Neural Disruption and Motor Dysfunctions

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
December 10, 2020 (Zoom recording by Belmont Media Center Community TV)

Jill R. Crittenden, Ph.D., Research Scientist (Graybiel Lab) and Scientific Advisor, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT.

Dr. Crittenden describes the complex neural mechanisms that make ordinary movement possible. She explains how disruptions in those mechanisms result in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and also less permanent dysfunctions. This research uses sophisticated analysis, very advanced technology, and genetic engineering.