Dr. Mei Zhen
What does a worm''s nervous system tell us about disorders like Huntington''s Disease?
By studying the motor circuitry of the C.elegans worm, Dr. Mei Zhen''s team at the Mount Sinai''s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute has been able to determine that specific neurons control specific movements. This new insight will be applied to help patients with certain neurodegenerative diseases that affect their balance and coordination.
Compared to billions of neurons in the human brain, C.elegans has a basic nervous system with only a few hundred neurons…
Dr. Zhen''s research group is a leader for probing this worm''s nerve circuitry in real time. We can now see which patterns of activity between neurons are responsible for coordinated behaviour.