Motor Systems Physiology Laboratory
Peter van Kan, Ph.D.
Laboratory Facilities and Experimental Approaches
The Motor Systems Physiology Laboratory in the Medical Science Center is available for study of the circuits and basic neural mechanisms involved in the guidance and control of voluntary limb movements in animals. Routinely used research methods include:
- Recording signals transmitted along neuroanatomically defined pathways in behaving monkeys and cats using microelectrodes.
- Studying behavioral deficits resulting from reversible inactivation of specific cell groups.
- Defining relevant neural pathways using contemporary neuroanatomical techniques.