Claudia Krebs, Professor of Teaching

MD, PhD (Cologne, Germany)

Office: 604-827-5694


T e a c h i n g
Director of Gross Anatomy
– Instructor in Fundamentals of Body Design
– Development of a lab dissector for 1st year medical students together with Drs. Pawel Kindler and Majid Doroudi
– Development of a pilot study to integrate anatomy with imaging
– Development of 3D animations to teach gross anatomy
– Oversight of the Body Donation Program
– Supervision of staff in the Gross Anatomy Lab
– Review of all applications for the use of anatomical material in education and research
Co-Chair of the Brain and Behaviour block (FMED 426)
The Brain and Behaviour block is the longest block in the MD Undergraduate curriculum; it is 9 weeks long and covers the basic science underlying both neurology and psychiatry. I co-chair the block together with Dr. Jehannine Austin from the Department of Psychiatry. During this block I teach all neuroanatomy labs. Inspired by these labs I have developed a neuroanatomy website ( that contains a comprehensive web atlas, quizzes and a video library of 3D animations of deep brain structures.
Residency Training
Many residents come through our anatomy facility to review the anatomy relevant in their specific field. I have taught residents from the radiology, surgery and obstetrics/gynecology programmes in the gross anatomy lab. I also give presentations to neuropsychiatry residents to review the neuroanatomy with them.
P u b l i c a t i o n s
  1. Chanpong B, Tang R, Sawka A, Krebs C, Vaghadia H. (2013) Real-time ultrasonographic visualization for guided inferior alveolar nerve injection. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 115(2):272-6.
  2. French L, Lane S, Xu L, Siu C, Kwok C, Chen Y, Krebs C, Pavlidis P. (2012) Application and evaluation of automated method to extract neuroanatomical connectivity statements from free text. Bioinformatics 28 (22): 2963-70.
  3. Kaur B, Tang R, Sawka A, Krebs C, Vaghadia H. (2012) Brief Report: A method for unltrasonographic visualization and injection of the superior laryngeal nerve: Volunteer study and cadaver simulation. Anesth Analg. 115 (5):1242-5.
  4. Lee PJ, Tang R, Sawka A, Krebs C, Vaghadia H. (2011) Brief Report: Real-Time Ultrasound-Guided Spinal Anesthesia Using Taylor’s Approach. Anesth Analg. 112 (5): 1286-8.
Further publications can be found here.
R e c e n t   A b s t r a c t s

Krebs, C (2009) Evaluation of a comprehensive neuroanatomy website in a distributed medical curriculum. AAA meeting abstract New Orleans April 2009.

Wilson, J and Krebs, C (2008) 3D-reconstruction of CNS Structures Derived from MRI Scans: New Teaching Tools for Neuroanatomy. AAA meeting abstract San Diego April 2008.

Krebs C, Fernandes HB, Sheldon C, Huxtable A, El-Husseini A, Raymond LA, Baimbridge KG (2003) Functional NMDA receptors in post-ischemia astrocytes – a possible synaptic target? Elsner N, Zimmermann H (eds): Gottingen Neurobiology Report 2003: Proceedings of the 29th Gottingen Neurobiology Conference. Georg Thieme, Stuttgart New York, abstract 52.

Zeron MM, Shehadeh, J, Krebs C, Wellington CL, Leavitt B, Baimbridge KG, Hayden MR, Raymond LA (2002) Downstream effects of NMDA receptor-overactivation in striatal neurons from a YAC Mouse model of Huntington Disease. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 92.16.

Krebs C, Rintoul GL, Li B, Raymond LA, Baimbridge KG (2002) Calbindin-D28k protects hippocampal neurons from excitotoxic damage by precenting Ca2+ induced mitochondrial membrane depolarization. 7th European Symposium on Calcium binding Proteins in Normal and Transformed Cells. Brussels 2002.

Krebs C, Fernandes HB, Sheldon C, Li B, Raymond LA, Baimbridge KG (2002) Astrocytes express a functional NMDA receptor subtype 2B following anoxia/ischemia both in vivo and in vitro. Canadian Physiological Society Meeting, Vernon, B.C. January 2002.

Zeron MM, Wellington CL, Krebs C, Leavitt B, Baimbridge KG, Hayden MR, Raymond LA (2001) N-Methyl-D-Aspartate receptor-mediated excitotoxicity in a transgenic mouse model of Huntington’s Disease. Soc. Neurosci Abstr. 432.2.

Krebs C, Fernandes HB, Li B, Raymond LA, Baimbridge KG (2001) NMDA-receptor subtype 2B is expressed in astroglia following anoxia/ischemia in vivo and in vitro. Elsner N, Kreutzberg GW (eds): Gottingen Neurobiology Report 2001: Proceedings of the 28th Gottingen Neurobiology Conference. Georg Thieme, Stuttgart New York, p 295.

Li B, Rintoul GL, Krebs C, Baimbridge KG, Raymond LA (2000) Modulation of neuronal NMDA receptor activigy by calbindin-28K. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 806.2.

Zeron MM, Wellington CL, Leavitt B, Krebs C, Baimbridge KG, Hayden MR, Raymond, LA (2000) Mutant huntingtin enhances excitotoxic cell death in a transgenicv mouse model of Huntington’s disease. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 382.16.

Krebs C, Rintoul GL, Li B, Raymond LA, Baimbridge KG (2000) Effects of adenoviral transfected calbindin-d28K in fetal hippocampal neurons. Soc. Neurosci. Abstr. 377.11.