SWC Seminar: Dr Adam Hantman, Janelia Campus
Sep 18, 2018 12:00 PM
End: Sep 18, 2018 01:00 PM
Location: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, 25 Howland Street, London W1T 4JG
Host: Professor Tom Mrisc-Flogel, Director, SWC
Talk Title: Neural circuits of dexterity
Abstract: Dexterous movements serve the major functions of the brain, perception and manipulation of the world. Considering the range of possible actions and the complexity of musculoskeletal arrangements, control of the hand is an amazing achievement of the nervous system. Dexterous behavior involves understanding objects in the world, developing appropriate plans, converting those plans into appropriate motor commands, and adaptively reacting to feedback. The myriad of these underlying operations is likely performed by a diverse set of neural circuits. By combining anatomy, physiology, and specific (genetic and temporal) manipulations, my lab hopes to identify and understand the neural elements responsible for dexterous motor control. Currently, we focus on the role of the cortico-cerebellar loop in a skilled reach-grab-eat task in the rodent.
Movement is the essential function of the nervous system, it is critical for all aspects of survival. The versatility and complexity of dexterous movements put these behaviors at a pinnacle of motor control. The Hantman lab is attempting to understand how activity patterns over the nervous system underlie dexterous motor control.
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