Inhibition and the control of locomotion Event as iCalendar

(Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Biological Sciences, Clinics, Exercise Sciences, Seminars, Sport Science)

20 March 2017

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1, Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds Street, City Campus

Host: School of Biological Sciences

Cost: Free - all welcome

Contact info: Professor Nigel Birch

Contact email: n.birch@auckland.ac.nz

Inhibition and the control of locomotion

Professor Martyn Goulding, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, California, USA

Inhibition plays an important role in shaping neural activity and behaviour. In the spinal cord, inhibition is essential for limb coordination, locomotion and for gating sensory inputs that relay noxious and innocuous stimuli.

In this seminar, Professor Martyn Goulding will discuss recent work that has defined the cellular composition of the inhibitory circuits that secure flexor-extensor driven movements – essential for limbed locomotion. Professor Goulding will discuss the organisation of these circuits in the context of how the spinal circuitry was modified during evolution to generate limb driven movements, thus allowing vertebrates to colonise the terrestrial environment.