Professor/combined with other employment at Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation Units: Physiotherapy
Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Academic exams: Registered physiotherapist 1984, Bachelor in Physiotherapy 1987, PhD in Neurophysiology, Dept of Physiology, Umeå university, 1995. Associate professor 2003, Professor 2009.
University employment: Professor
Teaching and assignments: I teach at the Medical faculty at the undergraduate level and the Doctoral level, and mostly in Physiotherapy
Chairman of the programme committee for Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy Educations 1998-2005. Member of the Medical faculty board since 2005- . Vice chairman of the research board of the medical faculty 2008- . Member of the Regional Ethical Review Board 2004 - 2009
Research: I am interested in sensorimotor control, i.e., how the brain controls our muscles as efficiently as possible by means of the sensory and motor systems. Through studies of normal motor development in children and of movement control in healthy persons, we can build theories for how human movements are controlled by the brain and identify which factors that are essential to our movement ability. Such theories and methods will help us to understand the mechanisms behind pain or movement disorders due to lesions or illness. This will optimize movement training and rehabilitation. My research has focused on hand and arm control but lately also involved balance control. I work with studies in children and adults, in health as well as with various movement disorders such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, knee pain, neuropathy, stroke etc. The methodology involves kinematic movement analysis, force measurements and recordings of electromyographic activity in the muscles in a movement laboratory, but also surveys or clinical tests. The studies also include evaluation of outcome measures and clinical intervention in for instance neck patients and children with movement disorders. My research group has a multi-professional collaboration with for instance orthopedic surgeons, physiologists, radiologists, biomedical engineers, occupational therapists and psychologists. National and international collaboration involve for instance Centre for Muscolusceletal Research (CBF) at Gävle Högskola, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm and University of Miami, Fl, USA, University of Otago, New Zealand and University of Ulster, UK.
My research is supported among others by the Swedish Scientific Research Council, Vårdalstiftelsen, Västerbottens läns landsting, Lundbergs forskningsstiftelse.
Ann-Katrin Stensdotter, PhD, Registered physiotherapist
Gunilla Elmgren-Frykberg, PhD, Registered physiotherapist, Post doc
Helena Grip, PhD, Qualified engineer, Post doc
Gudrun Johansson, PhD student, Registered physiotherapist
Marlene Sandlund, PhD student, Registered physiotherapist, BSc in informatics
Eva Tengman, PhD student, Registered physiotherapist
Thomas Rudolfsson, PhD student, Qualified engineer (Collaboration CBF)
Jonas Selling, Qualified engineer
Assisting supervicor to:
Lisbeth Brax Olofsson, PhD student, MD, Orthopaedics
Marius Sommer, PhD student, PsychologyClose