The brain has remarkable abilities to integrate diverse sensory inputs from the outside world and generate appropriate motor commands to direct voluntary movements. The process by which brain establishes specific relationship between these sensory information and motor outputs, also known as the sensorimotor processing, is not only fundamental for movement control, but also important for complex executive and cognitive functions. The sensorimotor processing requires perfect coordination of multiple brain regions. While extensive studies on these brain regions have been devoted to illustrate their specific cellular and circuit mechanisms for sensorimotor processing, how are these brain regions coordinated and what are the mechanisms of multi-regional computation remain unclear. We approach these questions by studying the cortico-cerebellar communication in the context of several sensorimotor behaviors. We address our overarching goal using combined anatomical, behavioural, pharmacological, optogenetic and electrophysiological methods. Our recent projects aim to dissect the anatomical and functional organisation of the cerebellar output neurons in sensorimotor learning and motor planning paradigms.
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