Curriculum Vitae

Research accomplishments


DAVID THURA

Research Associate
University of Montreal

Ph.D. Neuroscience
Université de la Méditerranée, Aix-Marseille II
2007

Contact Information

Faculté de médecine - Département de Neurosciences
Groupe de Recherche sur le Système Nerveux Central (GRSNC)
Université de Montréal
Pavillon Paul-G.-Desmarais
C.P. 6128 Succursale Centre-ville
Montréal, Québec, H3C 3J7, Canada

Work : +1 514-343-6111 x3302
Fax : +1 514-343-2111
E-mail : david.thura@umontreal.ca


News (last update : June 15, 2014)


PREVIOUS TALKS

Micro-stimulation of premotor and motor cortex affects choice duration during dynamic decision-making

2014 CAN satellite meeting, May 25th, Montreal (CANADA)

Dynamic decisions about actions: evidence for an embodied, urgency-based mechanism for reward rate maximization

Invited talk at the Institut de Neurosciences des Systemes, June 11, Marseille (FRANCE)


OUR LAST PAPER PUBLISHED IN NEURON




Research interests

I'm interested in neural mechanisms underlying higher-order brain functions linking perception and action. 

My Ph.D. research focused on the FEF, a major component of the cerebral network that is now thought to contribute to decision making, as well as to visual and oculomotor processes. We used single-neuron recordings in the monkey to test the hypothesis that FEF neurons integrate signals from the hand to ensure adapted ocular exploration of peripersonal space. 

My post-doctoral stage in Paul Cisek’s lab provided me with the opportunity to pursue the exploration of complex integrative functions, i.e. decision making, in brain regions such as PMd and the FEF that were traditionally thought as participating only to “low-level”, i.e. effector-specific, sensorimotor control.

Today I am a research associate in Paul Cisek's lab at University of Montreal. 
We are exploring the neural bases of speed-accuracy trade-off adjustments during dynamic decisions and movement execution.


Funding

- Herbert H. Jasper / GRSNC (Universite de Montreal, Canada) - Postdoctoral fellowship - 09/2011-09/2013 - 90.000 $CAD
- Fondation Fyssen (France) - Postdoctoral Fellowship - 09/2008-09/2010 - 50.000 
ANPP (France) - PhD Grant


                                                                                                                                            

Neurophysiological recordings in Paul Cisek's lab, University of Montreal
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