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Research interests

The overall aim of my research is to understand the contributions the mammalian cerebellum makes to the control of voluntary limb movements.

The cerebellum is the largest motor structure within the brain and to succeed in this aim would substantially increase knowledge of the way in which movements are controlled, as well as shed light on the functional organization of a major neural structure and the pathways linking it to other parts of the nervous system.

In particular, the climbing fibre pathways connecting the inferior olive (a brainstem nucleus) to the cerebellum play a vital but enigmatic role in the regulation of movements. In the short to medium term a key aim of my work is to test and refine the hypothesis that these connections provide 'error signals' to the cerebellum during performance of both new and well-rehearsed movements.

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Research Output

Cerebellar cortical organization: a one-map hypothesis

Apps, R. & Hawkes, R., Sep 2009, In : Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 10, 9, p. 670-681 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 261 Citations (Scopus)

    Structural basis of cerebellar microcircuits in the rat

    Cerminara, N. L., Aoki, H., Loft, M., Sugihara, I. & Apps, R., 16 Oct 2013, In : Journal of Neuroscience. 33, 42, p. 16427-16442 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

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  • 24 Citations (Scopus)
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    Consensus paper: Decoding the Contributions of the Cerebellum as a Time Machine. From Neurons to Clinical Applications

    Bareš, M., Apps, R., Avanzino, L., Breska, A., D'Angelo, E., Filip, P., Gerwig, M., Ivry, R. B., Lawrenson, C. L., Louis, E. D., Lusk, N. A., Manto, M., Meck, W. H., Mitoma, H. & Petter, E. A., 15 Apr 2019, In : Cerebellum. 18, 2, p. 266-286 21 p.

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  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
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    Activities

    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    Early career investigators’ grant funding workshop: The role of the cerebellum in fear circuits.

    Charlotte L Lawrenson (Organiser), , R Apps (Participant), , Bridget Lumb (Participant), & Elena Paci (Participant)

    1 Jul 20182 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Supervised Work

    Neural Network Activity during Visuomotor Adaptation

    Author: Darch, H., 19 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Apps, R. (Supervisor) & Gilchrist, I. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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