Department of Neurobiology

Turner, Robert
PhD, University of Washington
Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology
and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
University of Pittsburgh
4074 BST3
  3501 Fifth Avenue
  Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3301
Tel: 412-383-5395
Fax: 412-383-9061
Website: my CNBC page

Basal ganglia and cortex in health and disease.

    Research in my lab focuses on three primary questions:
  1. What does the basal ganglia contribute to the control of movement and executive function in healthy individuals?
  2. What physiologic processes underlie the signs of basal ganglia-related disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia?
  3. How does deep brain stimulation (DBS) work to alleviate symptoms in Parkinson's disease, dystonia, OCD/Tourette's, and an expanding array of other clinical applications?

Sample Publications:

Axonal and synaptic failure suppress the transfer of firing rate oscillations, synchrony and information during high frequency deep brain stimulation.
Rosenbaum R, Zimnik A, Zheng F, Turner RS, Alzheimer C, Doiron B, Rubin JE.
Neurobiol Dis. 2014 Feb;62:86-99.

Primary motor cortex of the parkinsonian monkey: altered neuronal responses to muscle stretch.
Pasquereau B, Turner RS.
Front Syst Neurosci. 2013 Nov 26;7:98.

Limited encoding of effort by dopamine neurons in a cost-benefit trade-off task.
Pasquereau B, Turner RS.
J Neurosci. 2013 May 8;33(19):8288-300.

Bursts and oscillations as independent properties of neural activity in the parkinsonian globus pallidus internus.
Chan V, Starr PA, Turner RS.
Neurobiol Dis. 2011 Jan;41(1):2-10.

Motor sequences and the basal ganglia: kinematics, not habits.
Desmurget M, Turner RS.
J Neurosci. 2010 Jun 2;30(22):7685-90.

Deep brain stimulation of the globus pallidus internus in the parkinsonian primate: local entrainment and suppression of low-frequency oscillations.
McCairn KW, Turner RS.
J Neurophysiol. 2009 Apr;101(4):1941-60.

Testing basal ganglia motor functions through reversible inactivations in the posterior internal globus pallidus.
Desmurget M, Turner RS.
J Neurophysiol. 2008 Mar;99(3):1057-76.

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