Journal article

The ovine motor cortex: A review of functional mapping and cytoarchitecture

Sam E John, Timothy JH Lovell, Nicholas L Opie, Stefan Wilson, Theodore C Scordas, Yan T Wong, Gil S Rind, Stephen Ronayne, Sebastien H Bauquier, Clive N May, David B Grayden, Terence J O'Brien, Thomas J Oxley



In recent years, sheep (Ovis aries) have emerged as a useful animal model for neurological research due to their relatively large brain and blood vessel size, their cortical architecture, and their docile temperament. However, the functional anatomy of sheep brain is not as well studied as that of non-human primates, rodents, and felines. For example, while the location of the sheep motor cortex has been known for many years, there have been few studies of the somatotopy of the motor cortex and there were a range of discrepancies across them. The motivation for this review is to provide a definitive resource for studies of the sheep motor cortex. This work critically reviews the literature e..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Dr. Robin McAllen and Dr. Rebecca Doyle for their comments and helpful suggestions. The research was supported by: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC Project Grant 1062532); the Defence Health Foundation, Australia (DHF); Defence Science Institute, Australia (DSI); Brain Foundation, Australia; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), USA; Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global, USA; Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.