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Characterization of spinal learning in a repetitive yet skilled locomotor task

Project description

Shedding light on the contribution of the spinal cord to movement behaviour

Movement adjustment is a key element for survival in the animal kingdom. While the role of the brain in this process has always been at the epicentre of research, studies have revealed that the spinal cord is also crucial in adapting and learning motor sequences. The EU-funded SpiLearn project investigates the brain-independent mechanisms of learning that take place within the spinal cord. The project will perform a series of behavioural experiments based on pharmacological stimulation and circuit manipulation. It will identify the circuit dynamics that underlie motor learning capacity. SpiLearn is the first research project that attempts to trace the relationship between cell-type specific activity profiles in the spinal cord and a motor learning behaviour.


Net EU contribution
€ 175 920,00
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
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Research Organisations
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