More than just walking: a new role for core brain region
For decades, a key brain area called the mesencephalic locomotor region has been thought to merely regulate locomotion. Now, researchers in Silvia Arber’s group have shown that the region is involved in much more than walking, as it contains distinct populations of neurons that control different body movements. The findings could help to improve certain therapies for Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that leads to tremor, stiffness, and problems controlling different movements.
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