2015-2017 Basic Research Fellowship Award

Interactions between motor cortical inhibitory and excitatory circuits

Dr. Natasha Radhu | University of Toronto (CAMH)

$80,000 (2 years) Porridge for Parkinson’s Basic Research Fellowship Award

Interactions between motor cortical inhibitory and excitatory circuits in Parkinson’s disease using transcranial magnetic stimulation

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Radhu uses Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to study the brain’s excitatory and inhibitory circuits. She is investigating whether an imbalance in the circuits in the motor cortex, the section of the brain that governs movement, leaves people with Parkinson’s disease unable to calm a barrage of signals to the area of the brain that directs movement. If she can demonstrate this imbalance, she hopes her research will lead to a diagnostic tool and a way to see if the medication used to treat Parkinson’s is effective.