Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory
General Laboratory Description
Dr. Philip directs the Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory. The lab is engaged in translational science that bridges scientific discovery and rehabilitation via a two-pronged mission: understanding how the brain controls movement, especially for unimanual action, and applying that knowledge to improve rehabilitation of patients with nerve damage, stroke, or other motor disabilities. Under the direction of Dr. Philip, the lab explores the nature of human movement control and handedness.
- How is the brain organized and connected to support the specialization of the dominant hand for precision control of the hand and fingers?
- How can we take advantage of these neurological and neurophysiological differences to improve rehabilitation for individuals with unilateral impairment of the dominant hand?
General Description of Student Activities
Students will have an opportunity to learn about the clinical research process, develop emerging research skills, and develop a greater understanding of the motor and rehabilitation neuroscience that underpins occupational therapy.
Students work collaboratively with Dr. Philip and other lab members on current research initiatives, attend regular lab team meetings, and gain an understanding of current lab initiatives and the peer-reviewed literature in this area of study. Students will participate in ongoing research projects, which may include training and application of behavioral and neuroscientific research techniques. As part of this process, students will analyze clinical research data and review the scientific literature. After training, students may have the opportunity to work with healthy adults and research participants who have peripheral nerve injuries or other disabilities. Students will then gain experience collecting, organizing and analyzing research data under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Philip.
Examples of Projects
- Behavioral Impact of Nerve Injury: Identifying how peripheral nerve injuries affect hand usage and participation
- Precision Drawing: Developing new assessment tools to measure how precision drawing tasks can predict and quantify handwriting performance
- Interhemispheric Connectivity: Measure how neural connectivity between the cerebral hemispheres contributes to hand dominance
- Motor Learning: Enhance skill learning to facilitate adaptation and rehabilitation