Abstract:

How the brain makes movements fast, smooth and accurate has remained a mystery.

In this talk I will discuss our studies identifying predictive, adaptively scaled activity in a cerebellar output structure that causally controls limb velocity to enhance movement precision. The data have implications into the fundamental algorithms of the cerebellum and suggest loci for interventions in motor disorders. 

Biography:

Associate Professor in Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
PhD from University of Washington working with David Perkel on basal ganglia contribution to song learning in birds and Postdoctoral fellowships at the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing, China with Minmin Luo and at Northwestern University working with Indira Raman.