Lectures and seminars Seminar: Dopamine and Striatal Microcircuits in Action Selection

07-11-2022 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Add to iCal
Karolinska University Hospital, Solna BioClinicum, J3:11 Birger & Margareta Blombäck

Welcome to a seminar with Dr. Alexandra Nelson: "Dopamine and Striatal Microcircuits in Action Selection".

Portrait of Alexandra Nelson.
Alexandra Nelson


Dr. Alexandra Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, USA.


Dopamine and Striatal Microcircuits in Action Selection.


A critical function of the brain is to choose and execute specific actions, or action selection. We often take for granted that when we perform a given action, we are not performing many other related and unrelated actions.  However, the active suppression by brain circuits of alternative actions becomes evident in several brain diseases, including Huntington's Disease, dystonia, and levodopa-induced dyskinesia, all of which are characterized by involuntary movement. In my talk I will discuss the role of the input nucleus of the basal ganglia, the striatum, in action selection in mouse models, using two dopamine-related complications of Parkinson's Disease as a way to show how this system can break down. Our studies in levodopa-induced dyskinesia suggest specific subpopulations of striatal neurons that mediate involuntary movements, with unique physiology. I will also discuss new research on impulse control disorder (ICD), another complication of Parkinson's Disease treatment, and its mechanisms.


BioClinicum, J3:11 Birger & Margareta Blombäck


November 7, 2022, 11.00 – 12.00

Follows the seminar: Sleep disruption by cannabis and alcohol in murine models (10.00 – 11.00).


Karima Chergui Senior Lecturer