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13:00 - 14:00 4 May 2017

From sensation to behaviour: control of posture by Dr Martha Bagnall, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine


Lecture Theatre | Sainsbury Wellcome Center (link Map)
25 Howland Street | London | London W1T 4JG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Animals must cope with the pervasive force of gravity as they navigate their environment. While the basic elements of vestibular sensation have been well described in several animal models, it is far less clear how the brain translates this information into appropriate motor outputs. Using the many technical advantages of the larval zebrafish, my lab examines the circuit basis of the entire sensory-motor transformation underlying normal posture. In vivo electrophysiology, imaging, and genetics reveal the basic motor plan underlying self-righting in the fish as well as the organization of spinal premotor circuits that govern the final motor output. This research will provide a view of how descending sensory signals operate on the complex spinal circuit to achieve behavior. No need to pre-book, just turn up!


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