A postdoctoral position is available at Penn State in the Neurorehabilitation and Movement Neuroscience Laboratory of Dr. Bob Sainburg. Our laboratory has focused on understanding brain lateralization for motor control, and the effects of such lateralization on motor function, following brain damage due to unilateral stroke. We have demonstrated that left and right hemisphere lesions have different effects on specific aspects of motor control and learning. Most importantly, each hemisphere contributes to control of both hands, a phenomenon that results in non-paretic arm motor deficits following unilateral stroke. This post-doctoral position will focus two aspects of our research program: Primary role: Intervention study exploiting virtual reality and real-world training of the non-paretic arm in chronic stroke patients with severe paresis. Secondary role: Examining lateralization of bimanual coordination in neurologically typical individuals and in stroke survivors with right and left hemisphere lesions. Our methods focus heavily on recording and analyzing limb kinematics, kinetics, and for many studies electromyography. We also employ standardized clinical evaluations of motor function, activities of daily living, and functional independence. Our intervention study is a 2-site collaboration with Dr. Carolee Winstein at the University of Southern California.
This position has a minimum requirement of 2 years and can be extended.
We are seeking an individual with a Ph.D. in rehabilitation science, kinesiology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or a related field. It would be beneficial to have clinical research experience, as well as basic science experience, and a clinical degree is helpful but not required. The successful candidate will work be directly mentored by Dr. Sainburg and will work closely with his team of scientists, as well as coordinating with Dr. Winstein’s team at USC. Dr. Sainburg has appointments in both Kinesiology and Neurology, and the majority of research will be conducted in his laboratory on the medical campus of Penn State, in the Neurology department. We anticipate the position to be available in November, 2018. Please send your curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references to Robert Sainburg PhD OTR at firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Salary Information: Salary is paid on NIH grant at minimum NIH post-doc level. Hershey Pennsylvania is a very affordable location.
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About Penn State University
Dr. Sainburg's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying control of voluntary arm movements in humans, on brain lateralization for motor control, and on sensorimotor deficits and recovery of function in stroke patients.
LABORATORIES: Dr. Sainburg directs 2 laboratories - The Movement Neuroscience Laboratory on the University Park Campus in the Kinesiology department and the Neurorehabilitation Laboratory on the Hershey Campus in the Neurology Department.
Equipment: Both laboratories have a Kinereach system, custom designed, built, and programmed by Dr. Sainburg. This system interfaces the Trackstar (Northern Digital/Ascension Tech.) magnetic tracking system employing (4) 6 DOF sensors to track arm movements. The Kinereach software interfaces with motion tracker data (Quaternions and XYZ) and describes a 10 DOF 3 segment arm with defined intrinsic and extrinsic angles, based on digitized boney landmarks on each segment that are used to estimate joint centers. The system has many parameters that can be set to present a variety of experimental 'games' including point to point movements with targets, tracing and drawing games, and virtual shuffleboard. Optimal sample ...frequency to afford the smallest online delays and most accuracy is 116 Hz.
The display for these games is presented on a mirror reflecting a 60" display. The arm can be supported on near friction-less air sleds that support the arm during horizontal plane movements. This system can facilitate optimal active range of motion in stroke patients with paretic arms.
The Kinereach system was developed and programmed by Dr. Sainburg, initially in 1998, and has been continuously expanded and updated since this time. This system has been distributed to a number of laboratories, including those of Kathleen Haaland, Phd, Carolee Winstein, PhD PT, Leia Bagesteiro, PhD, John Krakauer, MD, George Wittenburg, MD PhD, and Andrzej Przybyla, PhD. Equipment that is interfaced with the Kinereach system in Dr. Sainburg's laboratory includes EMG and a variety of perturbation devices, including a robot arm (MTI MANUS).
Each of Dr. Sainburg's laboratories has one of these systems, as well as 3-D recording systems that do not include the 2-D display and set-up to record arm movements in free space.