Role of Zona Incerta RXFP3+ cells in Fear Conditioning

  • Perry, Christina (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Lawrence, Andrew (Chief Investigator)
  • Kim, Jee Hyun (Chief Investigator)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    Learning and memory are fundamental to human and animal behaviour. We identified a specific population of cells in the zona incerta of the brain, where activation inhibits expression of memory, and facilitates the acquisition
    of new learning. Aside from our observations, nothing is currently known about the anatomy and function of these cells. This project aims to map how they connect to the rest of the brain, to observe how these connections are recruited during learning and memory, and then to test their function experimentally. The outcomes will extend the known neural circuitry that controls learning by defining how and where these unexplored pathways fit within it; thus advancing knowledge regarding neural regulation of behaviour. *Please note that this grant has been awarded from the ARC, and transfer from the University of Melbourne is in process
    Effective start/end date3/05/212/05/24