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Peter Strick, PhD

Thomas Detre Endowed Chair in Neuroscience & Chair of Neurobiology; Scientific Director, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute

University of Pennsylvania, BA in Biology 1968
University of Pennsylvania, PhD in Neuroscience 1972
Lab of Neurophysiology, NIMH/NIH, MD POSTDOC in Neuroscience 1976

My research focuses on 4 major topics: (i) the motor areas of the cerebral
cortex- their involvement in movement generation and control, as well as in motor skill acquisition and retention; (ii) the motor, cognitive and affective functions of the basal ganglia and cerebellum; (iii) the neural basis for the mind-body connection; and (iv) unraveling the complex neural networks that comprise the central nervous system.

  1. Rathelot JA, Strick PL. Muscle representation in the macaque motor cortex: an anatomical perspective. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 May 23;103(21):8257-62. PubMed PMID: 16702556; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1461407.
  2. Rathelot JA, Strick PL. Subdivisions of primary motor cortex based on cortico-motoneuronal cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jan 20;106(3):918-23. PubMed PMID: 19139417; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2621250.
  3. Levinthal DJ, Strick PL. The motor cortex communicates with the kidney. J Neurosci. 2012 May 9;32(19):6726-31. PubMed PMID: 22573695; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3363289.
  4. Dum RP, Strick PL. Transneuronal tracing with neurotropic viruses reveals network macroarchitecture. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2013 Apr;23(2):245-9. PubMed PMID: 23287632; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3920982.
  5. Dum RP, Levinthal DJ, Strick PL. Motor, cognitive, and affective areas of the cerebral cortex influence the adrenal medulla. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Aug 30;113(35):9922-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1605044113. PubMed PMID: 27528671; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5024624
Primary Address
4074 Biomedical Science Tower 3, 3501 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
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