Our Research Aims

  • to identify and characterise spinal cord circuits involved in producing movement
  • to identify and characterise spinal cord neurons involved in producing the pattern and rhythm of locomotion
  • to identify the properties and functions of motoneurons – the spinal cord cells that cause muscles to contract
  • to identify how the spinal cord regulates the properties of motoneurons to ensure the appropriate degree of muscle contraction is produced
  • to identify and characterise brain stem neurons that initiate movement by activating spinal cord circuits.
  • to characterise embryonic stem cell-derived motoneurons and their possible use in transplantation