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Human hand function: the limitations of brain and brawn
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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
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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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09.00

Motor unit matters

  Andrew Fuglevand, University of Arizona, USA
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09.30

Cortical and non-cortical matters

  Stuart Baker, Newcastle University, UK
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10.00

Central and peripheral matters

  Simon Gandevia, Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
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10.30 Refreshments
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11.15

Control and prosthetic matters

  Marc Scheiber, University of Rochester, USA
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11.45

Clinical and rehabilitation matters

  Nick Ward, University College London, UK
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