Neuronal circuits for fine motor skills

IMAGE: Eating spaghetti requires a high level of fine motor skills. view more  Credit: University of Basel, Biozentrum Writing, driving a screw or throwing darts are only some of the activities that demand a high level of skill. How the brain masters such exquisite movements has now been described in the journal “Nature” by a team […]

New non-invasive technology could spot early signs of motor disorders in babies

The research, carried out using a wearable cuff, provides a new method for monitoring movements in babies, and new insights into how babies’ reflexes – like kicking – develop. These insights and the cuff could also be used to spot early signs of motor disorders such as cerebral palsy. The research, published today in Science […]

Possible triggers of autism symptoms and motor issues identified for several rare diseases

New research on the genetics of Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes could help in developing personalised therapies for associated mental illness and autism features. Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) and Angelman syndrome (AS) have few treatments for associated complications including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and mental health issues such as psychosis. Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and University […]