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Human hand function: the limitations of brain and brawn

Cellular & Integrative Neuroscience Cellular & Integrative Neuroscience

Organised by Richard Fitzpatrick and Simon Gandevia, Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 13 July 2011
LT6 (Experimental Psychology B)

Movement is the output from the nervous system that generates all our interactions with the world. The function of the upper limb and hand in exploration of the environment and in communication, such as writing and gesture, is supremely developed in primates. Speakers in the symposium will cover different levels of this function, from the way in which the hand motoneurones are driven by descending brain inputs to how the many muscles which can move the digits are functionally controlled.

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08.45 Welcome and introduction by the organisers
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Mechanical properties and neural control of human hand motor units

  Andrew Fuglevand, University of Arizona, USA
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Cortical and non-cortical matters

  Stuart Baker, Newcastle University, UK
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The range of constraints for control of the human hand

  Simon Gandevia, Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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10.30 Refreshments
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Changing circuits that control the fingers: Dissociating motor cortex from the motor

  Marc Scheiber, University of Rochester, USA
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What leads to recovery of hand function after stroke?

  Nick Ward, University College London, UK
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