junior research group

Sensorimotor ADAPtation

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The populations of neurons in the spinal cord are critical for generating innate and conscious behaviors that enable animals to explore the environment, search for food, escape predators, and adapt to difficult situations. We have developed, and will continue to develop, advanced genetic approaches to target specific populations of neurons in the spinal cord and sensory ganglia and to study their function under physiological conditions and in disease. Understanding the role of each neuron type in sensory perception and motor execution during ethologically relevant behaviors is crucial to identify the causes of disease onset and its prognosis. This knowledge will be fundamental to identify the pathways needed to promote motor and sensory recovery in patients with neurodegenerative diseases or spinal cord injuries and to avoid the occurrence of side effects such as chronic pain, itching or spasticity.

 

 

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Dr. Graziana Gatto

Principal Investigator

 

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Sandrina Campos Maçãs

PhD

 

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Ana Catarina Galvão

PhD