Center for the Study of Rhythmic Processes
Final rept. 1 Oct 1986-30 Apr 1990
NORTHEASTERN UNIV BOSTON MA
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The Center for the Study of Rhythmic Processes began operation in the academic year 1986-1989 and was supported as a Center of Excellence through June 1990. The Center gathered together mathematicians and biologists to work on problems involving neural control of rhythmic motor behavior. There were two main problems addresses during this time. One was the structure and function of the intersegmental coordinating system of the vertebrate spinal cord, using the lamprey as the prototypic example. A broadly applicable mathematical framework was developed and applied. The major research Centers of the country working on this preparation were consolidated under the auspices of the Center. The new collaborations led to the design and performance of new experiments based on the mathematics. The second problem was the structure and function of small neural networks, such as the crustacean stomatogastric ganglion. Work was performed on tasks ranging from the biophysics of individual cells to emergent properties of the network.
- Anatomy and Physiology