Come visit us at the International Ataxia Research conference IARC 2017 to learn more about our systems to study ataxia.
To investigate ataxia and related motor disabilities, from neuronal pathways to possible treatments, several animal models and a range of standardized tests are used. Well-known examples include the rotarod, (rotating) beam walk test, treadmills, and complete gait analysis systems such as CatWalk XT.
Illuminated footprint technology records the dynamic footprints as the animal crosses a dark corridor voluntarily. These prints are then processed within the CatWalk XT software, and calculates a number of statistics based on print size, the distances and amount of time between footprints and footfalls, and so much more. This allows for easy, stress-free testing. For more information, click here.
While CatWalk XT offers a lot of options to study gait and locomotion, studying motor learning and the specific functioning of the cerebellum requires a more specific test. For this, we present the ErasmusLadder, which gets its name from Erasmus MC (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) where this new test was developed. The ErasmusLadder task allows specific testing of cerebellar locomotion performance and learning.
We look forward to meeting you in Pisa, Italy!