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LocomotorIntegration SIGNED

Functional connectome of brainstem circuits that control locomotion

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Organization address
address: Nobels Vag 5
postcode: 17177

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET SE (STOCKHOLM) coordinator 1˙125˙130.00
2    KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET DK (KOBENHAVN) participant 1˙374˙869.00


 Project objective

Locomotion is a complex motor act that is used in many daily life activities and is the output measures of a plethora of brain behaviors. The planning and initiation of locomotion take place in the brain and brainstem, while the execution is accomplished by activity in neuronal networks in the spinal cord itself. Recent experiments have provided significant insight to the organization of the executive spinal locomotor networks. However, little is known about the brainstem control of these networks. Here, I propose to provide a unified understanding of the functional connectome of the key brainstem networks that control locomotion in mammals needed to select appropriate locomotor outputs. To obtain these goals we will develop a suite of transgenic mouse models with optogenetic or chemogenetic switches in defined populations of brainstem neurons combined with the possibility to use state-of-the-art cell-specific electrophysiological and anatomical connectivity studies. We will reveal the functional organization of ‘go’ and ‘stop’ command systems in the brainstem that are directly upstream from the spinal locomotor networks and the mechanisms for how spinal networks are selected. We will further functionally deconstruct the next network layer in midbrain structures that control the ‘go’ and ‘stop’ command systems. Our research takes a specific approach to provide mechanistic insight to the integrated movement function by building the motor matrix in a functional chain from the locomotor–related spinal cord neurons that have been identified to midbrain neurons. A segment of our research will link these networks to locomotor impairments after basal ganglia dysfunction. The work has the potential to make a breakthrough in our understanding of how complex movements are generated by the brain and has translational implications for patients with movement disorders. It will push boundaries in the universal effort that aims to comprehend how brain networks create behaviors.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Carmelo Bellardita, Vittorio Caggiano, Roberto Leiras, Vanessa Caldeira, Andrea Fuchs, Julien Bouvier, Peter Löw, Ole Kiehn
Spatiotemporal correlation of spinal network dynamics underlying spasms in chronic spinalized mice
published pages: , ISSN: 2050-084X, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.23011
eLife 6 2019-06-13
2018 V. Caggiano, R. Leiras, H. Goñi-Erro, D. Masini, C. Bellardita, J. Bouvier, V. Caldeira, G. Fisone, O. Kiehn
Midbrain circuits that set locomotor speed and gait selection
published pages: 455-460, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/nature25448
Nature 553/7689 2019-06-13

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