Friederike Buck, fifth year student in the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program, has received an F31 Research Award from the National Institutes of Health. This award will support Ms. Buck's research in the Bargmann Lab at The Rockefeller University. Specifically, this award will support her project "Neuronal Control of Motor State Transitions," which she described as follows:
Difficulty initiating or executing appropriate movement is characteristic of neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and ataxias, while abnormally repetitive movements are characteristic of neurological disorders such as Tourette Syndrome and neuropsychiatric disorders such as OCD and ASD. This research is aimed at understanding the neuronal mechanisms by which C. elegans nematodes initiate, execute and stabilize appropriate motor actions, in order to make predictions about how dysregulation of motor action patterns arise.