Reza Shadmehr, Ph.D.

Javits Award
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Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Shadmehr’s research seeks to understand how the brain controls movement through adaptive learning. His approach stresses a close integration of the viewpoints from robotics and control theory with neuroscience to provide a unique perspective on the nature of the biological computations that underlie the control of movements. Taking advantage of some of the salient features of oculomotor control, his team has focused on investigating the cerebellar mechanism of encoding saccadic eye movement error and then learning to correct the errors by Purkinje cells. His project will further enhance the capacity of his primary laboratory at Johns Hopkins University by focusing on the use of neurophysiology to study the neural basis of movement control.