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At Hof
09-16-2002, 07:16 PM
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The Institute of Human Movement Sciences
University of Groningen, the Netherlands
head: Prof. Dr. Th. Mulder

P.O. Box 196,
9700 AD Groningen -NL
A. Deusinglaan 1 9713 AV
tel ++ 31.50.363.2719
fax ++ 31.50.363.3150



PhD POSSIBILITIES IN GRONINGEN

There are 3 vacant positions for junior
researchers (PhD-students) at the Institute of
Human Movement Sciences. We are looking for
ambitious students with a masters in movement
science, psychology, biology, or biomedical
engineering, who are willing to write a PhD-
thesis in Groningen. The thesis is based on the
experimental work they have to perform and
consists of a number (minimum 3) of articles in
peer reviewed international journal.

The students will be paid by the university for
a period of 4 years. The salary is approximately
25,830 euro for the first year, 26,735 euro for
the second year, 29,407 euro for the third year
and 34,661 euro for the final and fourth year.


Project 1 (duration 48 months)
POSTURAL CONTROL AFTER LOWER LIMB AMPUTATION:
CHANGES IN BODY REPRESENTATION AND THE RECOVERY
OF POSTURAL CONTROL

Main aim of the project is to gain more insight
into the changes in body representation that
take place after amputation of a lower limb. How
is the system reacting to the absence of normal
somatosensory feedback and what type of
information is used as an alternative input
source? How does the dependency on alternative
input changes across time? What is the
relationship between the mechanical
characteristics of the prosthesis and the above
mentioned adaptation processes? How do cognitive
processes interact with the control of a
prosthesis?

The project is a joint venture between the
Institute of Human Movement Sciences and the
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the
University Hospital in Groningen.

We are looking for ambitious students with an
adventurous mind and knowledge of motor control
and biomechanics and who are willing to work in
the lab. for virtual reality of the Inst. Human
Movement Sciences that consists of a moveable
large platform with force-plates which is on-
line connected to visual 3-D scenes and
surrounded by a circle of 6 optoelectronic
camera's. Furthermore surface electromyographic
registrations as well as EEG recordings can be
performed.

Information: Dr. E. Otten ++31.50.363.2755
or mobile 06.250.56582
e-mail e.otten@med.rug.nl or
Prof. Th. Mulder ++ 31.50.363.2718 or
2719
e-mail t.mulder@ppsw.rug.nl

Project 2 (duration 48 months)
THE ROLE OF MENTAL PRACTICE (MOVEMENT IMAGERY)
IN RELEARNING MOTOR CONTROL AFTER STROKE

The main aim of the project is to investigate
whether mental practice may function as a
valuable treatment tool for patients after
stroke. Mental practice refers to the repeated
imagery of movements without actually performing
these movements. It is known that MP results in
the activation of brain areas that are similar
to the areas that are activated by actual
physical performance. Furthermore, it has been
shown that learning may take place as a result
of MP. The project consist of a number of
experimental studies with stroke patients (>12
months after stroke) and age matched normals.
Questions: are stroke patients able to imagine
movements they are not able to perform and is
the neurophysiological effect the same as
compared to healthy elderly? What theoretical
axplanation can be given for the effects of MP
(afferent information as a result of the
cognitive act, or activation of a stored
representation of the movement)? After the
experimental studies which are performed in
close cooperation with the PET-centre of the
university, a clinical group-study will be
performed with three groups of stroke patients
(MP vs Physical training vs control).

We are looking for students with a masters in
neuropsychology, experimental psychology or
movement sciences.

Information: Prof. Th. Mulder ++
31.50.363.2718 or 2719
e-mail t.mulder@ppsw.rug.nl



Project 3 (duration 48 months)
LEARNING AT A DISTANCE: THE USE OF CONCEPTS FROM
TELEMEDICINE IN A HOME-BASED MOTOR TREATMENT
PROGRAM FOR PARKINSON PATIENTS

This project is aimed at the development of a
movement treatment program for Parkinson
patients at home. The project consists of an
experimental part and a clinical evaluation
study. Main questions are: what type of
information can be used for Parkinson patients
who have cognitive impairments (e.g. memory,
planning, attention), what form of learning
strategy may be used? The treatment is aimed at
gross motor skills such as: standing, walking,
rising from a chair, turning in bed. Patients
exercises will be monitored at home and progress
will be fed back. The project is embedded in a
larger research program on tele-medicine as
performed by Twente University in Enschede and
by Roessingh-Research in Enschede. The telematic
part will be developed in Enschede, whereas the
part focused on motor control and learning will
be executed in Groningen.

We are looking for an ambitious student with a
masters in neuropsychology, experimental
psychology, movement sciences, engineering.

information: Prof. Th. Mulder ++ 31.50.363.2718
or 2719
e-mail t.mulder@ppsw.rug.nl


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At Hof
Institute of Human Movement Sciences &
Laboratory of Human Movement Analysis AZG
University of Groningen
A. Deusinglaan 1, room 321
postal address:
PO Box 196
NL-9700 AD GRONINGEN
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel: (31) 50 363 2645
Fax: (31) 50 363 3150
e-mail: a.l.hof@med.rug.nl
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