Celebrating Research Success in FLS Seminar 'Modular deconstruction of a motor program'
|Dates:||5 February 2016|
|Times:||15:00 - 16:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Faculty of Life Sciences|
|Speaker:||Dr Mark Humphries|
The next seminar in the ‘Celebrating Research Success in FLS’ series will be given by Dr Mark Humphries who is a member of the Sensory & Computational Neuroscience Research Theme.
The seminar is scheduled to take place just prior to FLS Happy Hour to allow discussions and networking to continue after the actual presentation.
Mark’s presentation will be entitled ‘Modular deconstruction of a motor program’ and will focus on one of his publications:
Bruno, A. M., Frost, W. N. & Humphries, M. D. (2015) Modular Deconstruction Reveals the Dynamical and Physical Building Blocks of a Locomotion Motor Program. Neuron, 86, 304-318
Neurons work in groups, firing together. How such groups combine to generate sensation, action, or thought is unknown. A tractable target for understanding the co-operative action of neurons is the locomotion of simple invertebrates. By combining large-scale imaging with new machine-learning tools, we have deconstructed the network that controls crawling in the sea-slug Aplysia into its dynamical and physical building blocks. Even in simple invertebrates, neural motor programs are implemented by large, distributed networks containing multiple dynamical systems.
Travel and Contact Information
Michael Smith Lecture Theatre
Michael Smith Building