New tools to analyse motor activity and movement

Organisers: Wiktor Niewiadomski and Grazyna Niewiadomska (Polish Academy of Sciences) and Gernot Riedel, Aberdeen University

Short name (in EasyChair): Rodent Movement (S7)


Increasing age and related neurodegenerative diseases are becoming a significant burden to society.  Intrinsic to these are difficulties in movement and injuries related to imbalance and failure of motor programming. Diseases like Parkinsonism, motor neurone disease or amyotrophic latera sclerosis (ALS), but also spinal cord injury or ageing-induced frailties pose a severe risk for the patient and a greater understanding for the underlying mechanisms is needed if we are to develop novel therapies. Multiple experimental models have emerged in which some disease relevant features occur, but our means of testing more detailed anomalies in movement have been lagging behind.  In this symposium, we seek to concentrate on the generation of novel analysis tools to extract more and refined data from rodent models of disease. These analysis tools are often based on well-established tests of grabbing, walking or other patterns of movement, but offer a novel approach to detecting and understanding the core principles of behaviour.