Emory DPT faculty member Andrew J. Butler PT, MBA, Ph.D. FAHA, Associate Professor Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Research Health Scientist, Atlanta VA Medical Center, and Minoru Shinohara, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Applied Physiology, The Georgia Institute of Technology, were awarded a 2-year, $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service.
The grant is titled, “Effects of sympathetic nerve activity on cortical excitability during a hand motor task”. The aim of the project is to determine predictors and examine the effects of physiologically heightened sympathetic nerve activity on motor cortex intracortical inhibition and facilitation when a hand muscle is relaxed and performing a precision task. The identification of physiologic predictors could lead to the development of new rehabilitative strategies based on the interactions between the sympathetic nervous system and the neuromuscular system.
A member of Dr. Butler’s laboratory (Cory Inman, Department of Psychology) is presenting a poster at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Barcelona, Spain. June 2010. The title of the poster is: Exploratory structural equation modeling (SEM) reveals altered resting-state motor control network connectivity following stroke. Authors are: Inman C, James GA, Hamann S. Rajendra J. Pagnoni G. AJ Butler. Dr. Butler is the senior author on the presentation.