The University of Minnesota has one of the largest and
most highly regarded motor control groups in the world.
Research deals primarily with the control of limb movement
in three-dimensional space and hand-eye coordination,
including the functions of the motor cortex, basal ganglia,
cerebellum and cerebellar afferent systems, and the nature
of sensorimotor transformations controlling movement.
The Motor Control group uses a variety of approaches ranging
from a biomechanical description of movement kinematics
and kinetics to single unit recording from alert animals
and encompassing human psychophysics, functional magnetic
resonance imaging, and neural network models. The group
studying normal movement is complemented by a large group
of researchers studying cerebellar ataxia and other diseases
of the motor system. This group uses cellular and molecular
approaches including genetics and transgenic mouse models
to understand diseases of the motor system.