Frontiers Conference at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh researchers play a leading role in a White House conference, co-hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon, on the future of innovation.

Peter Strick

  • Distinguished Professor and Chair, Neurobiology
  • Thomas Detre Endowed Chair in Neuroscience
  • Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry
  • Co-Director, Center for Neuroscience
  • Director, Systems Neuroscience Institute
  • Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center
  • Scientific Director, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute


Strick's research focuses on four major topics: the motor areas of the cerebral cortex, specifically in movement and control, as well as in motor skill acquisition and retention; the motor, cognitive, and affective functions of the basal ganglia and cerebellum; the neural basis for the mind-body connection; and unraveling the complex neural networks that make up the central nervous system.

Experiments in Strick’s laboratory led to major modifications in the widely held view of the primary motor cortex as the main cortical area that projects to the spinal cord and generates movement, with other brain regions only influencing motor output through the primary motor cortex.

His most recent work traces the neural circuitry between motor and affective regions of the brain to other organs, possibly explaining how “psychosomatic” conditions arise and suggesting treatment targets for a variety of disorders.