Eve Marder: Understanding Circuit Dynamics

I. Introduction to Central Pattern Generators
II. Neuromodulation
III. Homeostasis
IV. Intra-animal Variability

Part IV: Intra-animal Variability

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Lecture Overview
In Part 1, Marder introduces us to central pattern generators (CPGs), the circuits in the nervous system that control rhythmic movements such as walking or breathing. She goes on to explain that the stomatogastric nervous system from crustaceans is an excellent model system for studying CPGs, in part, because the connectivity of all the major neurons is known. Using the stomatogastic system, Marder and colleagues have asked how rhythmic circuits are generated and maintained over the life of the animal. More >>

Speaker Bio
Eve Marder received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oregon and at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Marder returned to Brandeis in 1978 where she is now Head of the Division of Science, and Professor of Neuroscience in the Biology Department. Dr. Marder’s lab uses the stomatogastric nervous system of lobsters and crabs to understand how neural circuit function arises from individual neurons and their connections and how circuits are modulated by neuropeptides. Marder has received many honors for her work including election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.

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