International Motor Neuron Meeting

Axons of motoneurons
Motoneuron properties
Voluntary control of motoneurons
Historical session – Motoneurons: on the shoulders of giants
Rhythmic control of motoneurons
Motoneuron adaptationMotoneuron disease
Motoneuron behaviour in peopleMotoneurons after spinal cord injury
Motoneurons after strokeMotoneurons and the muscle
+ show speakers and program
Axons of motoneurons
Hugh Bostock – In vivo assessment of motor axon and muscle membrane properties
Lydia Kudina – Excitability changes in single human motor axons transmitting natural spike trains
François Couraud – Properties of the axon initial segment
Janet Taylor – Changes in the recurrent discharge of human motoneurons

Motoneuron properties
Ken Rose – Motoneurons: Channels, monoamines and transporters
Robert Fyffe – Channel expression and motoneuron type — any relationships
Rodolfo Delgado-Lezama – Extrasynaptic GABAA receptors regulate excitability of motoneurons

Voluntary control of motoneurons
David Burke – Measuring the excitability of the motoneuron pool
Maria Piotrkiewicz – Impact of synaptic noise on the stimulus-correlated motoneuron firing (computer simulation study)
Dario Farina – Origin of coherence peaks in the spike trains of populations of motor units
Minoru Shinohara – Corticomuscular coherence with and without additional task in the elderly
Dave Collins – Driving motoneurons with reflex inputs
Tjeerd Boonstra – Mechanisms and dynamics of oscillatory input to motoneurons

Historical session – Motoneurons: on the shoulders of giants
Doug Stuart – Pioneers of active CNS inhibition: Sechenov, Sherrington and Eccles
Robert Callister – Active CNS inhibition: David Curtis and the glycine story
Paul Foley – The MND/ALS concept: Alfred Campbell’s pre-WWII contributions

Rhythmic control of motoneurons
Reggie Edgerton – Sources of control of rhythmic and arrhythmic stepping
Jack Feldman – Breathing: Rhythm’s path to motoneurons
Gareth Miles – Spinally-derived modulation of motoneuron output
Aidas Alaburda – Temporal integration during initiation of scratching

Motoneuron adaptation
Piotr Krutki – Effects of the muscle overload on motor units and motoneurons

Motoneuron disease
Matthew Kiernan – Motoneurons: What have we learned from ALS?
Jacques Durand – Early disease and compensatory mechanisms in SOD1 mice
Daniel Zytniki – Lessons from mouse electrophysiological experiments on ALS pathophysiology
Michael Swash – Motor unit firing in ALS

Motoneuron behaviour in people
Andy Fuglevand – Awake and intact: In vivo assessment of PICs
Jacques Duchateau – Initial conditions influence the discharge of single motor units during fast contractions

Jorn Hounsgaard – Motoneurons and what makes them tick
Randy Powers – Contributions of sodium and potassium currents to synaptic amplification in motoneurons
Bob Lee – Interaction between Na PICs and motoneuron firing properties
CJ Heckman – Reverse engineering of motor unit firing patterns to estimate motor commands

Motoneurons after spinal cord injury
Gary Sieck – Recovery of phrenic motoneuron activity after spinal cord injury
George Hornby – Sustained amplification of volitional motor function in spinal cord injury: role of PICs in rehabilitation
Christine Thomas – Passive stretch of human muscles paralysed by spinal cord injury
Kris Kowalski – Respiratory motoneuron activation via high frequency spinal cord stimulation

Motoneurons after stroke
Zev Rymer – Motoneuron behaviour in stroke: Higher excitability, but lower sustained firing rates
John Rothwell – Importance of corticoreticulospinal inputs to motoneurons after stroke
Allie Hyngstrom – Abnormal neuromuscular fatigue and motor unit behaviour of leg muscles post-stroke
Jayne Garland – Motor unit recruitment and firing rate in gastrocnemius after stroke

Motoneurons and the muscle
Tom Sandercock – Motor units and the muscle
Jan Celichowski – Decomposition of motor unit unfused tetanic contractions
Veronique Marchand-Pauvert – Central effects of botulinum neurotoxin on spinal excitability
Marin Manuel – Properties of single adult mouse motor units recorded in vivo: Implication for their future

23 Jul - 26 Jul 2012
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