[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD position in Robotic Rehabilitation at NTU Singapore

Lorenzo MASIA lorenzo.masia at ntu.edu.sg
Mon Mar 24 19:49:55 PDT 2014

Direct Modulation of Brain Plasticity after Stroke by the synergistic action
of Robot Aided Rehabilitation and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

The main focus of the project is to develop a novel paradigm to boost motor
recovery through targeted manipulation of brain activity via the coordinated
effort of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (NIBS) and Robot Aided
Rehabilitation (RAR). The present proposed research aims to drastically
change the present understanding of human/robot interaction and
rehabilitation: the goal is to produce a new physical substrate for
Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology with higher levels of embedded
intelligence and a direct intervention on brain plasticity. The application
of brain stimulation after stroke is mainly based on the concept of tipping
the balance between the hemispheres to recover the lost balance. Recent
findings suggested that inhibition of the hyper excitability of the motor
cortex in the unaffected hemisphere by the application of repetitive
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), may help to improve recovery of
functions of the affected limb after stroke. We want to propose a combined
approach using RAR coupled with NIBS: scope of the PhD student’s work is to
use and refine our existing high performance robotic devices, for wrist and
hand manipulation, to implement therapeutic exercises with the synchronized
application of NIBS and consequently manipulating the plasticity of the two
hemispheres on stroke subjects during the acute phase of the recovery
process. By introducing extensive clinical trials in collaboration with NUH
(National University Hospital, NUS, Singapore), the final goal is to equip
clinicians with a novel rehabilitation technology and a more efficient and
targeted paradigm to qualify and quantify the different components of motor
recovery in those patients treated by RAR and NIBS techniques.
Prospective applicants with interest in the project are encouraged to
contact the supervisor and/or the co-supervisors directly, before making a
formal application. 

Supervisor: Lorenzo MASIA (email: Lorenzo.masia at ntu.edu.sg) 
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological
University (NTU, Singapore)
Website: www.lorenzomasia.info

Co-Supervisor: Annabel CHEN (email: ANNABELCHEN at ntu.edu.sg) 
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
(NTU, Singapore)
Website: http://clinicalbrain.org/?page_id=104

Clinician Collaborator: Effie CHEW (email: Effie_CHEW at nuhs.edu.sg) 
Department of University Medicine Cluster, National University Hospital
(NUH, Singapore)
Website: http://www.nuh.com.sg/umc
The position is sponsored by Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and
Medicine (NITHM). 
The Nanyang Institute of Technology in Health and Medicine is an initiative
of the Future Healthcare Peak of Excellence – one of the five strategic
peaks defined in the NTU 2015 Strategic Plan.

We welcome applicants with a Bachelors or Masters degree in various
backgrounds and two distinct profiles:
electrical engineering,  control engineering, computer science, mechanical
measurements, biomechanics. 
COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE CURRICULUM: experimental psychology, biopsychology,
cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, neurology, psychiatry, cognitive
neuroscience and related fields.

Applications are required to be submitted online. Please select programme
code 193A for PhD Programme in Future Healthcare at NITHM and indicating the
related project:
Number 130 - Direct Modulation of Brain Plasticity after Stroke by the
synergistic action of Robot Aided Rehabilitation and Non-Invasive Brain
Please visit NITHM website to find out details on how to apply for our PhD
research programme before submitting a formal application. Incomplete
submissions will be rejected. 
There are two intakes per academic year. The closing date for submission of
applications for August intake (Semester 1) is 31 March and for January
intake (Semester 2) is 30 June.

Lorenzo MASIA, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor |
Robotics Research Center
Division of Mechatronics and Design 
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Nanyang Technological University  
N3.2-02-46, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798  
Tel: (65) 6790-6239 GMT+8h | Email: lorenzo.masia at ntu.edu.sg  
Web: www.lorenzomasia.info 

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