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Mahnan’s research earns two awards from the Voice Foundation

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Arash Mahnan, PhD candidate within the School of Kinesiology, received two awards at the Voice Foundation Symposium 2020 held May 27 – 31. For his outstanding contributions to new research related to spasmodic dysphonia and related voice conditions, Mahnan received the 2020 National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) Award from the NSDA and The Voice Foundation. Additionally, Mahnan won the Best Student Presentation Award.

When asked about his research Mahnan said, “I am working on a novel, non-invasive treatment for the voice disorder spasmodic dysphoria, using vibrotactile stimulation. Our work has shown improvement in the voice quality of individuals with the disorder.” You can watch his presentation here.


Oh, Curry and Mahnan published a paper on the effects of virtual reality on postural stability

May 21, 2020 : Lab members of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory, Jinseok Oh and Arash Mahnan, as well as lab member in the Affordance Perception-Action Laboratory, Chris Curry, recently published a paper titled “Investigation of the effect of virtual reality on postural stability in healthy adults.” The paper was published in the 2020 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality […]


Mahnan presents two papers at the design of medical device conference

May 13, 2020 : Arash Mahnan, PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology, presented two research papers to the virtual 2020 Design of Medical Device Conference (DMD2020). Mahnan is also a graduate researcher in the the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL). The first presentation, “A new system to objectively measure ankle proprioception,” describes a developed medical device that has […]


Kinesiology doctoral student Arash Mahnan awarded the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21

May 5, 2020 : Arash Mahnan, Kinesiology PhD candidate has been awarded the prestigious University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21.  Mahnan is advised by Kinesiology professor Juergen Konczak, PhD, and is a member of the School’s Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory. Mahnan will use the funds from this fellowship to continue his work on the development of a […]


Konczak gives virtual address at NSDA symposium

May 4, 2020 : Jürgen Konczak, PhD, director of the Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), gave an invited presentation to the 30th Research Symposium of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) on May 2. Konczak’s presentation highlighted recent research on a new non-invasive treatment to reduce voice symptoms of individuals with spasmodic dysphonia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]


HSCL receives award to develop vibro-tactile stimulation technology for laryngeal dystonia

May 4, 2020 : The Human Sensorimotor Control Laboratory (HSCL), under Jürgen Konczak, Ph.D., movement neuroscience and biomechanics professor in the School of Kinesiology, received a $50,000 grant from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA). The award will allow the HSCL to further develop non-invasive neuromodulation technology, which uses small vibrators attached to the skin above the voice box […]


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