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    2nd ANNOUNCEMENT. We still have a few studenships available for January
    1997. We are interested in filling these ASAP. These studenships support
    work in the laboratory described below, as well as a number of other
    laboratories in Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Therapy, Occupational
    Therapy, Exercise Science, Nursing, Nutrition, and the Center for Assistive
    Technology. If interested, please reply promptly. At the bottom of this
    notice is a general description of our PhD program.

    REHABILITATION SCIENCE AT SUNY/BUFFALO. Our laboratory is seeking positions
    for students interested in Human Motor Control. Students with backgrounds
    in physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise science, Nursing,
    special education, medicine, Neuroscience, Psychology, Neuropsychology and
    other areas related to clinical rehabilitation are encouraged to apply.
    Experience in a clinical environment or with clinically related research is
    a positive factor in the application. Tuition remission and stipends are
    currently available to students from a variety of sources including a newly
    awarded training grant from OSERS and state supported teaching
    assistantships. Please refer to separate listing describing Ph.D. program
    in detail. The Human Motor Control Laboratory is described in some detail

    Human Motor Control Laboratory Director: Robert L. Sainburg, Ph.D.

    The human motor control laboratory in the school of Health Related
    Professions at SUNY/Buffalo is focused on discerning the neural mechanisms
    responsible for the control of multijoint arm movements. Specifically, we
    are examining how visual and proprioceptive information contribute to
    control of limb dynamics during targeted reaching movements. Experiments
    are conducted on neurologically intact subjects as well as subjects with
    specific lesions, including sensory neuropathies and patients with CNS
    damage. In current work, we are attempting to discriminate which components
    of control are implemented through feedback circuits and which features are
    handled through feedforward or anticipatory mechanisms. Anticipatory
    control requires learning and we are thus examining how subjects learn
    about novel inertial dynamics. We expect that these investigations will
    help clarify the algorithms the nervous system uses for controlling
    multijoint reaching movements. To examine these topics, we use a
    combination of psychophysical experiments coupled with biomechanical and
    electromyographic analysis, and computational methods, including computer
    assisted musculoskeletal modeling of the arm, to help understand and guide
    our experimental work.

    The laboratory is equipped with a custom designed air powered hovercraft to
    support the arm in the horizontal plane, removing both frictional and
    gravitational torques at the joints (in the plane of motion). High
    frequency kinematic recordings are synchronized with electromyographic
    recordings. Data acquisition is accompanied by high frequency real-time
    feedback presented in a custom designed computer game format. Data is
    analyzed off-line using kinematic, biomechanical, and computational
    modeling techniques. Dr. Sainburg's research is supported by the National
    Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research.

    Selected publications:

    Viril-Babul, N., Sainburg, R.L., Huagn, H., and Ghez, C. Rate of learning
    novel limb dynamics depends on the nature of feedback signals. Soc.
    Neurosci. Abstr: 23:85.7, 1997.
    Sainburg, R.L., Faran, K., Rossi, L., Alberoni, M. and Ghilardi, M.F.
    Learning of novel limb dynamics transfers to the contraleral arm. Soc.
    Neurosci. Abstr: 23:85.13, 1997.
    Sainburg, R.L., and Ghez, C. Limitations in the learning and
    generalization of multijoint dynamics Soc. Neurosci. Abstr: 18:1324 1995.
    Sainburg, R.L., Ghilardi, M.F., Poizner, H., and Ghez, C. The Control of
    limb dynamics in normal subjects and patients without proprioception. , J.
    Neurophysiology 73:2 820-835, 1995.
    Sainburg, R.L., Poizner, H., and Ghez, C. Loss of Proprioception Produces
    Deficits in Interjoint Coordination. J. Neurophysiology 70: 2136-2147,
    Ghilardi, MF., Gordon, J., Sainburg RL., and Ghez, C., Planning Direction
    of Planar Reaching Movements: I. The Importance of Where You Come From,
    Submitted (1996)
    Ghez, C. and Sainburg, R.L. Proprioceptive control of interjoint
    coordination. Can. J. Physiol. & Pharm. 73:273-284, 1995.
    Ghez, C., Gordon, J., Ghilardi, M.F., Sainburg, R.L. Contributions of
    vision and proprioception to accuracy in limb movements. The Cognitive
    Neurosciences. Eds. Gazzaniga, M.S. MIT Press, Cambridge Mass. (549-564),

    Current Laboratory Personel and field of study:

    Robert Sainburg, Ph.D. Director Neurobiology and Rehabilitation
    Dimitrios Kalakanis Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Fellow Biomechanical Engineering
    Karen Faran M.S. Doctoral Student Mechanical Engineering
    Kelly Lommer B.Sc. Technician Exercise Science

    For more information about the motor control laboratory, please contact
    Robert Sainburg.

    For more information about application procedures to the program, please
    contact :
    William J. Gavin, Ph.D.
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Address if writing: University at Buffalo
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    515 Kimball Tower
    Buffalo, NY 14214

    Phone: (716) 829-3141

    E-mail address:


    University at Buffalo announces a new Ph.D. Program!

    Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science

    Rehabilitation Science is the study of physical, musculoskeletal,
    psychological and functional
    disorders in humans. Goals of Rehabilitation Science include the
    development, restoration and
    maintenance of skill and function, the prevention of dysfunction, and the
    examination of adaptation to impairment, disability and societal limitations.

    The departments of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Occupational
    Therapy, Physical
    Therapy/Exercise Science, Rehabilitation Medicine, and the School of
    Nursing at the
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York (UB/SUNY), have
    developed a new
    Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in Rehabilitation Science.
    This interdisciplinary
    group of 39 nationally and internationally recognized faculty has designed
    a curriculum that
    addresses the critical need for faculty and researchers in the area of
    disability and

    The Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science at UB/SUNY addresses the
    functional limitations,
    disabilities and societal limitations of persons that result from
    pathophyiology. The program's
    coursework will not focus on the treatment of disease and trauma, but on
    the long-term
    consequences: functional limitations, disabilities and societal limitations
    - areas that require an
    interdisciplinary approach in service and in research. Graduates of the
    Ph.D. program will
    have an overall understanding of the theoretical basis of rehabilitation
    science and will be able
    to identify major research questions in rehabilitation. In addition, by
    designing, conducting,
    and publishing research on current issues, graduates will display
    knowledge, critical judgment,
    and problem solving abilities.

    The Ph.D. program in Rehabilitation Science is now accepting applications
    from individuals
    with clinical experience in medical and health related professions who wish
    to begin the
    doctoral training program in the coming Spring term of 1998. Tuition
    remission and stipends
    are currently available to students from a variety of sources including a
    newly awarded training
    grant from OSERS; NIH, NIDRR and OSERS research grants of faculty; and
    state supported
    teaching assistantships.

    For more information contact: William J. Gavin, Ph.D.
    Director of Graduate Studies

    Address if writing: University at Buffalo
    Department of Occupational Therapy
    515 Kimball Tower
    Buffalo, NY 14214

    Phone: (716) 829-3141

    E-mail address:

    Robert L. Sainburg Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Director, Motor Control Laboratory
    519 Kimball Tower
    3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214-3079
    Voice 716-829-2093 Fax 716-829-3217

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