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  Didier Morin
Professor - PhD
IUT depart. Hygiène Sécurité Environnement - U Bx1 ; UFR Sciences biologiques U Bx1 ; Université Bordeaux 1
Bordeaux 1
Team leader - Coordination and Plasticity of Spinal Generators
Institut de Neurosciences cognitives et intégratives d'Aquitaine
Bât. 2A- 3e étage-Case 22
146 rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux cedex

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Coordination and Plasticity of Spinal Generators - Sandrine Bertrand  
  Program areas:
Normal and pathological motor control

FENS Themes:
Motor systems / Locomotion ; Motor systems / Spinal cord ; Motor systems / Motoneurons ; Motor systems / Brain stem ; Sensory systems / Anatomy

Scientific expertise:
rhythmic activities ; functional interactions CPGs (locomotion and respiration) ; neuronal networks ontogenesis ; post-traumatic motor recuperation ; development

Technical expertise:
electrophysiology (EMG, ENG) ; patch-clamp electrophysiology ; extra- and intra-cellular electrophysiology ; neuropharmacology of motor system ; functional neuroanatomy ; models of spinal cord lesion

locomotion ; neural network ; sensori-motor loop ; connecting CPGs ; electrophysiology ; functional neuroanatomy ; spinal cord lesion ; mammal ; post-traumatic recuperation
Research interests: Our research is focussed on the analysis of neuronal network involved in the genesis of rhythmic activities in main physiological functions such as the mammanial respiration-locomotion. In particular, my research is directed towards studying the interactions between motoneuronal networks involved in a same function (connecting CPGs anterior and posterior limbs) or involved in distinct functions (connecting respiration-locomotion). One of main aspects is to understand the role of the sensory systems in proprioceptive aspects and the motor fittings.We have also an interest in the cellular and synaptic mechanisms which could involve the restoration of motoneuronal activities after a spinal cord lesion.
Research projects: * My first project aims at studying the role played by the thoracic neural circuitry on the interaction between cervical and lumbosacral locomotor generators. * My second research project aims at determining how these locomotor generators influence the activity of respiratory spinal neurons (more precisely phrenic, intercostal and abdominal motoneurons). * My last project aims at understanding the role played by spinal (at the cervical level) and pontine (namely the parabrachial nucleus) relays in locomotor-respiratory couplings.
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