Another way to learn about the underlying biological mechanism of primary motor stereotypies is to study animals that exhibit spontaneous repetitive movements. We’re currently conducting an animal study that examines the brain chemistry of deer mice that have inherited involuntary stereotypic jumping and somersault movements.
Our goal is to identify differences in brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) between animals with frequent and infrequent motor stereotypies. Understanding the underlying biological mechanisms could lead to the development of potential pharmacological treatments.
Future studies are planned to test specific, yet-to-be-determined drugs. Based on our animal studies, a pharmacotherapy treatment may be developed for patients with motor stereotypies disorder.