Seventh day at Duke 3 Sep

Yet another great day, at this point they are going too fast.


First;  Motor Systems: Periphery with Michael Platt, Professor; Director, Duke Institute for Brain Science, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience DIBS, D-CIDES, CCN Neurobiology, School of Medicine, DIBS Director, DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator, Member, DIBS Executive Board, Member, DIBS Center, D-CIDES Member.

The difference between the upper and lower motor neurons, reflexes and movement coordination.

Lecture 2: Motor Systems: Central with Michael Platt (as before)

Behavioral evidence for motor programs, population coding, goal selection, the sensitivity of pre motor neurons in the value of movements.

Lecture 3:  Research Tools: TMS and DBS  with (Holly) Sarah H. Lisanby, MD, Lawrence C. Katz Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division Director, Brain Stimulation and Neurophysiology and General Psychiatry.

The application of focal brain stimulation with clinical application.  This lecture backed up the TMS Lab which I  did last week.

Lunch:  Appointment with Allison Ashley-Koch, PhD, Professor, Center for Human Genetics, Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine, DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator. Went to see Dr Ashley-Koch to ask about Arnold Chiari Malformation and about entry requirements for a PhD in that area at Duke.

Lab: Today’s lab was Neurogenetics of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (II) in Jiang Neurogenetics Lab.  1) Running of agarose gel, purifying DNA from gel, analysing DNA sequence. 2) Examining autistic behaviour in transgenic mice; quantifying repetitive self grooming

Agarose gel wells filled and run on gel eletrophoresis

Jiang Lab and our group in session

Andreas Pappas and Alex Bey our lab teachers

Dinner: Was out in downtown Durham at Pops Trattoria Another delicious night out with the group; the food and wine was as good as the company! Went on for a beer after to the James Joyce Bar…not quite what I expected, however, it was ok and again the company was good.

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