Research Roundup: August 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018
By Jennifer Kornbluth

Here are summaries of a selection of the papers published by Duke Neurobiology in August 2018:

Motor Learning:

Steve Lisberger and Nathan Hall show that cerebellum-dependent direction learning in smooth pursuit eye movements grows in at least two components over 1100 behavioral learning repetitions. Read more

Neural cell biology:

Cameron Prigge and Jeremy Kay review recent studies in vertebrate retina and brain that elucidate key mechanisms of dendrite functional maturation. Read more

By combining in vivo electrophysiology with computational modeling, Warren Grill and collaborators demonstrate that antidromic activation of the cortico-thalamic-cortical pathway is sufficient to generate the intermediate- and long-latency cortical responses to deep brain stimulation in the sub-thalamic nucleus. Read more


Ru-Rong Ji and other team members of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine discuss how neuroinflammation drives widespread chronic pain via central sensitization. They also discuss sex-dependent glial/immune signaling in chronic pain and new therapeutic approaches that control neuroinflammation for the resolution of chronic pain. Read more