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Magdalene College Cambridge

Professor Cecilia Brassett

Professor Cecilia Brassett is the Teaching Professor of Human Anatomy and University Clinical Anatomist, and is responsible for organising the university anatomy teaching programme.

At Magdalene she is Director of Studies for Part 1B (the second year) of the Medical Sciences tripos. She is also an Undergraduate Tutor and Deputy Senior Tutor.

In the Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, Dr Brassett is a member of the Teaching Committee and of the Academic Staff Committee. She sits on the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos Part I Committee in the Faculty of Biology and is a member of the Cambridge University Medical Education Network.


Research Interests

Clinically applied research in topographical anatomy, in collaboration with consultants in different specialties, including gastroenterology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and oral maxillofacial surgery.


MB., BChir., MA., MChir., FRCS.

Professional Affiliations

Fellow and MRCS Examiner, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Councillor, The Anatomical Society

Councillor, British Association of Clinical Anatomists

Selected Publications

C. Brassett, E. Evans, and I.H.H. Fay, The Secret Language of Anatomy (2017)

C. Brassett, P. Brassett, and M.-Y. Lu, The Tujia Language (2006)

Exercise serpent anatomy: cadaveric trauma simulation training to improve the resilience of reservist combat medical technicians.
West CT, Brassett C.
J R Army Med Corps. 2018 Aug;164(4):283. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2018-000933.

Comparing transversus abdominus release and anterior component separation techniques in reconstructing midline hernias: A cadaveric study.
Loh CYY, Nizamoglu M, Shanmugakrishnan RR, Tan A, Brassett C, Lovett B, Tare M, El-Muttardi N.
J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2018 Jun 25. pii: S1748-6815(18)30221-3. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2018.06.005.

Difference in real-time magnetic image analysis of colonic looping patterns between males and females undergoing diagnostic colonoscopy.
Lam J, Wilkinson J, Brassett C, Brown J.
Endosc Int Open. 2018 May;6(5):E575-E581. doi: 10.1055/a-0574-2478.

Variations in carotid sinus anatomy and their relevance to carotid interventions.
West CT, Brassett C, Gaunt M.
Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2018 Mar 3. doi: 10.5603/FM.a2018.0017.

Observations on the inconsistency of dermatome maps and its effect on knowledge and confidence in clinical students.
Challoumas D, Ferro A, Walker A, Brassett C.
Clin Anat. 2018 Mar;31(2):293-300. doi: 10.1002/ca.23031.

Study of anatomical variations of the zygomaticofacial foramen and calculation of reliable reference points for operation.
Ferro A, Basyuni S, Brassett C, Santhanam V.
Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2017 Dec;55(10):1035-1041. doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2017.10.016.

The role of radiology in anatomy teaching in UK medical schools: a national survey.
Sadler TJ, Zhang T, Taylor HL, Brassett C.
Clin Radiol. 2018 Feb;73(2):185-190. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2017.08.008.

'Can You Be a Doctor, Even if You Faint?' The Tacit Lessons of Cadaveric Dissection.
Gamlin C, Womersley K, Taylor H, Fay I, Brassett C, Barclay S.
Psychiatr Danub. 2017 Sep;29(Suppl 3):247-253.

An anatomical study of additional radial wrist extensors including a unique extensor carpi radialis accessorius.
West CT, Ricketts D, Brassett C.
Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2017 May 29. doi: 10.5603/FM.a2017.0047.

Segmental colonic length and mobility.
Phillips M, Patel A, Meredith P, Will O, Brassett C.
Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2015 Sep;97(6):439-44. doi:10.1308/003588415X14181254790527.