associate professor of physiology, expertise: Neural circuits composed of multiple interneuron cell types located in the central nervous system (CNS) are responsible for generating many simple rhythmic behaviours in mammals. The lab uses a molecular genetic approach to identify distinct populations of interneurons that comprise these circuits, anatomical techniques to investigate their network connectivity, and physiological/behavioural techniques to determine the specific function of these neural circuits during behaviour. These studies provide key information regarding the development and function of neural circuits within the CNS, and may help to devise therapies aimed at enhancing function after brain/spinal cord injury.
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