Adaptation in the central nervous system (CNS) in a neurophysiological and molecular perspective
The research is both dealing with human experiments and animal models.
In humans the focus is on understanding the ongoing processes in relation to learning new movements. How fast can we learn new skills?- How long do they last? What is consolidation? Which areas of the brain are the most dominant etc? A simple example of learning a new movement pattern is demonstrated in the video with the basketball player. The basketball player is shooting well without prism-glasses but with the prism-glasses the basketball player has to adapt and perform a new movement pattern to have succes.
In the animal models the research are focused on molecular adaptation in CNS. Both adaptation in relation to physical exercise and also spinal cord injury. Following spinal cord injury spasticity very often develops and at the same time the reflexes and motor neurones becomes hyperexcitable. The research is seaching for links between the excitability and molecular adaptation with the perspective to develop new treatments and rehabilitation methods.
Head of project: Jacob Wienecke