MRC Grant: How the brain controls our sense of touch.
LJMU’s press office has announced the news of our MRC grant award:
A three-year Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study (£~700K) is being led by Dr Sue Francis (PI) at Nottingham University’s Sir Peter Mansfield Brain Imaging Centre and Professor Francis McGlone (Co-I) from the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology at LJMU.
The project will map the cortical representation of the digits to corresponding areas of the somatosensory cortex in response to mechanical stimulation and, for the first time, bespoke patterns of single nerve fibre electrical stimulation, during fMRI. They will be recording the electrical signatures given out by individual touch nerves and feeding those tailored signatures back to the nerves, using in-house designed MR-compatible microstimulation equipment.