Human Anatomy, Kinesiology and Cadaver Dissection of the Lower Extremity

Dates 5-6-7-8 June 2019
Max participants 24
Location Sala Settoria Ist. Anatomia Normale e Antropologia Medico Legale dell'Università Sophia Antipolis - Avenue de Valombrose, 2 - Nice, France
Certificate / Credits Yes / No
Type of course Theoretical + direct cadaver dissection
Course features
Participants perform direct cadaver anatomical dissection
50% theoretical (anatomy guide to dissection & kinesiology)
50% direct cadaver dissection
3 days of high quality learning content
Course in English with translation in Italian
PT's, OT's, MD's, medicine/PT/OT students and medical residents can register for this course
P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A., Professor at Marquette University (USA)
Donald Neumann has received multiple national awards that have recognized his teaching, writing, and research...
Ph.D., P.T., F.A.P.T.A.
Dr. Simoneau has been a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University since 1992. His primary area of teaching is orthopaedic and sports physical...
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr Sard is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a degree in Medicine at “Università degli Studi di Torino”  since 1988 and Specialization in Orthopedics and Traumatology since...


  • Andrea Bonani (MD)
  • Sebastiano Nutarelli (PT)
  • Eraldo Malja (PT)
Course program
  • 1:30PM-1:50PM


  • 1:50PM-5:45PM

    Anatomy, kinesiology and dissection guide (theory) of the proximal leg

  • 5:45PM-6:10PM


  • 8:40AM-12:30PM

    Direct cadaver dissection of the proximal leg

  • 1:30PM-5:30PM

    Anatomy, kinesiology and dissection guide (theory) of the middle leg

  • 8:30AM-12:30PM

    Direct cadaver dissection of the middle leg

  • 1:30PM-5:30PM

    Anatomy, kinesiology and dissection guide (theory) of the distal leg

  • 8:30AM-1:00PM

    Direct cadaver dissection of the distal leg

Course Description

NOVAVIA is proud to organize, on the basis of one of the most famous and prestigious cadaver dissection course worldwide with 30 years of history and tradition in the United States (referring to the Marquette University dissection course historically organized and run by both Prof. Dr. Donald Neumann and Prof. Dr. Guy Simoneau), the EU edition of the 1st DIRECT CADAVER DISSECTION COURSE of the lower extremity for PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, PHYSICIANS, PHYSIOTHERAPY & MEDICAL STUDENTS and HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. An internationally renowned faculty, supported by European experts, holds this course in which the CADAVER DISSECTION IS DIRECTLY PERFORMED BY THE PARTICIPANTS for the entire course duration. This course consists of an intensive 3-days anatomical dissection and kinesiological review of the lower extremity. The primary purpose of this course is to provide clinician with a solid anatomical and kinesiologic basis for understanding normal and abnormal function of the musculoskeletal system. This information is essential for the development of effective treatment programs for the patients.

Each participant will work in mini-groups of 3 people and will be allotted 3 half-days to perform a complete dissection on one side of an embalmed human cadaver (the dissection is performed on full bodies, not on specimens). The 12-hours dissection will include all regions from the hip to the distal joints of the knee, ankle and foot, including muscles & fascial dissection on top of that. The faculty are experienced physical therapists who organized and held this course for decades in the United States, that in this edition will be supported by skilled surgeons experienced in dissection courses and physical therapists that joined the dissections organized by the American part of the faculty in the United States multiple times. Specific joint dissections and prosections will also be included in the program, plus fascial, neural and structural dissection in general. The dissection will be supplemented by 3 further half days lasting sessions of anatomical lecture (by Prof. Dr. Guy Simoneau) and kinesiological lecture (by Prof. Dr. Donald Neumann) that will guide the participants in the following dissection labs through indications for specific anatomical structures usually affected by major musculoskeletal problems to search for, kinesiologic models, fluoroscopy videos, pictures/videos of previous dissections and specific indications of dissection lines to follow during the independent dissection labs.

Course Objectives

  • Perform a complete dissection of the lower extremity.
  • Understand the general topography, detailed attachments, innervation of all the muscles of the lower limb.
  • Understand the anatomical relationship between fascial planes.
  • Be able to trace the blood supply and afferent innervation throughout the lower limb.
  • Understand the relationship between the structure and function of every joint of the lower extremity.
  • Cite the major muscle drive and arthrokinematic pattern of movement unique to each joint.
  • Understand the kinesiologic synergies which exist between muscle and joint systems that provide for normal and pathological motion.
  • Be able to integrate concepts of kinesiology into clinical practice.

Who should attend

This course is designed for physical terapists, physicians/MDs, occupation therapists, chiropodists/podologists, Italian massofisioterapista (esclusivamente se in possesso di equipollenza al titolo di fisioterapista - pre ’99), chiropractors & osteopaths (those who earned their degrees in countries offering State accredited chiropractic/osteopathy degree programs only), health professionals, physical therapy/medical and other health profesionals’s students who wish to integrate their own clinical experience with the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology. The part of the faculty that organizes this course in the United States feels that a first-hand view of the structure of the musculoskeletal system is a valuable experience for the clinician who treats and/or educates patients with limb dysfunction. This course is especially relevant to the above-mentioned health professionals. The encompassing functional nature of the course will provide clinical relevance to anyone who treats the lower limb of patients with orthopedic or non-orthopedic disability.

Tuition includes: the 3-days course, all course materials including the anatomy & kinesiology handouts, use of dissection tools, aprons, cadaver, anatomy and dissection texts for the entire course duration.

During the direct cadaver dissection labs each participant will be free to independently proceed with the dissection or to call for help, support, guidance or advice from the faculty, that as per during the US edition of the course, will flank the participants to make sure they are able to fully and correctly identify the various researched anatomical structures and to clarify all the possible doubts in order to maximise this unique learning experience.

Registration fee

REGISTRATION for the course:

  • Registration fee groups minimum of 4 pp. (early booking)* € 715,00 + VAT 22% - until March, 15th 2019
  • Registration fee (early booking)* € 749,00 + VAT 22% - until March, 15th 2019
  • Registration fee groups minimum of 4 pp.* € 805,00 + VAT 22% - starting from March, 16th 2019
  • Registration fee € 845,00 + VAT 22% - starting from March, 16th 2019
  • Registration fee -10% discount € 761,00 + VAT 22% for members of our partners

*The aforementioned promo cannot be combined with the other ongoing discounts such as:
"10% discount fee for members of PARTNERS’ organizations”