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Virtual Seminar: Central Pattern Generation and Central Pain Suppression Circuits

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Fan Wang, Ph.D.

Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Virtual Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: Center rhythm generator and central pain suppression circuits

Oct. 22, 2021 

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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About this Seminar

Dr. Wang will discuss neural circuits in the central nervous system that control movements and sensations. She will  first describe a recurrent inhibitory circuit in the brainstem that produces rhythmic movement. In the second part of the talk, she will describe a central amygdala circuit that potently suppresses pain. These circuits are delineated using a combination of in vivo recording or imaging, optogenetics, monosynaptic viral tracing, and behavioral tests.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Neurobiology Research. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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