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Motor functions

Motor behaviour is the overt expression of the brain's activity. Motor circuits are precisely assembled and function in a delicate manner to produce the sequential activity of muscles underlying a defined behaviour.

Scientists in this area use multidisciplinary state-of-the-art tools to delineate the principles governing the development, assembly and function of motor circuits.

The studies span all levels of control of motor behaviour from networks responsible for the execution of movement in the brainstem and spinal cord to planning centres in the basal ganglia and cortex.

Defining the logic behind the processing in motor circuits is a prerequisite for developing curative strategies to recover motor function following traumatic injury or disease.

Research groups

Researchers Research area
Christian Broberger Brain networks controlling homeostatic processes
Tatiana Deliagina Neuronal networks controlling body posture
Abdel El Manira Modulation in spinal locomotor networks
Hans Forssberg Neurodevelopmental disorders
Sten Grillner The cellular bases of motor behaviour
Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski Mathematical modeling of motor systems
Ole Kiehn Mammalian locomotor lab
Gilad Silberberg Cortico-striatal microcircuitry
Per Svenningsson Neuropharmacology - movement disorders
Fredrik Ullén Neural mechanisms of expertise