan College and later got his Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of Iowa.
Canby has received many awards and honors for his work including the DPT Class of 2008 Teaching Excellence Award and the Award Hancher Finkbine Medallion.
His research is especially focused on anatomical variations and technology-enabled student learning.

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Good lectures
By Fabio C. on 01. February 2018 for Diencephalon

The descriptions where clear and comprehensive even to a non native english speaker like my self.

So frustrating to listen to this lecture!
By Mumingjiang M. on 04. December 2017 for Diencephalon

The instructor is poorly prepared. Anyone can read off of a slide. Didn't even make an effort to find better pictures of structures that are covered. And by the way: hypothesis and hypophysis are completely different things.

Excellent Summary of the Diencephalon!
By Bradley B. on 03. November 2017 for Diencephalon

Excellent summary of an otherwise challenging subject. Thank you Dr. Canby. Onward!

Diencephalon review
By Masoh V. on 27. October 2017 for Diencephalon

The questions were helpful, but the lecture was more of a recital. There were no extra explanations, no little tips, no compare and contrasts, to aid and understanding and recall. It was during the second or third time I was watching the hypothalamus that I realised that both medial nucei had to do with appetite regulation and satiety, and lesions could lead to hyperphagia; as opposed to the lateral, whose lesion had the opposite effect, ie starvation. Same thing with posterior and anterior, which have opposing effects on thermoregulation. I had to really focus and repeat the lecture to spot that out. he could have highlighted such points during the lecture.