The Brain Prize Course: Movement and motor control in health and disease

Course overview

The ability to move in an automatic or a goal-directed manner is a crucial function for many living organisms to survive and interact efficiently with their environments. Movements generation depend on the coordinated activity of motor centres that are distributed in the cortex, the basal ganglia, the cerebellum, and the brainstem but that, altogether, shape the descending motor commands sent to the spinal cord which will then execute the appropriate movements by controlling the activity of motoneurons. Any alteration in these systems and/or their interaction will impair the flow of information leading to disastrous motor disorders. In this CAJAL course, we will not only discuss the common organization of motor centres across species (from lamprey to primate) but also the neuronal mechanism and dynamics that underlie spontaneous and voluntary movements as well as how pathological alteration of these activities can lead to detrimental motor performances and disease state.

The goal of this CAJAL course is to instruct promising young neuroscientists to the advanced scientific concepts established in the field of motor control. We will present the latest discoveries that has been made in different species that shed light on how voluntary and goal-directed movements are generated. We will also describe the computational advances and analysis method that has pushed the limit of understanding movement generation.

Course directors

Rune Berg
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Claire Wyart
Paris Brain Institute, France

Nicolas Mallet
University of Bordeaux, France

Seminal Lecture

Réjean Dubuc – Université de Montréal, Canada

Honorary lectures from Brain Prize Winners

Sylvia Arber – Basel University, Switzerland
Ole Kiehn – University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Keynote Speakers

David McLean – Northwestern University, USA
Lora Sweeney – Institute of Science and Technology A., Austria
Jonathan Whitlock – KISN, Norway
Camille Jeunet – INCIA CNRS, Bordeaux University, France
Marie-Laure Welter – Paris Brain Institute, France
Joaquim Alves da Silva – Champalimaud CU, Portugal
Gilad Silberberg – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Claire Meehan – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Ian Duguid – University of Edinburgh, UK
Samuel Sober, Emory University, USA


Brice de la Crompe – Freiburg University, Germany
Emeline Pierrieau – CNRS, Bordeaux University, France
Roberto de la Torre Martinez – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Amanda Jacob – Emory University, USA
Graziana Gatto – Emory University, USA
Xinyu Jia – Paris Brain Institute, France
Salif Komi – University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lise Guilhemsang – University of Bordeaux, France

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Publication: 11/06/24
Mise à jour: 20/06/24