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  • PhD position at IRM-MMU

    "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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