Susan Brown

About

Dr. Brown is a neurophysiologist who studies motor coordination across the life span and in neurological disorder conditions, such as cerebral palsy and Parkinson's disease. She has a particular interest in linking theoretical motor control approaches and clinical research in the area of neurological rehabilitation. She directs an active research laboratory that provides research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Based on research demonstrating that Parkinson's patients could improve their walking ability if visual or auditory cues accompanied their movement, Brown is examining whether sensory cueing may facilitate upper limb performance and postural control in older individuals and people with Parkinson's disease. She collaborates with Dr. Edward Hurvitz in U-M's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to assess the effectiveness of intensive training on upper limb performance in children with spasticity. Besides evaluating different therapeutic strategies, these studies will provide rehabilitation specialists with much needed quantitative assessment methods currently unavailable in clinical settings. Brown's research interests also include age-related changes in hand function and force control. More recently she has initiated a collaborative project with Dr. Daniel Monyeki, University of the North (South Africa) where they are examining the effects of malnutrition on motor coordination in children and adolescents.

Areas of interest

Motor coordination, Aging, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Rehabilitation.

Contact

Susan
Brown
OBL 2152
1402 Washington Hts.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2013
(734) 763-6755
(734) 647-2808

Classes

Course Course Title Credits Term Instructor
KINESLGY 421 Disorders of Voluntary Movement 3 Fall, Winter Brown
Course Name RO: Disord Vol Move
Course Level: Graduate
Description
An introduction to a variety of common diseases or conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's Disease which affect voluntary movement. Emphasis is placed on relating structure to function and the application of motor control principles in describing conditions characterized by sensorimotor deficits. This course will be of interest to students considering careers in neurorehabilitation or other health-related fields.
Prerequisites: Graduate status; MOVESCI 320 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC
KINESLGY 424 Aging and Motor Performance 3 As Arranged Brown
Course Name RO: AgingMotor Perfmnc
Course Level: Graduate
Description
This course focuses on age-related changes in human movement, particularly as they relate to upper limb control. Changes in the sensory, neuromuscular, and central neural systems will be addressed, as well as the development of adaptive strategies and the application of various therapeutic techniques to enhance motor performance. Disease conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, commonly associated with the elderly, will also be discussed. While being primarily a survey course, recent experimental findings will be incorporated where appropriate. This course is relevant for those students considering careers in health care delivery with an emphasis on older populations.
Prerequisites: Graduate status; MOVESCI 320 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC
KINESLGY 600 Graduate Seminar in Movement Science 1 Winter, As Arranged Brown
Course Name RO: Grad Sem MVS
Course Level: Graduate
Description
Graduate students give presentations on their own research related to Movement Science. The emphasis is on communication across Movement Science disciplines (i.e. biomechanics, exercise physiology, and motor control) and presentation skills. Can be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites: Graduate status.
Component: SEM
MOVESCI 320 Motor Control 4 Fall, Winter Brown
Course Name RO: Motor Control
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
Introduces students to the neural and behavioral basis of motor control. It covers nervous system structures involved in planning, executing and learning movements, as well as the principles of motor control that apply to locomotion, reaching and grasping, eye movements and more complex skills.
Prerequisites: (MOVESCI 110 or Athletic Training BS Major) and (MEDADM 401 or MOVESCI 230 or AT/PHYSED 310) and (MOVESCI 250 or S250 Student Group) and (PHYSIOL 201 or Athletic Training BS Major).
Component: LEC,LAB
MOVESCI 421 Disorders of Voluntary Movement 3 Fall, Winter Brown
Course Name RO: Disord Vol Move
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
An introduction to a variety of common diseases or conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's Disease which affect voluntary movement. Emphasis is placed on relating structure to function and the application of motor control principles in describing conditions characterized by sensorimotor deficits. This course will be of interest to students considering careers in neurorehabilitation or other health-related fields.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 320 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC
MOVESCI 424 Aging and Motor Performance 3 Fall, Winter, As Arranged Brown
Course Name RO: AgingMotor Perfmnc
Course Level: Undergraduate
Description
This course focuses on age-related changes in human movement, particularly as they relate to upper limb control. Changes in the sensory, neuromuscular, and central neural systems will be addressed, as well as the development of adaptive strategies and the application of various therapeutic techniques to enhance motor performance. Disease conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, commonly associated with the elderly, will also be discussed. While being primarily a survey course, recent experimental findings will be incorporated where appropriate. This course is relevant for those students considering careers in health care delivery with an emphasis on older populations.
Prerequisites: MOVESCI 320 or permission of instructor.
Component: LEC