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vbaltzopoulos26
01-28-2008, 02:14 AM
"The proprioceptive and visual control of human balance in relation to
ageing and disease"

Maintaining balance is a skill that we all depend upon for a healthy and
satisfying life, and yet it is a task that can stretch human motor skill to
the limits of its biological capability. It is known that humans register
and process sensory information imperfectly and can only construct
appropriate motor output at a moderate and limited rate. These restrictions
are tested by our ability to balance and control unstable loads. Using
visual-proprioceptive balance apparatus and ultrasound analysis of muscle
displacement, this project will investigate the visual and proprioceptive
control of balance using healthy subjects of differing age, and diseased
subjects with differing neuro-motor limitations e.g. Parkinson's or
cerebellar disease. In particular, the interest is in the comparison of
proprioceptive and visual modalities with application to ageing and
Parkinson's disease, and on the frequency bandwidth of central control in
relation to ageing and cerebellar disease.

Since the project depends on flexible development of analysis using MATLAB,
an essential requirement for the successful applicant is an aptitude for,
and interest in computer programming, as well as a sustained interest in
human motor control and engineering psychology. The project will require
experimental work to be carried out in the laboratory and at times, away
from the laboratory in clinical settings. A degree in
physical/physiological/computer science, mathematics or engineering is
desirable.

If you are interested, please make immediate contact by expressing an
interest and sending a full c.v. to Dr Ian Loram at I.Loram@mmu.ac.uk

Funding (fees and maintenance) is available for EU applicants only. No
financial support is available for non EU applicants.

Please visit the IRM website for further information on the Research
Institute: www.irm.mmu.ac.uk

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