The Chair of the Department of Health and Human Physiology, Professor Warren Darling, and Professor Robert Morecraft of the University of South Dakota Division of Biomedical Sciences published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience that is featured in Neuronline, the Society for Neuroscience's online collection of research papers and resources.
The article explains the effects of injury to lateral cortical sensorimotor areas. Darling, Morecraft, and their research team concluded that recovery after brain injury affecting motor and sensory processing areas, which is common in stroke patients, is at least partially mediated by increases in connections from medial brain motor areas, which are often spared in stroke, onto neurons located in the brainstem.
Warren Darling joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1987. His research focuses on control of upper limb movements and recovery of hand and digit fine motor function after brain injury. He directs the UI's Motor Control Lab, which focuses on neural control of the upper limb in health, with disease, following injury, and over the lifespan.