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11-22-2006, 01:55 AM
PhD StudentShip
Penn State University
With Dr. Sainburg
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory/Biomechanics Laboratory
Departments of Kinesiology, and Programs in Neuroscience and Bioengineering

We currently have a funded PhD studentship position available in the
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory in the Kinesiology Department at Penn
State. Students can pursue their research either in the department of
Kinesiology, the program in Neuroscience, or the program in Bioengineering.
Our laboratory is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms underlying
control of multijoint reaching movements in humans. We currently employ two
primary models to explore the organization of reaching movements: Motor
Lateralization in Healthy Subjects and Motor Disorders. We explore control
mechanisms through both empirical studies and, to a lesser extent, through
the use of simulations. We currently have 4 experimental set-ups that employ
a virtual reality environment designed and programmed by Dr. Sainburg. One
of our systems is interfaced with an MIT MANUS robotic system, which allows
the application of programmed forces during movements. All set-ups are
equipped with 3-D multiple segment motion tracking and surface EMG
capabilities. We are currently expanding our projects to explore basic
control mechanisms using movement disorders, including Parkinsonšs Disease
and Stroke. We have a laboratory in the Clinical Neurology Department on our
Medical Campus, and have an active collaboration with Kathleen Haaland at
the New Mexico VA, where we have been examining stroke patients. I have a
professional background and strong interest in medical rehabilitation, and
many of our projects have implications for rehabilitation science. Our
laboratory is currently supported by NIH, and receives partial support
through the Veteranšs Administration and the Pennsylvania State Department
of Health. The current studentship is supported by an NIH R01 Grant.

The Penn State Department of Kinesiology houses a world class program in
Biomechanics and Motor Control, and provides an intellectually stimulating
and scientifically fertile environment in which to learn. Several excellent
seminars in Neuroscience, Biomechanics and Motor Control, and Bioengineering
attract prominent scientists from around the globe. We often have
international visiting scientists, and have frequent scientific and social
interactions between and within laboratories. Our laboratory has
interactions and occasional collaborations with the laboratories of Mark
Latash, Dagmar Sternad, Karl Newell, David Rosenbaum, Toby Mordkoff,
Vladimir Zatsiorsky, Steve Piazza, John Challis, among many others. We also
have a great time in less formal, social get-togethers to celebrate and
discuss science. Overall, this is a very fertile and stimulating
intellectual environment.


Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering
Movement Neuroscience Laboratory and Biomechanics Laboratory
Pennsylvania State University
29 Recreation Building
University Park PA 16802
Tel.: (814)-865-7938
Fax: (814)-8634755