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Grantee in the News:  Brad Sutton’s Motor Skills Research in Neurolmage

May 13
2014

Grantee in the News: Brad Sutton’s Motor Skills Research in Neurolmage View MoreBACK

On May 9th, 2014 Neurolmage Journal published new research from Brad Sutton, PhD, a 2010 AFAR Research Grant recipient.

Dr. Sutton’s research looks at changes in the brain that accompany age related decline in fine motor skills.

By using a technique known as diffusion tensor imaging, Dr. Sutton was able to identify and assess age-related changes in the structural integrity of the neural pathways that are important for muscles involved in controlling the fingers, lips, and tongue.

Dr. Sutton’s finding indicates differences in the ability to maintain fine muscle control with age is not uniform across the fingers, lips, and tongue.  This work suggests that changes in motor control may be accompanied by change in the brain although it is not due to age-related declines in the primary motor pathways.

Brad Sutton, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Illinois.

Interested in learning more about the biological causes behind why we age?  Visit AFAR’s InfoAging page on the Biology of Aging.





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