Neural Control of Movement
The primary goal of research in the lab is to provide a better understanding of the neural control of movement with a focus on motor systems of the brainstem and spinal cord. We utilise a combination of electrophysiological and molecular techniques to study spinal neurons which control movement. Analyses extend from the level of ion channels up to entire neuronal networks involved in rhythmic motor behaviours. Our studies concentrate on both the normal physiology of spinal neurons and perturbations in their properties which occur due to disease. Such studies are critical for the development of treatment strategies for spinal cord injury or disease.