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Konczak awarded grant from Children’s Cancer Research Fund

Monday, July 16, 2018:

School of Kinesiology professor Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) has been awarded a grant from the Children’s Cancer Research Fund to study somatosensory deficits in children who survived or are undergoing a cancer treatment.

The $99,800 grant will support Kinesology Ph.D. candidate Jessica Holst-Wolf’s postdoctoral position, and is an extension of her dissertation research. Holst-Wolf and Konczak, who is the PI on the grant, will team with Lucie Turcotte, M.D., from Pediatric Oncology at the U of M. The research team will use assessment technologies developed in HSCL to measure somatosensory dysfunction and apply them to pediatric cancer survivors, which will help to clarify the relationship between chemotherapy and sensory impairment.

Dr. Jürgen Konczak

Konczak receives NIH award to develop new treatment for a voice disorder

May 31, 2018: Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., School of Kinesiology professor and director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), is the primary investigator of a $776,000 NIH R01 award to examine a new approach to treat the voice and speech problems of people with spasmodic dysphonia (SD). Current therapeutic options for treating SD are very limited.  SD does […]

Sanaz Khosravani awarded Clinical Motor Control Conference’s travel grant

May 30, 2018: Sanaz Khosravani, doctoral student in the School of Kinesiology and member of the Human Sensorimotor Laboratory (HSCL), received a travel grant by the organizer of the conference Progress in Clinical Motor Control: Neurorehabilitation. The travel award provides funding for travel expenses, but furthermore the opportunity to participate in the “Progress in Motor Control Student-Faculty Meet and Greet” workshop with […]

Holst-Wolf presents at Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivorship Symposium

May 30, 2018: Jessica Holst-Wolf, Ph.D. candidate in the School of Kinesiology, gave an invited talk at the Northwestern Mutual Childhood Cancer Survivorship Symposium on the U of M campus on April 27. The talk was a preliminary presentation of her dissertation research, measuring somatosensory deficits in individuals treated with chemotherapy for pediatric cancers. The objective was to demonstrate […]

Konczak receives Marty and Jack Rossmann Faculty Development Award

May 10, 2018: Congratulations to Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, who received the Marty and Jack Rossmann Faculty Development Award at the College of Education and Human Development assembly on April 30. The Rossmann Award recognizes a tenured faculty member who has demonstrated a truly exceptional level of creativity and productivity in scholarship, teaching and service, […]

HSC lab publishes in Neuroscience Letters

Apr 20, 2018: The Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL) directed by Juergen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology, recently published in the journal Neuroscience Letters. Yu-Ting Tseng, Ph.D. a former lab member of HSCL, is the primary author of the article. Their study, titled “Wrist position sense acuity and its relation to motor dysfunction in children with developmental coordination disorder” […]

Konczak gives talk at CCS Colloquium/Perception Lunch

Mar 26, 2018: Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., professor in the School of Kinesiology and director of the HSC Laboratory, presented at the Center for Cognitive Science (CCS) Colloquium/Perception Lunch Talks on Tuesday, March 27. The title of Konczak’s talk was “Proprioception – the silent sense: What happens, if it is no longer there?” He illustrated what happens if someone experiences […]

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