Univ. Paris-Saclay

Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé

Optical control of neuronal activity in awake behaving animals
Claire Wyart
Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinère, Paris
Mercredi 19/09/2012, 11:15
SPEC Salle Itzykson, Bât.774, Orme des Merisiers

We are interested in understanding how neurons in the spinal cord are recruited during locomotion, and in particular how the spinal networks integrate dynamically sensory inputs during active locomotion. For this purpose, we developed light gated channels to manipulate neuronal activity in sensory neurons in vivo and observe the effect at the level of the circuit as well as the behavioural output. Our model of choice is a small transparent animal where light penetration enables to both image neuronal activity using fluorescent sensors and manipulate firing in specific neurons. We will show how we quantify the behavior of the animals and focus our initial work on testing the role of inhibition in the spinal circuits underlying locomotion.

Contact : Patrice BERTET


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