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Effects of experimental pain on balance
Denmark (IMCC) - Aalborg University, Aalborg
Department of Health Science and Technology - Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction
Rogerio Pessoto Hirata, Associate Professor, M. Sc, Ph.D.
Type of Research Project
- Basic science
What is the background of the project?
In the present project the relationship between the postural adaptations induced by pain, i.e. variability of how the body sway adapts to pain in different sensorial conditions, will be described. Bipolar recordings of synergistic muscles will be assessed to observe the coordination between muscles, allowing the investigation of changes in muscles synergies.
What is the aim of the project?
Different sensorial conditions will be tested to identify the importance of the different sensorial information when controlling posture and how it is changed during pain. The assessment of the mechanisms behind pain will provide significant basic and clinical knowledge. The findings of the project not only will help in the compression of the motor control performance during pain, but also the treatment for chronic pain patients could be improved based on the results of the experiments.
What techniques and methods are used?
Force platforms will quantify balance and joint angles will be estimated using high speed cameras. Different pain models will be applied to healthy subjects in order to understand the physiological mechanisms of pain that are involved in the painful conditions of chronic pain patients when controlling the posture.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will observe the practical experiments but will be highly involved in the analysis of the results
- If the project includes “lab work”
- the student will take active part in the practical aspect of the project
- The tasks of the student will be performed on his/her own
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The role of the student is to participate in the data collection - analyses and discussion of results and participation in poster preparation/presentation.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
No theoretical teaching provided
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster - The student will prepare a presentation
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Graduation in Sport Science, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and related areas.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
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