Hair Cells and Afferent Neurons of the Vestibular Ear: Driving Fast Reflexes

Thursday, April 9th, 2015, 11:00 AM
Elmore Auditorium
Ruth Anne Eatock, PhD, University of Chicago
Samuel M. Young, Jr., PhD
(561) 972-9000

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The vestibular inner ear detects head motions from very low frequencies to tens of Hertz.  In recordings of stimulus-evoked signals from vestibular hair cells and afferents of rodents, temporal fidelity is enhanced by specializations of mechano-electrical transduction, voltage-gated ion channel expression, synaptic transmission, and spike generation.  Some of the specializations map differently onto the central and peripheral zones of vestibular sensory epithelia.  Such mapping is likely critical to the remarkable ability of vestibular reflexes to stabilize gaze, heading and posture over a wide frequency range.

This seminar is open to faculty, scientists, and students from Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and the Scripps Research Institute Florida, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, Florida. If you belong to an institution outside of the Jupiter campus and would like to attend, please send a request to seminars@mpfi.org