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Professor Ruth Empson

  • Professor

  • University of Otago

Professor Ruth Empson’s laboratory uses a combination of electrophysiology, live imaging and molecular approaches to better understand the consequences of modifications to neuronal circuits. She is interested in those circuits or networks within the cerebellum and motor cortex that contribute to our ability to make controlled movements. This research has relevance for highly debilitating and poorly treated movement disorders such as ataxia, motor neuron disease and spinal injury. She is also becoming increasingly interested in the contribution of the cerebellum to cognitive processes and its disruption in the poorly treated disorder, autism.