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.

Iillustration showing neurons and a fish.

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.

Group leaders and research areas

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 and movement disorders

Fredrik Ullén, Neural mechanisms of expertise